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May 15, 2019, 4:30 PM

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Heather Kelly / CNN:
Facebook will now ban anyone who violates its “most serious policies” from using Facebook Live for a set period of time, starting with their first offense  —  San Francisco (CNN Business)Two months after the mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand was live-streamed by the accused gunman …
Washington Post:
WH will not sign Christchurch Call to Action, a commitment by governments and social media companies to fight online extremism, citing free speech concerns  —  The White House will not sign an international call to combat online extremism brokered between French and New Zealand officials …
Facebook:
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Google, and Amazon sign on to the Christchurch Call to Action, commit to a 9-point plan to stop spread of terrorist content online  —  Today, Facebook's Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications Nick Clegg joined G7 government and industry leaders …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google says a bug in its Titan Security Keys' Bluetooth pairing protocols is exploitable by hackers in close physical proximity, provides free replacement keys  —  Google today disclosed a security bug in its Bluetooth Titan Security Key that could allow an attacker in close physical proximity …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Several security researchers say iOS security controls have made it really hard to analyze whether an iPhone has been compromised without jailbreaking it first  —  A recent vulnerability in WhatsApp shows that there's little defenders can do to detect and analyze iPhone hacks.
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News:
Behind Twitter's plan to fix the problems like disinformation, harassment, and outrage through its new prototype app twttr  —  In March, Twitter cofounder Biz Stone tweeted a screenshot of an iPhone homescreen along with a message: “Notice our new prototype? ...
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Ajit Pai proposes a new rule that would allow carriers to block robocalls by default and lets customers block calls from numbers not on their contacts list  —  ‘The American people are fed up with illegal robocalls’  —  On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced a new measure …
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Report details Apple's “long and painful divorce” with Intel, says Apple's custom 5G modems may not arrive until 2025  —  The Information is out today with a detailed report on the falling out between Intel and Apple over the last few years that led to settling with Qualcomm …
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.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft releases its SPTAG algorithm, used to answer questions on Bing, as MIT-licensed open source on Github  —  Search engines today are more than just the dumb keyword matchers they used to be.  You can ask a question—say, “How tall is the tower in Paris?”—and they'll tell …
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.
Meagan Simpson / BetaKit:
Canadian court orders three VCs including Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya to pay $15.69M over conspiracy to exchange Xtreme Labs shares at a discount  —  Former Extreme Venture Partners (EVP) founding partners Sundeep Madra and Amar Varma, as well as Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya …
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Jon Fingas / Engadget:
SanDisk introduces the first 1TB microSD card, for $450  —  Have you been salivating at the thought of stuffing a 1TB microSD card into your phone?  You can finally act on that impulse.  SanDisk has made the record-setting Extreme card available both through its own store and (when it's in stock) …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Solera Health, which integrates with employers' health plans and matches doctors and patients with wellness programs, raises $42M Series C  —  Solera Health, a Phoenix, Arizona-based company that connects customers with evidence-based, non-medical wellness programs, today announced …
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