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May 19, 2020, 8:15 PM

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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Joe Rogan's podcast, which he said had ~190M downloads/month in 2019, will become a Spotify exclusive this year; his YouTube will no longer have full episodes  —  A massive gain for the platform  —  Joe Rogan, comedian and host of one of the most popular podcasts in the world, is taking his show to Spotify.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook Shops, a free tool that helps businesses easily list products on their Facebook Page, Instagram profile, Stories, or in ads  —  - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook Shops, a new e-commerce feature that allows businesses to easily list their products on Facebook and Instagram.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Facebook details the AI behind its shopping experiences, accounting for consumer traits like body type, skin tone, location, socioeconomic class, age, and poses  —  Facebook today announced improvements to the shopping experiences across its platform, including Facebook Shops …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft announces Project Reunion, its latest attempt to unify the Windows developer platform by reducing fragmentation between Win32 and UWP APIs  —  At Build 2020 today, Microsoft unveiled Project Reunion, its latest attempt to unify the Windows developer platform by reducing fragmentation …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it is improving its Windows Subsystem for Linux, including adding GUI app support, as its Terminal command line tool reaches version 1.0  —  Linux on Windows 10 gets a big boost and GPU acceleration  —  Microsoft is promising to dramatically improve its Windows Subsystem for Linux …
Mehedi Hassan / Thurrott:
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is buying older movies and shows for Apple TV+ to build a back catalog; as of February it had ~10M subscribers but only half actively used it  —  - Company wants to create back catalog to complement originals  — TV+, launched in November, had 10 million sign-ups by February
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google launches Chrome 83 with updated safety and privacy settings, third-party cookies blocked in Incognito mode, DNS-over-HTTPS support, and new dev features  —  Google today launched Chrome 83 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.  Chrome 83 includes redesigned safety and privacy settings …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces the Fluid Framework, a new type of Office document built around collaborative Lego-like blocks on the web, and says it will be open source  —  Microsoft is creating a new kind of Office document.  Instead of Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, the company has created Lego blocks of Office content that live on the web.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Azure Arc, Microsoft's multi-cloud management service, is now in public preview, allows users to bring services like Azure SQL Database to rival clouds like AWS  —  At its Build developer conference, Microsoft today announced that Azure Arc, its service for managing cloud resources anywhere …
Tom Krazit / Protocol:
The Verge:
Interview with Sundar Pichai on Google's diversity, long-term plans for its hardware division, the pandemic's effect on its ads business, and more  —  Like all big tech companies, Google and Alphabet are playing an outsized role in our lives as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
BBC:
Budget airline EasyJet says email addresses and travel details of ~9M passengers were stolen; some payment info also leaked; it learned of the attack in January  —  EasyJet has admitted that a “highly sophisticated cyber-attack” has affected approximately nine million customers.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Microsoft says it acquired Windows task automation startup Softomotive for an undisclosed sum, merging its tools with Microsoft's Power Automate  —  Microsoft today announced that it acquired robotic process automation (RPA) startup Softomotive for an undisclosed sum.
Brian Merchant / OneZero:
Google says it won't “build custom AI/ML algorithms to facilitate upstream extraction in the oil and gas industry”, after new Greenpeace report on Big Oil ties  —  A Greenpeace report details Silicon Valley's ties to Big Oil — and spurs Google to take a step toward opting out
Eudora Wang / DealStreetAsia:
Chinese fitness app Keep raises $80M Series E at a $1B valuation led by Jeneration Capital Management  —  Chinese fitness app Keep has become the country's first sports tech startup to achieve a $1 billion valuation after raising an $80 million Series E funding round led …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
NYT says it will stop using third-party data to target ads in 2021, building a first-party data platform instead, starting with 45 proprietary audience segments  —  The New York Times will no longer use 3rd-party data to target ads come 2021, executives tell Axios, and it is building out a proprietary first-party data platform.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Researchers found a bug in Bluetooth Classic pairing process that allows attackers to spoof the identity of a previously paired device to gain access of another  —  New BIAS attack works agaisnt Bluetooth devices and firmware from Apple, Broadcom, Cypress, Intel, Samsung, and others.

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