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May 16, 2019, 4:32 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft and Sony announce a strategic partnership to explore development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure for game and content-streaming services  —  An unusual partnership  —  Microsoft and Sony are announcing an unusual partnership today, allowing the two rivals to partner on cloud-based gaming services.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
White House launches tool to solicit information from people who had social media accounts suspended or banned and who suspect political bias behind the actions  —  'If you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump'
Casey Newton / The Interface:
As the definition of “bias” expands to include instances where social media users don't have the desired outcome, it's harder for platforms to say there is none  —  Three years ago this month, Mark Zuckerberg gathered together a group of influential conservatives to defend Facebook against allegations of political bias.
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
Europol and FBI arrest the leader and ten members of the GozNym criminal network, who broke into 44K computers and tried to steal ~$100M  —  Paying money and buying online concept, couple doing internet shopping with computer, customers making secure payment on laptop via e-banking service, close up view of hand holding credit card
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Instagram is shutting down Instagram Direct, its standalone direct messaging app that it was testing to rival Snapchat, on iOS and Android  —  As Facebook pushes ahead with its strategy to consolidate more of the backend of its various apps on to a single platform, it's also doing a little simplifying and housekeeping.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Google clarifies Works with Nest shutdown, says connections will continue to work beyond Aug. 31 until they are replicated in new Works with Assistant program  —  Works with Nest moves from fully dead to on life support  —  Google has issued a response to the criticisms of its recent announcement …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook is updating the News Feed algorithm to include data from user surveys about which links users find most worthwhile and who their closest friends are  —  Facebook is updating the News Feed ranking algorithm to incorporate data from surveys about who you say are your closest friends and which links you find most worthwhile.
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Sprint says it will begin offering 5G in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Kansas City on May 31, with preorders for LG's V50 ThinQ 5G starting tomorrow  —  Having previously set general targets for its initial launch of 5G services and devices in the United States, Sprint says today …
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Amazon upgrades its $50 Fire 7 tablet with faster processor, doubled storage, and hands-free activation of Alexa, available for pre-order now, shipping June 6  —  Amazon today unveiled the next generation of its Fire 7 tablet and Fire 7 Kids Edition, speeding up the devices and adding more storage and features.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Asus announces Zenfone 6 with a 48 megapixel flip-top camera, Snapdragon 855, and a 5,000mAh battery, starting at €499  —  Plus a giant 5,000 mAh battery  —  The Asus ZenFone 6 has officially been announced, and where the ZenFone 5 was basically just a boring iPhone X clone …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Ticketmaster announces “Safetix” digital tickets with NFC support, tied to user's phone via an encrypted barcode that automatically refreshes every few seconds  —  Ticketmaster is turning to new technology to help fight ticket fraud.  The ticketing giant today unveiled …
Washington Post:
Trump issues order blocking US companies from doing business with information and communications technology companies owned or controlled by a foreign adversary  —  Amid a deepening trade war with China, President Trump on Wednesday declared a “national emergency” to protect U.S. communications networks …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Revenue Analytics, which uses AI to help clients like Toyota, Best Buy, and Marriott to instantly adjust prices to drive sales, raises $11M Series A  —  Imagine you're a retailer with a diverse clientele.  To whom should you extend a promotion when a product isn't flying off the shelves, and how steep should the discount be?
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Pinterest reports Q1 2019 revenue of $202M, up 54% YoY, net loss of 41.4M, down 21% YoY, global MAUs were up 22% YoY to 291M; stock down ~19% after hours  —  KEY POINTS  — Pinterest shares fell as much as 17% after the company released its first quarter 2019 earnings report after the bell on Thursday …
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Steven Loeb / VatorNews:
Phil, a platform that connects doctors, pharmacies and insurers to deliver speciality drugs to patients' homes, raises $25M Series B  —  Phil works with everyone from patients to manufacturers to make drugs cheaper and easier to get  —  It's no secret that medication is prohibitively expensive …

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