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May 16, 2020, 6:30 PM

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Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg:
Ubisoft sues Apple and Google for selling Alibaba's Area F2 game, which it claims is a “near carbon copy” of Rainbow Six: Siege  —  Ubisoft Entertainment SA sued Apple Inc. and Google LLC, accusing the companies of selling a ripoff of its popular video game “Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege.”
Axios:
Facebook to buy Giphy, keep its branding, integrate with Instagram; sources say the deal is worth ~$400M, while Giphy was valued at ~$600M in its latest round  —  Facebook has agreed to buy Giphy, the popular platform of sharable animated images, Axios has learned from multiple sources.
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Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
John Borthwick, one of Giphy's early investors and board members, describes how the Facebook deal came about and says talks began in late March  —  John Borthwick was one of Giphy's first believers.  The company, which Facebook just bought for a reported $400 million, launched in 2013 out of Betaworks …
Owen Williams / OneZero :
Facebook's purchase of Giphy gives FB insight into how and where gifs are shared outside of its own apps, including device IDs and keystrokes in Giphy tools  —  GIPHY joins Facebook's data collection arsenal  —  Facebook announced on Friday that it will buy Giphy, a popular GIF search engine …
Daniel Zuidijk / Bloomberg:
In a tweet, Trump accuses Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google of being controlled by “Radical Left”, says admin is working to remedy “illegal situation”  —  - U.S. President scolds Facebook, Google, Twitter in a tweet  — Trump says he is ‘working to remedy this illegal situation’
Reuters:
US bans sales to Huawei of semiconductors and semiconductor designs made abroad using certain US software and technology  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Friday moved to block shipments of semiconductors to Huawei Technologies from global chipmakers, in an action that could ramp up tensions with China.
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Nancy Scola / Politico:
Profile of Nick Clegg, Facebook's VP of Global Affairs and Comms, who led the creation of its Oversight Board and is now shaping the company's COVID-19 response  —  The company hired no less than a former deputy prime minister of the UK to fix its reputation and governance.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Conspiracy theories and misinformation about vaccines dominate Instagram's search results, and are made more visible by the app's recommendation algorithms  —  Instagram's efforts to curb health misinformation have done little to stem the flow of conspiracy theories and misinformation about vaccines.
Alexis Ong / Wired:
How members of the gaming community in Romania and Singapore helped lay the foundation for robust high-speed broadband networks in those countries  —  Romania and Singapore don't seem to have much in common, but they both owe their robust broadband in part to videogame fanatics seeking better connections.
Jina Moore / Rest of World:
A deep dive into Sudan's 2019 internet shutdown, how telecom engineers disrupted the government's control over the internet, and the future of digital rights  —  How citizens, telecom employees, and activists in Sudan turned a battle for digital rights into a referendum on the government
Wired:
Facebook's reluctance to fact-check conspiracy theories is based on an outdated “backfire” theory; experiments show fact-checks and debunkings are effective  —  The biggest social network in the world has the wrong idea for how to fight Covid-19 conspiracies.

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