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May 7, 2020, 8:00 AM

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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.
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Brady Dale / CoinDesk:
Square reports $528M in Q1 revenue from its Cash App, with $306M coming from Bitcoin transactions, exceeding the app's fiat revenue of $222M for the first time  —  Bitcoin has flippened USD on Square's Cash App, sort of.  —  As reported in the publicly traded fintech company's …
Emily Bary / MarketWatch:
Square reports Q1 revenue of $1.38B, up 44% YoY, with net loss of $106M, up $68M YoY, as Square fills reserves to prepare for COVID-19 problems; stock down 6%+  —  Payments processor falls to an adjusted loss as it prepares for merchants' transaction and loan losses with reserves  —  Referenced Symbols
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Epic Games says Fortnite has 350M registered players, up from 250M in March 2019; in April, players logged 3.2B hours in the game  —  More than 3.2 billion hours played in April alone  —  Epic's Fortnite has more than 350 million registered players, the game developer announced on Wednesday.
Brittany A. Roston / SlashGear:
Smart home company Wink to require users pay a $4.99 monthly subscription fee starting May 13, or device automations and accessibility via app will be disabled  —  Smart home company Wink has made a surprising and heavily criticized announcement: it will soon charge a monthly subscription fee.
Manuel Vonau / Android Police:
Microsoft updates To Do with new features as Wunderlist shutters ~5 years after its acquisition, and the founder behind it unveils work on a new app, Superlist  —  Today is finally the day Wunderlist dies, years after the Microsoft acquisition.  Former users are encouraged to switch to Microsoft To Do …
Matt Brian / Engadget:
UK broadband provider Virgin Media and telecom operator O2 announce £31B merger in an effort to take on BT, Sky, and Vodafone in the country  —  The rumors were true: UK broadband provider Virgin Media and telecoms operator O2 are to merge, their parent companies confirmed today.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Twilio beat Q1 estimates with revenue of $364.9M, up 57% YoY, and reports over 190K active customer accounts; stock is up about 25% after hours  —  - Twilio beat expectations on results and its guidance for the current quarter.  — The company withdrew full-year guidance.  —  Jeff Lawson
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Dtex, which uses AI to monitor and detect insider threats in enterprise networks, raises $17.5M led by Northgate Capital  —  A lot of enterprise cybersecurity efforts focus on malicious hackers that work on behalf of larger organizations, be they criminal groups or state actors …
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Lyft reports Q1 revenue of $955.7M, up 23% YoY, as its net loss drops to $398.1M from $1.1B in 2019; active riders rose 3% YoY to 21.2M; stock up 10%+  —  - On Wednesday, Lyft reported losses of $398.1 million, and revenue of $955.7 million for Q1 2020.  — Citing Covid-19 impacts to its business …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Internal document reveals Twitch is looking to fund a slate of original, unscripted series that would be live and interactive on dating, sports, music, and more  —  - Amazon unit will bankroll slate of unscripted series this year  — Use of Twitch has exploded during the coronavirus pandemic
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo reports FY 2019 net profit of $2.43B, up 33.5% YoY, on sales of $12.31B, up 9% YoY, 55.7M Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite consoles sold to date  —  Nintendo reported that its full-year sales for the fiscal year ended March 31 were $12.31 billion, up 9% from $11.30 billion a year earlier.
Emily Bary / MarketWatch:
PayPal misses Q1 estimates with revenue of $4.62B, up 13% YoY, net income of $84M, down from $667M YoY, and says May 1 was its largest transaction day ever  —  Referenced Symbols  —  PayPal Holdings Inc. fell short of first-quarter expectations Wednesday as the company felt the impact …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
GigaSpaces, which develops in-memory data analytics software, raises $12M led by Fortissimo Capital, bringing its total raised to $53M  —  GigaSpaces, a startup developing in-memory computing solutions for AI and machine learning workloads, today announced it raised $12 million.
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