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February 20, 2019

5:30 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Twitter opens applications for its new beta program, which will have a standalone app, with its first tests to focus on fixing conversations
5:10 PM  •
BuzzFeed News:  Investigation finds that YouTube is promoting anti-vaccine misinformation in search results and recommendations
4:55 PM  •
Chris Welch / The Verge:  Samsung says the Bixby button on the Galaxy S10 can be remapped to open a third-party app with either a single or double press of the button
4:45 PM  •
Reuters:  Sources: Lyft expects to be valued at between $20B and $25B in its IPO and plans to launch its IPO roadshow during the week of March 18
4:35 PM  •
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:  Samsung says the Galaxy S10 will include Samsung Knox alongside secure hardware-based storage for housing private blockchain keys
4:10 PM  •
Stefan Etienne / The Verge:  Samsung says the Galaxy S10 Plus with 1TB of storage will cost $1,600, or about $53/month for 30 months
4:00 PM  •
Shara Tibken / CNET:  Samsung's head of mobile DJ Koh says its Galaxy Home smart speaker, originally unveiled in August 2018, will launch by April
3:55 PM  •
Shannon Liao / The Verge:  Samsung doubles Bixby's supported languages, adding British English, German, Italian, and Spanish, coming to the S10, S9, S8, Note 9, and Note 8
3:20 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Disney joins Nestle, Epic Games, and others in pulling ad spending from YouTube following details about a “pedophile ring” in YouTube comments
3:13 PM  •
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Washington Post:  Samsung's S10 will wirelessly charge other devices placed on its back and uses the new Infinity-O screen to house the front facing camera in a hole cutout
3:10 PM  •
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:  Samsung debuts a basic Galaxy Fit band and Galaxy Watch Active, a simpler $200 version of its watch, shipping March 8 with blood pressure tracking coming later
3:04 PM  •
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:  Samsung unveils Galaxy S10 5G, arriving late in first half of 2019, initially just on Verizon in US, with 6.7" Infinity-O display, better 3D depth sensing, more
3:02 PM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Samsung partners with Instagram to let users post to Stories directly from the camera app
2:51 PM  •
Vlad Savov / The Verge:  Samsung announces $129.99 Galaxy Buds, which cost less than AirPods, and feature wireless charging and a small and curvy, pebble-like design
2:51 PM  •
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:  Hands-on with the Galaxy S10 and S10+: in-screen fingerprint readers works well and the materials feel classy, but it doesn't feel like a huge update
2:42 PM  •
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:  Samsung says it has sold 2B+ Galaxy devices over the past decade
2:39 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Samsung announces Galaxy S10E with 5.8-inch display, two rear cameras, Snapdragon 855, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and 3,100mAh, starting at $749.99
2:33 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Samsung debuts the Galaxy S10 and S10+ with 6.1" and 6.4" displays, triple rear camera, in-screen fingerprint sensors, and bigger batteries, from $899 and $999
2:22 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Samsung's Galaxy Fold will come in both LTE and 5G versions with One UI Android skin and four colors available, starting at $1,980 on April 26
2:07 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Samsung debuts Galaxy Fold, a foldable smartphone with 4.6" folded and 7.3" unfolded displays, 7nm processor, 12GB RAM, three-app multitasking, 6 cameras, more
2:05 PM  •
Tom Warren / The Verge:  Microsoft launches its new Office app, preinstalled on Windows 10 and replacing My Office, to better promote the free online versions of Office to consumers
1:58 PM  •
YouTube:  Live stream of Samsung's Unpacked event
1:58 PM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Live blog of Samsung's Unpacked event in San Francisco, where new Galaxy S10 devices, a foldable phone, and more have been announced
1:30 PM  •
Rhett Jones / Gizmodo:  Pinterest says it's stopped returning vaccine-related search results as most spread anti-vax disinformation, part of its broader approach against “false cures”
1:20 PM  •
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:  WinRAR, a file compression app with ~500M users, has fixed a 14-year-old flaw that made it possible for attackers to run code when targets open a malicious file
12:57 PM  •
