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May 15, 2019, 1:25 AM

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
A side-channel flaw called ZombieLoad affects nearly all post-2011 Intel chips; Apple, Microsoft, Google release fixes today that, like Spectre, hit performance  —  Security researchers have found a new class of vulnerabilities in Intel chips which, if exploited, can be used to steal sensitive information directly from the processor.,
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Google says it will begin featuring ads on the homepage of its mobile website later this year, amid tough questions around growth  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will begin featuring ads on the homepage of its mobile website and smartphone app later this year …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
San Francisco passes a ban on the use of facial recognition technology by city agencies, the first ban of its kind for a major American city  —  On Tuesday, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to approve a ban on the use of facial recognition tech by city agencies.
CNBC:
Comcast agrees to sell its stake in Hulu to Disney in five years at $27.5B valuation or appraisal amount; Comcast to relinquish voting rights immediately  —  KEY POINTS  — Disney will take “full operational control” over Hulu from Comcast, effective immediately, the companies announce.
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Paul Ford / Wired:
Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry  —  We have graduated, along with oil, real estate, insurance, and finance, to the big T. Trillions of dollars.  Trillions!  Get to that number any way you like: Sum up the market cap of the major tech companies, or just take Apple's valuation on a good day.
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
A 14-year-old girl with 800,000 YouTube followers is sharing far-right content, highlighting how the platform can push kids to extremism as they build audiences  —  “Soph” has nearly a million followers on the giant video platform.  The site's executives only have themselves to blame.
Larry Cermak / The Block:
Bitfinex CTO confirms that the crypto exchange raised nearly $1B in a private token sale  —  The issuance of the exchange tokens, dubbed LEO, was planned to cover the $850 million currently frozen in several accounts controlled by the payment processing company Crypto Capital …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft warns of major WannaCry-like Windows security exploit affecting older versions like XP that could spread malware via RDS protocol, releases patches  —  Windows 10 and Windows 8 are safe  —  Microsoft is warning users of older versions of Windows to urgently apply a Windows Update today …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Uber is rolling out new options for Uber Black, its luxury car service, including a “quiet preferred” mode, help with luggage, and preferred temperature  —  Tired of chatty drivers?  Uber is finally giving users its most requested feature: an in-app way to request minimal conversation during your ride.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
AT&T has cut 23K jobs since the corporate tax cut passed in 2017, after it lobbied for it by promising an additional $1B in investment in 2018 and 7K new jobs  —  AT&T also cut capital spending despite promising $1 billion capital boost.  —  AT&T has cut more than 23,000 jobs since receiving …
Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:
Amazon breaks ground on its $1.5B Prime Air hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport with enough room for 100 planes, scheduled to open in 2021  —  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hopped into a front-end loader to “move some earth” as the tech giant broke ground Tuesday …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
OnePlus 7 Pro unveiled with upgraded fast charging, a telephoto lens, a 90Hz edge-to-edge screen, and a retractable camera, launching for $669 in the US  —  If you've shopped for an Android phone within the past six years, chances are you've come across OnePlus.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed News:
Sources: Google email warns that accessing internal info without permission can result in termination; activist employees complain about “need to know” language  —  With employees organizing sit-ins over retaliation and continuing to agitate for change, Google is locking down internal communications.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Cybersecurity company Crowdstrike files for IPO, seeking to raise up to $100M, says it had a $140M net loss on $249.8M in revenue for the year ending Jan. 31  —  KEY POINTS  —  Security software company Crowdstrike on Tuesday filed to go public on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “CRWD.”
Steve Dent / Engadget:
HP unveils Omen X 2S, a 15-inch dual-screen gaming laptop with a 6-inch 1080p secondary display above the keyboard, starting at $2,100, available in June  —  Gallery: HP Omen X 2S 15 dual-screen gaming laptop hands-on |  23 Photos … Gallery: HP Omen series laptops press gallery |  25 Photos
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Adobe says it is working with Amazon on a new program called Branded Stores for Amazon Sellers to let smaller merchants create branded storefronts  —  E-commerce giant Amazon was built on the concept of a large marketplace that could be the home for all online shopping …
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