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May 28, 2019, 6:25 PM

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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Washington Post:
Study: many iOS apps, including the Washington Post's, use “background app refresh” to send tracking info like location and IP address, even late at night  —  Apple says, “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.”  Our privacy experiment showed 5,400 hidden app trackers guzzled our data — in a single week.
Apple:
Apple launches new iPod touch with A10 Fusion chip, support for Group FaceTime, and a 256GB storage option, available to order now starting at $199  —  Featuring Support for Group FaceTime and AR Experiences  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today introduced the new iPod touch with enhancements to power …
Guilherme Rambo / 9to5Mac:
Leaked screenshots reveal iOS 13's Dark Mode, new “Find My” app icon, and a redesigned Reminders app that helps you quickly sort by Scheduled, Flagged, more  —  Not a mockup, some information redacted to protect our sources  —  We're less than a week away from WWDC …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Leaked doc: Google has ~121K temporary and contract workers globally, compared with ~102K full-time staff, raising concerns about its growing reliance on them  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Mindy Cruz had an offer for a full-time position at another big tech company when she accepted a temporary job as a recruiter at Google in 2017.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook, Twitter suspend accounts related to a disinformation campaign that seemed to originate in Iran; messages targeted reporters, policymakers, dissidents  —  Facebook and Twitter each said on Tuesday they had disabled a sprawling disinformation campaign that appeared to originate in Iran …
More: Facebook, Wired, Engadget, and Axios
Daniel Palmer / CoinDesk:
Chat app Kik launches a crowdfunding campaign to support a likely court fight with SEC over its 2017 ICO, says it's spent $5M so far and pledges $5M more in BTC  —  Canada-based messaging app firm Kik has launched a crypto crowdfunding campaign to support a likely court battle with the U.S. Securities …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
MacKenzie Bezos to give over half her $37B fortune to charity, joining the Giving Pledge with Brian Armstrong, Ben Delo, others; Jeff Bezos has not signed  —  MacKenzie Bezos, the world's third-richest woman following her divorce from Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, has signed the Giving Pledge …
Gerrit De Vynck / Bloomberg:
The rise of Chrome and its open source Chromium sibling, often used in new browser projects, raises concerns about Google's effective power over the web  —  - Once underdog, browser now labeled ‘spyware,’ ‘monopolist’  — Company accused of stalling approvals for rival browsers
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
After a long tug of war, W3C says it will not publish future HTML and DOM standards, instead letting the WHATWG, a group of browser vendors, do so  —  W3C hands over development of HTML and DOM standards to browser vendors (WHATWG).  —  An industry group made up the four major browser vendors …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
The tech community doesn't get as excited about tech as we used to, as enthusiasm about startups and embracing new things has been replaced by cynicism  —  WHO WOULD'VE THOUGHT GOOGLE WAVE WOULD BECOME THE GOOD OL' DAYS?  —  Today marks 10 years since Google stoked great excitement …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Twitch temporarily disables the ability for new accounts to livestream after trolls streamed porn, illegal content, and hateful imagery on a section of the site  —  Citing safety as a main priority  —  Twitch has disabled the ability for new accounts to live stream following an attack …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google rolling out new Google Lens filters, including one that highlights popular dishes on a menu and one that overlays translations on top of words  —  The Google Lens features announced at I/O 2019 began rolling out last Tuesday on Android.  Later this week, the new Google Lens with filters …
More: Engadget, CNET, and TechCrunch
Paul Karp / The Guardian:
FOIA doc: Australian police can use new encryption legislation to compel social media giants, telcos, retailers, and Wi-Fi providers to provide info on users  —  Exclusive: Documents reveal rushed encryption legislation allows police to compel wifi providers to turn over information about users
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon to stop ordering from thousands of small suppliers in the next few months, focusing on wholesale purchases from big brands; Amazon denies report  —  - Thousands of mom-and-pops will lose bulk orders from company  — Big brands like P&G and Lego will be immune from the changes
Maciej Cegłowski / Idle Words:
A behind-the-scenes account on what it was like to provide basic cybersecurity training to 41 Democratic Congressional campaigns from late 2017 to 2018  —  You know how it happens.  You try to secure one Congressional campaign, and then another, and pretty soon you can't stop.
Philip Nabben / Lexology:
In the year since GDPR took effect, a look at the first wave of decisions and fines issued by data protection authorities in EU countries  —  European Union, France, Germany  —  On Saturday 25 May 2019, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which aims to protect personal data including …
More: 9to5Mac and Axios

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