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May 25, 2019, 8:30 PM

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New York Times:
The leaked NSA exploit EternalBlue is being used by hackers to paralyze American cities like Allentown, San Antonio, and most recently Baltimore  —  For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers …
Agnieszka Barteczko / Reuters:
Poland's government files a complaint with EU's top court against EU's new copyright law, which it says is “analogous to preventive censorship”  —  WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland has submitted a complaint to the European Union's top court against copyright rules adopted by the bloc …
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Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:
Facebook decides to let the misleading Nancy Pelosi video remain on its platform indefinitely, but with a fact check, says it will limit the video's reach  —  Nancy Pelosi, the 79-year-old speaker of the House of Representatives, has been a frequent target for President Donald Trump and his political allies.
Beatrice Christofaro / Business Insider:
A look at Plum Island, a highly restricted island off the coast of New York City, where DARPA stages mock cyber attacks on the power grid every six months  —  - Every six months, DARPA stages mock cyber attacks a highly restricted island off the coast of New York.
Stan Higgins / CoinDesk:
Dutch authorities seize the bitcoin transaction mixer bestmixer.io, accusing it of money laundering, say it is the first such takedown  —  The Dutch Financial Criminal Investigative Service has seized the website of a bitcoin transaction mixer in a crackdown involving Europol and other authorities.
David Bond / Financial Times:
How GCHQ, the UK's intelligence service, has adapted to evolving tech and security threats and the challenges in recruiting and retaining its ~6,000 staff  —  Five years ago, Rob, a 38-year-old father of two, was fitting kitchens and bathrooms for a living.  Now he is a digital spy.
Szu Ping Chan / BBC:
Sources: Facebook is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency and a digital payments system in about a dozen countries by Q1 2020  —  Facebook is finalising plans to launch its own crypto-currency next year.  —  It is planning to set up a digital payments system in about a dozen countries by the first quarter of 2020.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's xCloud game streaming service, in testing among its employees, can stream 3,500+ Xbox games without developers making any changes to their titles  —  Still no date for public trials  —  Microsoft is revealing some of the more finer details about its upcoming xCloud game streaming service today.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Source: Snap in talks to license the catalogs of Sony Music, Universal Music, and Warner Music, which will allow Snapchat users to include songs in their posts  —  Snap wants to up Snapchat's music game.  —  The company has been in negotiations with music companies including the big three …

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