Dan Primack / Axios:  Keith Rabois is leaving Khosla Ventures and joining Peter Thiel's Founders Fund to become its ninth partner
12:45 PM  •
Harvard Law Today:  Mark Zuckerberg talks to Harvard professor Jonathan Zittrain about encryption, “information fiduciaries”, and more, as part of Zuckerberg's 2019 challenge
12:15 PM  •
Natasha Korecki / Politico:  Analysis of data from social platforms: Democratic 2020 candidates are being targeted by a coordinated campaign of misinformation focused on sensitive issues
11:50 AM  •
Facebook:  Facebook introduces new location controls for Android, letting users limit location data collection, and will prompt iOS and Android users to check settings
11:35 AM  •
K.G Orphanides / WIRED UK:  Investigation: YouTube is monetizing sexualized videos of minors, many with comments from predators; Epic Games pauses all pre-roll ads following inquiry
11:20 AM  •
Chloe Bryan / Mashable:  A look at “Reply Guys”, a mostly harmless but annoying Twitter phenomenon where one or two men reply to every tweet from a woman
11:00 AM  •
Nicole Kobie / WIRED UK:  Citymapper announces a £30-£40/month subscription service for London transport with access to its Ride car-sharing service, TfL trains, and Santander bikes
10:50 AM  •
Dani Deahl / The Verge:  SoundCloud adds a self-distribution feature to its Premier tier, currently in beta, that lets artists publish and monetize their songs on other platforms
10:35 AM  •
eMarketer:  eMarketer predicts that US digital ad spending will surpass traditional in 2019, growing 19% YoY to $129.34B, of which mobile will account for ~$87B
10:10 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  ThousandEyes, which provides a network intelligence platform to monitor performance, raises $50M Series D led by GV
9:55 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Arm unveils two new products for cloud and edge applications, the Neoverse N1, which focuses on compute speed, and the Neoverse E1, focusing on throughput
9:40 AM  •
Wolfie Zhao / CoinDesk:  Binance launches Binance DEX, a decentralized trading platform built on its own blockchain network, for public testing
9:05 AM  •
Wall Street Journal:  The DoD will investigate some of the complaints raised by Oracle in a lawsuit over the JEDI cloud computing contract, which is expected to be won by Amazon
8:30 AM  •
Andrii Degeler / Tech.eu:  Dutch startup Aidence, which works on early recognition of lung cancer using AI in medical imaging, raises €10M Series A led by INKEF Capital and Rabo Ventures
8:05 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  German insurance giant Allianz increases the size of its VC fund, Allianz X, from €430M when it launched in 2016, to €1B, making it one of the largest in Europe
7:40 AM  •
Mariella Moon / Engadget:  Xiaomi debuts Mi 9 with three rear cameras, 6.39" AMOLED display, Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, and 20W wireless charging, for ~$446 in China, shipping on Feb. 26
7:15 AM  •
Brian Fung / Washington Post:  Cisco Visual Networking Index: by 2022, 5G will power as much as 9% of mobile data connections in North America, versus 6.5% in Western Europe and 4% in Asia
6:45 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Fabless semiconductor company Peraso, which is developing wireless networking chips based on WiGig, has raised $42M Series D, bringing total raised to $79.3M
6:15 AM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Sources: Apple plans to let developers port their iPad apps to Mac using a new SDK that will be released as early as June at WWDC
6:00 AM  •
James Vlahos / Wired:  The rise of voice computing is transforming web search by shifting the objective from providing links to providing a single correct response to any query
4:00 AM  •
Karen Weise / New York Times:  Microsoft says Russia-linked Fancy Bear targeted European research groups and think tanks that work on issues including election security and nuclear policy
2:20 AM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  Sphero is crowdfunding RVR, a new robot that can connect to accessories like Raspberry Pi through its universal expansion port, starting at $199 on Kickstarter
12:55 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  GN Group, which makes connected hearing aids that work with iOS and Android, is acquiring videoconferencing device and software provider Altia Systems for $125M

February 19, 2019

11:50 PM  •
Nick Bastone / Business Insider:  Google says the built-in microphone in Nest Secure devices, which it had never disclosed earlier in the tech specs, was “never intended to be a secret”
11:10 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  IFTTT's Linden Tibbets resigns as CEO, will stay as chief design officer; Chris Kibarian, ex-CEO of Monster.com owner Randstad Digital Ventures, named IFTTT CEO
