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May 11, 2020, 5:35 PM

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Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Twitter says it will add labels and warning messages to tweets about COVID-19 with misleading or disputed content and plans to expand the labels to other topics  —  (Reuters) - Twitter Inc will add labels and warning messages on some tweets with disputed or misleading information about COVID-19 …
Travis M. Andrews / Washington Post:
Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo say they are removing a viral 26-minute trailer for “Plandemic”, a conspiracy film that features well-known anti-vaxxers  —  Social media companies including YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook are removing a viral conspiracy theory video because of its claims regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researcher: PCs with Thunderbolt ports have an unpatchable flaw letting hackers with physical access circumvent data safeguards; some new PCs are not affected  —  The so-called Thunderspy attack takes less than five minutes to pull off with physical access to a device, and affects any PC manufactured before 2019.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 768G processor with faster graphics performance and global 5G support  —  Qualcomm isn't wasting any time following up last year's Snapdragon 765G gaming chip with a more powerful model.  It's unveiling the Snapdragon 768G, a follow-up that appears to address what many gamers want the most: raw performance.
Tom Krazit / Protocol:
Apple has gone on a cloud computing hiring spree in recent months, bringing on many well-known engineers, a sign it's committed to improving its infrastructure  —  It's getting cloudy over at Apple.  —  Over the past few months, Apple has gone on a cloud computing hiring spree …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Premium email app Newton Mail says it has been bought by new owners and will still charge $50 per year  —  The $50-per-year email service has been bought again by new owners  —  Newton Mail is returning to life once again under new ownership, marking the unexpected third life for the premium email app.
Wolfie Zhao / CoinDesk:
Bitcoin's third “halving”, the programmed event where mining rewards drop, has occurred, lowering the payout to 6.25 BTC per block; the last halving was in 2016  —  Bitcoin's third halving, the network's quadrennial landmark and the most anticipated event this year in the cryptocurrency industry, has finally happened.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify begins rolling out a new feature called Group Session, which lets multiple Premium users control a listening session  —  Spotify is today introducing a new feature, Group Session, that will allow two or more of its Premium users in the same space to share control over they music being played.
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Jeffrey Katzenberg blames COVID-19 for Quibi's paltry downloads as execs lower projections from 7M users and $250M subscriber revenue estimated for first year  —  Downloads of the $1.8 billion short-form streaming app, meant for phones, are paltry.  “I attribute everything that has gone wrong to coronavirus,” Mr. Katzenberg said.
Steve Neavling / News & Views, Detroit Metro Times:
Michigan's governor implores Facebook to better enforce its rules after threats of violence against her surface in private groups, one of which FB has removed  —  Dozens of angry Michiganders, fueled by conspiracy theories and disinformation about the coronavirus, are promoting violence …

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