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May 16, 2019, 8:55 AM

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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'
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
New York Times:
Sources describe Uber's IPO process and the setbacks that led Uber's $120B pre-IPO valuation floated by bankers to fall to its current market cap of $69B  —  Last September, Uber's top executives were pitched by some of Wall Street's biggest banks, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.
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) …
The Information:
Sources: Quibi, the upcoming mobile streaming service led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, is planning to raise up to $1B, following a $1B raise in August  —  Quibi, the mobile video streaming service headed by Hollywood and tech veterans Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman …
Google AI Blog:
Google details Translatotron, its project to directly translate speech from one language into speech in another without intermediate text  —  Posted by Ye Jia and Ron Weiss, Software Engineers, Google AI  —  Speech-to-speech translation systems have been developed over the past several decades …
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 …
Gené Teare / Crunchbase News:
Q&A with Ted Wang, a partner at micro VC fund Cowboy Ventures, founded by Aileen Lee, on risk rewards of seed rounds, changes since its first fund, and more  —  For our most recent Seed Series we are talking with Ted Wang, the second partner at Cowboy Ventures, a micro VC fund based in Silicon Valley founded by Aileen Lee.
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
In email to staff, Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan says management will not voluntarily recognize its employee union Kickstarter United, wants NLRB election instead  —  “I know this position is disappointing to some of you who were hoping the company would voice support for this effort," he wrote
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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Valve releases Steam Link, its service for streaming desktop games to another device, on iOS and Apple TV, almost a year after its initial App Store rejection  —  Almost exactly a year after its initial rejection from the App Store, Valve today has officially released Steam Link on the App Store.
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 …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
TodayTix, a mobile ticketing startup for affordable theater tickets, raises $73M led by PE firm Great Hill Partners, bringing its total raised to $90M  —  TodayTix, a mobile ticketing company that makes it easy and relatively affordable to go to Broadway shows and other live performances …

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