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May 29, 2019, 10:00 AM

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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Flipboard says hackers had access to its servers for 9+ months and stole some customers' info, including digital tokens linking profiles to 3rd-party services  —  Extent of the hack is unknown, but Flipboard said hackers had access to its systems for almost nine months.
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Huawei has filed a motion for summary judgement in its lawsuit against the US, in a bid to expedite an outcome without the costs and time of a full trial  —  SHANGHAI — Huawei is ramping up its legal challenge to American limits on purchases of its equipment, in a sign that it is doubling …
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.
Nick Parker / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft outlines its vision for a modern OS that has invisible background updates, security by default, always connected, supports multiple form factors, more  —  Today, at Computex in Taipei, Microsoft executives Roanne Sones, CVP OS Platforms and Rodney Clark, VP IoT Sales …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon announces 5.5-inch Echo Show 5 that's shipping in July for $89.99, launches new Alexa commands to delete what you just said or everything you said today  —  A direct challenge to the Google Nest Home Hub  —  Amazon is releasing a new Echo device today because apparently …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple's former head of App Store approvals, Phillip Shoemaker, discusses the review process, app rejections, competition between Apple and developers, and more  —  Apple Inc.'s former head of App Store approvals said he's worried about competition between the company and developers …
Jenny Anderson / Quartz:
San Francisco-based Outschool, a marketplace for online classes with video chat for kids, raises $8.5M Series A led by Reach Capital and Union Square Ventures  —  Before Martin Luther King Jr. Day last year, Celeste Law's eight-year-old daughter told her mother that she didn't know much about …
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 …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Intel unveils Honeycomb Glacier, a concept gaming laptop with a 15.6" 1080p primary screen and a 12.3" 1920x720 secondary screen lifted up by a double hinge  —  It's called the Honeycomb Glacier  —  If I'm being honest, the phrase “Honeycomb Glacier” makes me think of a frosty dessert …
Alex Wilhelm / Crunchbase News:
LinkedIn acquires Drawbridge, a startup that helps companies with identity management using machine learning; Drawbridge has raised nearly $69M  —  LinkedIn just acquired its 22nd-known company: Drawbridge.  The smaller company will integrate with LinkedIn's marketing services.
Karissa Bell / Mashable:
eMarketer: Facebook users in the US spent an average of 38 minutes per day on the platform in 2018, down from 41 minutes per day in 2017  —  If you've found yourself spending less time on Facebook over the last year, you're not alone.  As the beleaguered company has battled scandal and tried to emphasize …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
OpenSesame, a marketplace for corporate learning programs, raises $28M Series C led by FTV Capital, bringing its total raised to $47M  —  OpenSesame, a startup that operates a marketplace for corporate learning programs, has raised a $28 million round to fuel growth.
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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
AttackIQ, which provides an automated continuous security monitoring platform for enterprises, raises $17.6M Series B led by Khosla Ventures  —  There's a reason the enterprise security market is expected to be worth $71 billion by 2021, according to Statista: Unguarded systems and networks pose a constant threat.
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 …
Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek:
Researcher finds about a million older Windows devices currently vulnerable to the wormable Remote Desktop flaw BlueKeep, amid spike in port scanning activity  —  Nearly one million devices are vulnerable to attacks involving the Windows vulnerability dubbed BlueKeep and it appears that hackers …
David Uberti / VICE News:
Researchers say Facebook has weakened or disabled tools they use to track political ads and content on the platform, just as 2020 campaigns ramp up ad spending  —  The Iowa caucuses are still eight months away, but the Facebook primary has already begun.  —  President Donald Trump has poured …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Mission, an AWS managed services and consulting company, raises $15M led by Great Hill Partners  —  Los Angeles-based Mission, a managed AWS services firm formed in 2018 from the merger of three consulting companies (Reliam, Stratalux, and G2 Tech Group), today announced that it's raised $15 million …
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Joseph Marks / Washington Post:
Experts say ransomware victims like Baltimore have not taken sufficient measures to protect against the EternalBlue exploit two years after it first leaked  —  THE KEY  —  Critics and defenders of the National Security Agency faced off this weekend over a New York Times report detailing …
New York Times:
Chinese food delivery apps generated an estimated 1.6M tons of packaging waste in 2017, a ninefold jump from two years before, growing to ~2M tons in 2018  —  The noodles and barbecue arrive within 30 minutes.  The containers they come in could be around for hundreds of years thereafter.

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