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May 6, 2021, 11:05 AM

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Oversight Board's decision on Trump's Facebook ban failed to send a clear message that a powerful public official can't use Facebook to endanger the public  —  In more than 1,400 posts from Jan. 1, 2020 and Jan. 6, 2021, Donald Trump used Facebook to spread false information with devastating consequences for the country.
New York Times:
Nick Clegg, who shaped Facebook's handling of Donald Trump, will lead the final decision-making process after the Oversight Board handed it back to Facebook  —  Nick Clegg, a former deputy prime minister, has shaped the company's handling of Donald Trump at every turn.
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Patrick Howell O'Neill / MIT Technology Review:
Sources: US quietly informed Apple that a Qihoo 360 researcher's iPhone 0-day that won China's top hacking contest in 2018 was used by China to spy on Uyghurs  —  An attack that targeted Apple devices was used to spy on China's Muslim minority—and US officials claim it was developed at the country's top hacking competition.
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Microsoft announces a new pledge for EU commercial users of Azure, Microsoft 365, and Dynamics 365, allowing them to store most of their data in the EU by 2022  —  EU business data stored in Microsoft cloud can almost stop flowing to the US by 2022, but customers might need to pay more for the capability.
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
IBM says it has created the first 2nm chip, which can improve performance by 45% at the same power, or same performance at 75% power, compared to 7nm chips  —  Every decade is the decade that tests the limits of Moore's Law, and this decade is no different.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Google says it will start verifying users with 2FA enabled using a prompt on their phones, and will soon start automatically enabling 2FA for all users  —  The company is making some changes to encourage more people to adopt a key digital security mechanism.  —  Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it is rolling out improved prompts that discourage “harmful” language, first to iOS and then Android, after studies showed prompts were effective  —  A year ago, Twitter began testing a feature that would prompt users to pause and reconsider before they replied to a tweet using …
Brad Stone / Bloomberg:
Jeff Bezos beat the National Enquirer by bypassing media and appealing directly to regular people, retaliating with the brutal efficiency used to build Amazon  —  When a gossip rag went after the CEO, he retaliated with the brutal, brilliant efficiency he used to build his business empire.
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.
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Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Uber Q1: $2.9B revenue, below estimates, as net loss shrinks to $108M from $968M QoQ due to self-driving unit sale; delivery gross revenue up 166% YoY to $12.5B  —  - Uber reported first quarter results after-the-bell on Wednesday.  — Overall, Uber's net loss was $108 million …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Interview with Shopify President Harley Finkelstein on creating a centralized retail OS, why DTC isn't a fad, partnering with Instagram Checkout, and more  —  Today I'm talking to Harley Finkelstein, president of Shopify.  Shopify is one of those companies that makes the modern internet go …
Maria Deutscher / SiliconANGLE:
Einride, which builds autonomous freight vehicles that have no driver cabin, raises $110M Series B  —  Startup Einride AB today announced that it has raised $110 million in funding to support the rollout of its autonomous freight vehicles, which have no driver cabin and promise …
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Cayce Clifford / American Banker:
SF-based fintech Chime has agreed to stop using the word “bank”, according to a settlement agreement with California regulators  —  The fintech Chime is nearing a deadline to stop implying that it operates as a bank, according to a settlement agreement with California regulators.
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