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May 18, 2019, 9:10 AM

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CNBC:
Google has a “Purchases” page that shows your purchases based on receipts you have in your Gmail inbox; Google says only you can view your purchases  —  KEY POINTS  — Google saves years of information on purchases you've made, even outside Google, and pulls this information from Gmail.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify to start testing Car Thing, a voice-controlled smart assistant device that connects to your car and phone over bluetooth, with some Premium users in US  —  To learn how people consume audio in their car  —  Spotify will begin publicly testing its first hardware today …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Salesforce says faulty script deployment gave users access to all of their company's Salesforce data, forcing it to shut down much of its infrastructure Friday  —  Faulty production script gave users access to all their company's Salesforce data.  —  Salesforce is going through …
Bradley Tusk / Financial Times:
The key value of Uber was its relentless innovation and promise to change the world, which the board forgot when it focused on stability in replacing Kalanick  —  When Uber hired Dara Khosrowshahi in 2017, the company board was solving the wrong problem.  —  The ride-hailing app was in the midst …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Techdirt settles suit by Shiva Ayyadurai, who claimed to invent email; no money exchanges hands; Techdirt to link to an Ayyadurai statement on related articles  —  It's possible that some of you saw the news earlier this week that the legal dispute, in which Shiva Ayyadurai sued us for defamation …
Eric Feng:
VC-backed consumer startups are outperforming enterprise startups at IPOs in this decade, going public more often at higher valuations, compared to the 2000s  —  On May 10th, ride hailing juggernaut Uber Technologies went public raising $8.1 billion at an initial valuation just over $75 billion.
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
A look at Twitter in Japan, its second-largest market, raking in $136M in Q1 revenue, where the service has mass appeal and many users have multiple accounts  —  Rising ad dollars from Japan has bolstered the company's total revenue  —  When Yu Sasamoto joined Twitter Inc. as head of Japan in 2014 …
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Profile of Brian Hofer, an anti-surveillance activist who drafted San Francisco's facial recognition ban and over two dozen other privacy laws in California  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As San Francisco's Board of Supervisors prepared to vote Tuesday on an ordinance forbidding city agencies …
Lizzie O'Shea / Longreads:
All harmful technologies are a product of unethical design, yet, like car companies in the '70s, today's tech companies would rather blame the user  —  an excerpt adapted from Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Teach Us about Digital Technology |
Michael Hytha / Bloomberg:
CDN provider Fastly closes up 50% on its first day of trading after raising $180M in its IPO, is now valued at about $2.2B  —  Software provider Fastly Inc. closed its trading debut Friday up 50% after raising $180 million in its U.S. initial public offering.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google says it will shut down Jump, its cloud-based VR video stitching service, on June 28, due to a usage decline as new video formats and VR cameras came out  —  Google will shut down Jump, its cloud-based video stitching service, this summer.  The company emailed creators Friday afternoon …
More: EngadgetThanks:@jank0
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.

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