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April 19, 2020, 5:05 PM

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Decrypt:
Hackers steal ~$25M worth of cryptocurrency from Lendf.Me decentralized lending platform based on dForce protocol, likely using a well-known Ethereum exploit  —  DForce, a Chinese decentralized finance protocol, today lost $25 million worth of its customers' cryptocurrency due to a well-known exploit of an Ethereum token.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launch Rt.live, an up-to-date tracker of how fast COVID-19 is spreading in each US state  —  Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have teamed up to launch their first product together since leaving the Facebook mothership.
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Facebook to launch a dedicated gaming app to let users create and watch live game streams, available on Android on Monday, and on iOS when Apple approves it  —  Video games are surging in popularity in the pandemic.  So Facebook is rolling out an app designed for creating and watching live gameplay.
Nour Haydar / ABC:
Australia orders the creation of a mandatory code of conduct requiring platforms like Google and Facebook to pay media businesses for news content  —  The Federal Government has ordered the competition watchdog to develop a mandatory code of conduct to govern commercial dealings between tech giants and news media companies.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Spontaneous social apps that let users join video, voice, and chat rooms on a whim have become popular under lockdowns, like exclusive voice chat app Clubhouse  —  Forget the calendar invite.  Just jump into a conversation.  That's the idea powering a fresh batch of social startups poised …
Benedict Evans:
COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of tech and ecommerce that will impact the lives of people who aren't online, especially in the developing world  —  At the beginning of this year (which now feels like 100 years ago), I gave a presentation on macro trends in tech, at an event in Davos.
James Batchelor / GamesIndustry.biz:
Pokémon Go developer Niantic names its current board member Megan Quinn as COO; Quinn was most recently a general partner at VC firm Spark Capital  —  Former employee leaves position at Spark Capital to return to Pokmon Go developer  —  Niantic has appointed a new COO — and it's a familiar face for the firm.
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Atlantic:
The idea that the pandemic has made the internet better is tempting but premature, as major platforms struggle to adapt to a surge in activity and new use cases  —  The weekend before bars and restaurants closed in New York, I sat on the ground in the park with three friends in a creepy circle …
Ian Walker / Kotaku:
Riot launches one of the biggest bug bounty programs in gaming, offering up to $100K for finding security flaws in its controversial Vanguard anti-cheat system  —  Riot has posted one of the biggest—if not the biggest—bounties in gaming, offering people up to $100,000 if they can find …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Profile of Stacy Mitchell, the driving force behind Athena, a coalition of ~50 labor, small business, and social justice groups aiming to curb Amazon's power  —  Stacy Mitchell knew that taking on a trillion-dollar company would be a lopsided fight.  But the pandemic has not only made Amazon more essential.
J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs an executive order allowing people to get a marriage license remotely and letting clerks perform ceremonies over video  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed an executive order Saturday allowing New Yorkers to obtain marriage licenses and perform ceremonies remotely.

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