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April 9, 2021, 9:05 AM

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Kellen / Droid Life:
In legal documents, Apple exec said “moving iMessage to Android will hurt us more than help us”, which Epic argues is proof of lock-in  —  Epic and Apple are preparing to battle it out in court over the App Store (remember that whole Fortnite debacle?), so in the lead-up to that showdown …
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New York Times:
Union seeking to represent Amazon workers in AL says 3,215 ballots were cast; half of ballots have been counted, votes against unionization have 2-1 advantage  —  With about half the ballots counted late Thursday, votes against unionization had a more than 2-to-1 advantage over those in favor …
Katie Canales / Insider:
Report: hackers scraped data of 500M LinkedIn users and posted it for sale online; LinkedIn confirms the dataset includes publicly viewable info from its site  —  - Personal data from 500 million LinkedIn users has been scraped and is reportedly for sale on a hacking forum.
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Verizon is recalling 2.5M Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspots, ~1.3M of which are in use, after investigation found batteries could overheat and cause fire hazards  —  The CPSC says the devices' batteries are the source of the overheating  —  Verizon said Thursday it is working …
Will Gottsegen / Decrypt:
Robinhood says 9.5 million customers traded crypto on its platform in Q1 2021 compared to 1.7 million in Q4 2020, an increase of 458%  —  The online brokerage service Robinhood said on Thursday that 9.5 million of its customers traded cryptocurrency on its platform in Q1 of 2021.
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
US Commerce Department adds seven Chinese supercomputing entities to an export blacklist for allegedly building supercomputers used by Chinese military  —  - Commerce added seven Chinese supercomputing entities to a U.S. economic blacklist citing national security concerns.
The Markup:
Investigation finds Google uses a secret blocklist to stop advertisers from making YouTube ad campaigns for hate terms; it worked less than a third of the time  —  Many well-known White supremacist and White nationalist terms and slogans were not blocked  —  First of two parts.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Amid a mental health crisis because of COVID-19, Stanford researchers found that most tech platforms have no policies related to discussions of self-harm  —  Exclusive: Amid a rising mental health crisis, Stanford researchers find many companies ignoring posts about self-harm
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Lawsuit alleges that, since 2017, civil rights groups have flagged hundreds of anti-Muslim Pages and Groups to Facebook, more than half of which stayed up  —  Suit says the company made false claims to consumers by promising, at congressional hearings, that it quickly removes hate groups and hate speech
David Priest / CNET:
Samsung announces $40 SmartTag+, which uses Bluetooth and UWB to locate lost items, and AR to guide users to them, launching globally on April 16  —  Samsung has announced it will launch its new $40 SmartTag Plus globally on April 16, with US availability to follow “in the coming weeks.”
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Iyuno-SDI Group, whose ERP software offers media localization services like subtitles, dubbing, and accessibility features, raises $160M from SoftBank Vision 2  —  Iyuno-SDI Group, a provider of translated subtitles and other media localization services, announced today it has raised $160 million in funding from SoftBank Vision 2.
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Intel details Bleep, which uses AI to redact audio when it detects “hate speech” and lets users toggle how much they want to hear  —  Intel gave a presentation at GDC a few weeks back, but I'm guessing nobody actually watched it because it took until this week for anyone to notice …
New York Times:
Taiwan is going to great lengths to keep water flowing to chip factories of TSMC and others, including shutting off irrigation to legions of rice growers  —  The island is going to great lengths to keep water flowing to its all-important semiconductor industry, including shutting off irrigation to legions of rice growers.
Jeanny Yu / Bloomberg:
Tencent-backed Linklogis, which develops fintech for supply chain industry, rises $11% in Hong Kong debut after pricing its $1.02B IPO at HK$17.58 per share  —  - Linklogis priced $1 billion offering near midpoint of range  — Too early to say city's IPO sentiment is recovering: UOB

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