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May 15, 2019, 2:05 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Explaining the Hulu/Disney/Comcast breakup: as media companies get bigger to compete with tech, many shows will scatter from Netflix and Hulu to rival services  —  All the big media companies want their own streaming service.  Big question: Do you want to subscribe to lots of streaming services?
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Big data startup Tealium raises $55M Series F, bringing the total raised to $160M, says it is close to profitability and expects revenues of $100M this year  —  The average enterprise today uses about 90 different software packages, with between 30-40 of them touching customers directly or indirectly.
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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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.
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:
Tencent beats estimates with Q1 profit of $3.95B, up 17% YoY, on revenue of $12.42B, up 16% YoY; WeChat had 1.11B MAUs, up 6.9% YoY  —  Tencent Holdings Ltd.'s quarterly earnings beat estimates, boosted by gains on investments, giving shareholders much-needed assurance the Chinese gaming behemoth is bound for a revival.

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