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May 17, 2020, 12:25 AM

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Tim Anderson / The Register:
A nonprofit founded by privacy advocate Max Schrems has filed a complaint against Google on behalf of an Austrian citizen, claiming Android Ad ID violates GDPR  —  Claims consent was neither informed, nor specific, nor free - but Google says it cannot identify a user from the ID
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.”
Daniel Zuidijk / Bloomberg:
Trump tweet accuses Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google of control by the “Radical Left”, says his administration 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’
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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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.
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
Homeward, a web-based service that helps homeowners buy a new home before listing their existing home for sale, raises $20M in equity and secures $85M in debt  —  Homeward, an Austin-based real estate startup that aims to help people buy homes faster, announced this morning that it has secured $105 million in funding.
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

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