10:45 PM  •
Mariella Moon / Engadget:  Huawei sends invitations for its next flagship P30 series launch event in Paris on March 26
10:20 PM  •
Chris Morris / Fortune:  Industry sources: Google will reveal details about its Project Stream game streaming service during its keynote at the Game Developers Conference on March 19
9:55 PM  •
Reuters:  Report: Amazon's China unit in merger talks with NetEase's Kaola, one of the biggest Chinese shopping sites for imported goods
9:00 PM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Alan, which makes a SaaS platform for the private health insurance market in France, raises $45M Series B after raising a $28M Series A in April 2018
8:05 PM  •
Makena Kelly / The Verge:  Regulators globally increasingly view “loot boxes”, which provide random in-game items for real money, as a form of gambling, and are considering regulations
6:40 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Researchers: India's state gas company allowed a sensitive part of its website to be indexed by Google, exposing 5M+ customer records, including Aadhaar numbers
5:40 PM  •
Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek:  CrowdStrike: Russian state-sponsored hackers take less than 20 minutes to start moving laterally in a targeted organization's network after an initial breach
4:45 PM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  London-based Entrepreneur First, a “talent investor” backing people pre-team and pre-idea so they can found startups, raises $115M fund to keep scaling globally
3:35 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  GitHub expands its bug bounty program by upping reward amounts, removing a maximum reward limit, adding Legal Safe Harbor terms; GitHub paid out $250K+ in 2018
3:18 PM  •
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:  Uber and GM's Cruise open source their self-driving car visualization software, a rare move in the hyper-competitive autonomous world
2:20 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Strategy Analytics: in Q4 2018, shipments of smart speakers grew 95% from 22.6M units in Q3 to 38.5M units, with Amazon shipping 13.7M units and Google 11.5M
1:50 PM  •
Kevin Roose / New York Times:  For YouTube, curbing misinformation on its platform may mean punishing some of its stars, a step it's not shown it can broadly take, despite recent policy shift
1:40 PM  •
Colin Lecher / The Verge:  House Committee on Energy and Commerce asks in open letter whether Facebook users were misled about what personal data could be leaked by joining closed groups
1:00 PM  •
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:  Hands-on with Varjo VR-1 headset, out now for $6K with $995/year service fee, which uses 3,000 pixel/inch resolution and dual screens to fix “screen door” issue
12:11 PM  •
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:  YouTube updates community guidelines with a new system for rule-breaking channels, which now get a consequence-free, one-time warning for their first violation
11:55 AM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  Google announces plans to acquire cloud migration startup Alooma, which has raised around $15M to date
11:30 AM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Loom, which equips enterprises with instant video messaging tools, raises $11M Series A led by Kleiner Perkins, says it's signed up 1.1M users from 18,000 firms
11:20 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  Samsung's One UI is thoughtfully designed and the best software Samsung's ever put on a smartphone, but getting major software updates quickly is still doubtful
10:30 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Walmart reports US e-commerce sales rose 43% YoY in Q4, thanks to its growing online grocery business, including the expansion of grocery pickups and deliveries
9:50 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  SendBird, which helps developers integrate chat and messaging features in their apps, raises $52M Series B led by Iconiq Capital
9:35 AM  •
Shoshanna Solomon / The Times of Israel:  Palo Alto Networks is buying Demisto, an Israeli firm that provides an automated incident response platform, for ~$560M; Demisto had raised $69M to date
9:20 AM  •
Twitter:  Twitter expands its policy for political ad transparency to the EU, India, and Australia, will show billing information, ad spend, impressions per tweet, more
9:05 AM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Redis Labs, which offers commercial services around the Redis in-memory data store, raises $60M Series E led by private equity firm Francisco Partners
8:50 AM  •
