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May 5, 2021, 10:10 AM

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Oversight Board:
Facebook Oversight Board upholds Trump's suspension, but asks Facebook to review the decision within six months to determine a penalty consistent with its rules  —  The Board has upheld Facebook's decision on January 7, 2021, to restrict then-President Donald Trump's access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram account.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
After teasing a new social media platform, Trump debuts a new section on his website that's effectively a blog  —  A true poster never logs off for long  —  After months of promising his own social media network for banned posters, former President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched a new section …
Shoshana Wodinsky / Gizmodo:
Signal says Facebook shut down its ad account over an Instagram ad campaign that showed the user data Facebook collects to sell ads  —  A series of Instagram ads run by the privacy-positive platform Signal got the messaging app booted from the former's ad platform, according to a blog post Signal published on Tuesday.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
On Day Two of the Apple vs Epic trial, Sweeney said he would have taken an exclusive App Store deal, Apple recounted Epic's praise of Apple's Metal API, more  —  The Apple vs. Epic trial continued today, with Epic CEO Tim Sweeney testifying and facing cross-examination from Apple's layers.
Nick Statt / Protocol:
At trial, Tim Sweeney contends that the App Store taking “30% off of the top” is an existential threat to Fortnite becoming a metaverse or platform for creators  —  Epic CEO Tim Sweeney finished his time on the stand Tuesday afternoon, during day two of the Epic v. Apple trial.
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Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Dell patches a recently discovered 12-year-old driver vulnerability impacting hundreds of millions of Dell systems, which gives local attackers full PC control  —  Hundreds of millions of Dell desktops, laptops, notebooks, and tablets will need to update their Dell DBUtil driver to fix …
Adam Janofsky / The Record:
Study: 60% of 73 K-12 apps from 38 schools in 14 states across the US send student data to a variety of third parties, roughly 50% to Google and 14% to Facebook  —  The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed schools around the country to adopt and rely heavily on new technology.
Carmen Reinicke / CNBC:
Dogecoin's price surged roughly 40% on Tuesday, reaching a market cap of $69B, up 11,000% YTD, and making Dogecoin the fourth-largest cryptocurrency  —  The latest cryptocurrency star is a coin named after a meme of a Shiba Inu dog that was started as a joke.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook says that Workplace has 7M paid subscribers, up 40% YoY, as it announces new features, like Microsoft 365 and G-Suite calendar integrations  —  - Facebook's Workplace enterprise communications software has now reached 7 million paid subscribers.  — The milestone is up 40% from 5 million last May.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google revealed the Pixel Buds A-Series in a now-deleted tweet, which mentioned a new Fast Pair feature  —  At the end of March, we exclusively reported about Google's next wireless earbuds, and the first image leaked a week later.  Google today announced the “Pixel Buds A-Series” on Twitter …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Timescale, which develops the open source TimescaleDB time series database, raises $40M Series B led by Redpoint Ventures, bringing its total raised to ~$70M  —  Timescale, makers of the open source TimescaleDB time series database, announced a $40 million Series B financing round today.

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