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May 14, 2019, 10:00 AM

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Mehul Srivastava / Financial Times:
WhatsApp says flaw let attackers install NSO Group surveillance software on phones via the app's call function, issued server fix Friday and a patch on Monday  —  A vulnerability in the messaging app WhatsApp has allowed attackers to inject commercial Israeli spyware on to phones, the company and a spyware technology dealer said.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Lenovo demos a prototype folding ThinkPad with a 13.3" 4:3 2K OLED display, plans to launch a finished device in H1 2020 as part of its ThinkPad X1 brand  —  Hands-on with Lenovo's PC prototype with folding screen  —  Folding phones are already being pitched as the next big wave of tech …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
VP of Apple Pay debuts a new iPhone NFC feature: tags that trigger Apple Pay purchases when tapped without needing a special app; Bird is a launch partner  —  Apple's VP of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey today announced a new NFC feature for iPhone: special tags that trigger Apple Pay purchases when tapped …
Lauren Thomas / CNBC:
Walmart announces next-day delivery on 200K+ items for orders over $35, first in Phoenix and Las Vegas, and expanding to 75% of the US population by year-end  —  KEY POINTS  — The retailer's rollout of next-day delivery will begin in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Southern California …
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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Neighborhood social network Nextdoor raises $123M led by Riverwood Capital at a $2.1B valuation, bringing its total raised to $400M+  —  Nextdoor, the social network aimed at local neighborhoods, has raised $123 million in a round of funding led by Riverwood Capital, with participation from Benchmark …
Bloomberg:
Uber's CEO, in email to staff Monday, acknowledged the rocky trading debut, noting Facebook and Amazon's initial post-IPO difficulties; stock ends day down 10%+  —  Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, in an email to staff Monday, acknowledged Uber's rocky trading debut, while at the same time saying …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook raises pay for content moderation contractors to $22/hr in SF, NYC, DC; $20/hr in Seattle; and $18/hr in other metros; says minimum wage is not enough  —  Social-media giant says current minimum wage isn't enough in expensive areas such as Silicon Valley
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Unravel Data, which makes an app performance management platform for big data stacks, raises $35M Series C led by Point72 Ventures  —  Big-data application performance monitoring firm Unravel Data Systems Inc. today said it has raised $35 million in a round of funding led by Point72 Ventures.
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Researcher finds unprotected Elasticsearch cluster exposing ~3.5M records of Panama citizens, including full names, dates of birth, and national ID numbers  —  An unprotected Elasticsearch cluster exposed 3,427,396 records containing sensitive personal information on Panama citizens with …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Flexa launches Spedn app to let users pay for goods in physical stores with cryptocurrencies including bitcoin, ether, bitcoin cash, and the gemini dollar  —  Accepted at GameStop, Nordstrom, Whole Foods, and more  —  A new payment network called Flexa is launching today that'll let you spend cryptocurrencies in physical stores.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
WekaIO, which develops file systems optimized for AI and technical workloads, raises $31.7M Series C led by HPE, bringing total raised to about $73.7M  —  No matter the domain, data-intensive apps share one requirement in common: a reliable file system that ensures data is available to them on demand.

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