Wolfie Zhao / CoinDesk:  Sources: Bitmain posts a net loss of ~$500M in the third quarter of 2018; the company had disclosed profits of $1B in the first half of 2018
8:25 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  NsKnox, which provides real-time payment fraud detection services, raises $15M Series A co-led by Viola Ventures and Microsoft's M12
8:10 AM  •
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:  Coinbase buys Neutrino, which helps monitor, analyze, and track cryptocurrency flows, for an undisclosed sum
7:45 AM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon X55, its second generation 5G modem, with a maximum download speed of 7 Gbps, up 40% from the X50's 5 Gbps
7:15 AM  •
Ole Begemann:  Q&A with Chris Lattner, developer of Swift, on its origins and evolution, the original team, Craig Federighi, and community feedback
6:20 AM  •
BBC:  Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says there is “no way the US can crush us” and that “our company will never undertake any spying activities”
6:05 AM  •
Rebecca Keegan / Hollywood Reporter:  Q&A with Amazon Studios Chief Jennifer Salke on her content acquisition strategy, potentially broadcasting a ceremony such as the Oscars one day, and more
4:10 AM  •
Dami Lee / The Verge:  As emoji become a critical part of communication, unprepared courts are increasingly having to interpret their myriad meanings in criminal cases
2:15 AM  •
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:  A deep dive on the widespread and ongoing DNS hijacking attacks, which the DHS issued an emergency directive about last month
1:20 AM  •
Amy Webb / Wired:  The Pentagon needs Silicon Valley's brightest minds to work on AI but struggles to attract them because of job instability, poor compensation, and more

February 18, 2019

11:55 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  Sources: Saudi Arabia's PIF and UAE's Mubadala, the biggest outside investors in the Vision Fund, have complained about high valuations paid for tech companies
10:50 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google publishes 30-page paper on how it combats disinformation across YouTube, Search, News, Ads: product improvements, experience with spam, context for users
7:50 PM  •
Mary Loritz / EU-Startups:  Berlin-based Mambu raises €30M Series C for its SaaS banking platform used by banking and financial services startups, such as N26 and OakNorth, in 50 countries
6:55 PM  •
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:  Code and imagery found in Instagram's Android app reveal Fundraiser stickers for Instagram Stories; Facebook says they are coming later this year
6:25 PM  •
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:  Behind the scenes at Mithril Capital, Peter Thiel's other fund, primarily run by Ajay Royan, which sources describe as an investment firm in disarray
6:05 PM  •
Már Másson Maack / The Next Web:  Report: 2.7M patient calls to Sweden's healthcare hotline were found exposed on an unprotected server, along with other sensitive personal information
5:05 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Voicebot: the number of Google Assistant Actions in the US reached 4,253 in January 2019, up 2.5X YoY, trailing Amazon, which has touted 56,750 US Alexa skills
4:35 PM  •
Reed Stevenson / Bloomberg:  Profile of Recruit Holdings, once a scandal-plagued Japanese internet pioneer that now has a ~$46B valuation and 350 apps that span many categories
4:00 PM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  Days after Greenpeace dings Amazon's “dirty cloud” in report the company disputes, Amazon debuts initiative to make half of its shipments carbon neutral by 2030
1:55 PM  •
Reuters:  Sources: the Chinese Communist Party propaganda app Xuexi Qiangguo, which became the most popular app in Apple's App Store in China, was developed by Alibaba
12:50 PM  •
Ryan Browne / CNBC:  London-based GoCardless, which processes recurring direct debit payments, raises $75M Series E co-led by GV and PE firm Adams Street Partners
11:50 AM  •
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:  Report details Huawei's efforts to steal Apple's IP, including pressing suppliers for Apple Watch details, copying a MacBook Pro component, debriefing new hires
11:10 AM  •
Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:  Sources: recent leadership changes at Apple have rattled rank-and-file employees and led several projects to be put on hold as new managers reassess priorities
9:40 AM  •
Sydney Morning Herald:  Australia's PM says the country's parliament and three largest political parties have been hacked by a “sophisticated state actor” ahead of a federal election
8:50 AM  •
