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May 6, 2020, 4:15 PM

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New York Times:
Facebook's Oversight Board announces its first 20 members, out of a total of 40, who will oversee challenging content issues  —  The company's independent oversight body will focus on challenging content issues, such as hate speech and harassment.  —  The authors are co-chairs of Facebook's oversight board.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Microsoft debuts 13.5-inch and 15-inch Surface Book 3 laptops with 10th-gen quad-core Intel CPUs, new NVIDIA GPUs, available May 21 from $1,600 and $2,300  —  With the Surface Book 2, Microsoft proved it could take on the MacBook Pro directly with a powerful and genuinely innovative PC notebook.
Panos Panay / Windows Blog:
Microsoft announces $250 Surface Headphones 2 with better sound and battery, arriving on May 12, and says its Surface Buds will ship on the same day for $200  —  Available for preorder today, new Surface devices and accessories are designed to help you work, learn, connect and play from anywhere
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Surface Go 2 with a bigger 10.5-inch display and more powerful Intel processors in higher-end models, coming May 12, starting at $400  —  The smaller Surface gets a big hardware bump  —  Microsoft's smallest Surface tablet is getting some important hardware upgrades today in the form of the Surface Go 2.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says Android 11 Beta 1 is being pushed back to June 3, about a month behind schedule, but the final release is still on track for Q3  —  Back in February, Google laid out plans for three Android 11 developer previews and betas.  The company delivered the first half on that schedule amid COVID-19 …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Sources: Google to release a Fire TV-like Android TV dongle with a new content-centric UI in the coming months, likely extending its Nest brand to the product  —  Google is set to introduce an Android TV streaming device in the coming months, a reimagined dongle with a new user interface …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Uber says it will lay off 3,700 employees, or ~14% of its workforce, as it has been hit hard by the pandemic; CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will forgo his base salary  —  Uber announced Wednesday that it will lay off 3,700 employees.  The cuts to its customer support and recruiting teams represent …
Ellen Hammett / Marketing Week:
Study: half of the money brands invest in programmatic advertising never reaches online publishers; 15% of the money is unattributable to supply chain players  —  A new study by ISBA has found that half the money advertisers invest in programmatic advertising never reaches online publishers …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Interview with Apple SVP Craig Federighi about the iPadOS cursor, a significant change to the pointer paradigm, and the decisions Apple made to get there  —  Apple SVP Craig Federighi talks about the iPad's new cursor and Magic Keyboard  —  Even though Apple did not invent the mouse pointer …
Ivan Mehta / The Next Web:
Facebook tries again to offer “free” mobile web access with data limits, partnering with telecoms in Peru to offer a Discover app that lets users visit any site  —  Remember Free Basics?  Facebook's ambitious program to bring people to the internet for the first time.
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee makes a rare apology, saying he will not hand over management of the company to his children, and vows to protect labor rights  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee, embroiled in a bribery scandal, on Wednesday made a rare apology …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
The Libra Association names former US Treasury Department official Stuart Levey as its first CEO ahead of a renewed regulatory push  —  The Libra Association, the group behind the proposed digital currency invented by Facebook Inc., named former U.S. Treasury Department official Stuart Levey as its first chief executive officer.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Match says Tinder will launch in-app one-on-one video chats later this year, as growth falls during the pandemic, although most details are TBA  —  A big undertaking for one of the world's largest dating apps  —  Tinder is going to launch its own in-app, one-on-one video chats later this year.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Security researchers say India's contact tracing app, mandated for many workers and downloaded over 90M times, could leak patient GPS data  —  The system's use of GPS data could let hackers pinpoint who reports a positive diagnosis.  —  As countries around the world rush to build smartphone apps …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Source: Spotify is testing video podcasts in its app, starting with two YouTube stars  —  The test is coming to half of Zane Hijazi and Heath Hussar's audience  —  Spotify is now testing video podcasts in its app, starting with two YouTube stars: Zane Hijazi and Heath Hussar, hosts of Zane and Heath: Unfiltered.
Bloomberg:
Spotify CEO expects Apple to “open up” its platform more to 3rd-party apps, after Spotify's antitrust complaint with the EU, but sees it as a long-term process  —  - Apple plans to let other music services integrate with HomePod  — Ek says ‘steps to go before’ Apple is open and fair platform
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
With gyms closed, sales of the $2,245 Peloton connected smart bike have surged; Peloton's stock has risen 86% since mid-March, valuing the company at $10B  —  With gyms closed and nowhere to go, more people are shelling out $2,245 for the workout bike.  —  Lauren Allbright, a teacher …
Divya Balji / Bloomberg:
Shopify tops estimates with Q1 revenue of $470M, up 47% YoY, and gross merchandise volume of $17.4B, up 46% YoY  —  - First-quarter revenue jumped 47% to $470 million from 2019  — Gross merchandise volume soared 46% to $17.4 billion  —  Shopify Inc. reported first-quarter revenue …

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