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:  Study: in 2017, ~17M US content creators, up 16.6% YoY, earned ~$6.8B, up 17% YoY, on nine leading platforms including Instagram, Twitch, Tumblr, and YouTube
7:55 AM  •
Manish Singh / VentureBeat:  How abrupt, disruptive policy changes due to rising nationalism and pressure from local business are making India increasingly hostile to foreign tech companies
7:20 AM  •
Kevin Kelly / Wired:  How AR could enable the “mirrorworld,” a virtual parallel of the real world where all things and places are machine-readable and have a full-sized digital twin
6:40 AM  •
Ananya Bhattacharya / Quartz:  In the rivalry between Uber and Ola in India, Ola is relying on global expansion and acquisitions while Uber is using innovation to solve local problems
4:15 AM  •
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:  On the uncanny similarities between Xerox's failure to commercialize PC GUI and Google's Waymo, as new self-driving startups with minimum viable products emerge
1:10 AM  •
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:  Alibaba acquires 8% stake in Nasdaq-listed Chinese anime streaming site Bilibili; Tencent paid $320M for its 12.3% stake in Bilibili in October

February 17, 2019

10:30 PM  •
Don Reisinger / Fortune:  Newzoo study: total revenue for the global e-sports market will reach $1.1B in 2019, up 26.7% YoY from $897.2M in 2018; $456.7M will come from sponsorships
9:50 PM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Kuo: MacBook Pro with 16"-to-16.5" screen and new design, 31.6" “6k3k” monitor, upgradeable Mac Pro, iPhones with bilateral charging, new iPad mini out in 2019
8:45 PM  •
Nikkei:  Japan's second-largest mobile carrier KDDI says it is investing about $800M for a 49% stake in online securities company Kabu.com
7:10 PM  •
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:  UK parliament's report on fake news and disinformation says “digital gangster” Facebook deliberately broke laws, calls for antitrust, data abuse investigations
6:00 PM  •
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:  EU negotiators agree on regulations to curb unfair trade practices, requiring more transparency on how internet platforms list and rank products
4:25 PM  •
Clive Cookson / Financial Times:  Research: machine learning techniques today are designed to find patterns and always make a prediction, making a lot of ML-based scientific research unreliable
3:10 PM  •
Samuel Horti / PC Gamer:  Gaming hardware maker Razer says it will close its digital game store on February 28, less than a year after it opened
1:55 PM  •
Gina Loukareas / Boing Boing:  Etsy accidentally charged a number of seller accounts for hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars on Friday, leaving users without money for the long weekend
1:40 PM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: the UK government has concluded that it can mitigate the risk from using Huawei equipment in 5G networks, a setback for the US-led anti-Huawei campaign
12:15 PM  •
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:  Report by a UK parliamentary committee into fake news and disinformation, due Monday, is expected to be very critical of Facebook and its “duplicitous” CEO
10:40 AM  •
Corinne Purtill / Quartz:  A look at how the Enron Corpus, a public database of 600K+ emails that helped bring down Enron, has enabled AI researchers to train natural language models
9:05 AM  •
Katishi Maake / Washington Business Journal:  Virginia-based real estate data and analytics company Remine has closed $30M Series A led by Stripes Group, bringing its total raised to $48M
7:30 AM  •
Zheping Huang / South China Morning Post:  Xuexi Qiangguo, a propaganda app with Snapchat-like messaging features developed by China's Communist Party, becomes top free app on Apple's App Store in China
5:55 AM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  DJI unveils a new 3D geofencing system that will prevent the company's drones from flying too close to major airports in the UK and 32 European countries
4:20 AM  •
Reuters:  Dynamic Map Platform, a Japanese map platform developer for self-driving cars, to buy Detroit-based Ushr, which provides 3D mapping data to GM, for up to $200M
1:55 AM  •
Daniel Oberhaus / Motherboard:  A look at the debate surrounding the economics of popular open source software like OpenSSL, as an ever-increasing workload on maintainers risks causing burnout
1:35 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Elroy Air, a maker of delivery drones that can carry up to 500 lbs, raises $9.2M in seed funding from new and existing investors Catapult, Precursor, and others
1:10 AM  •
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:  Vicarious Surgical, which is building minimally invasive surgical tech that combines VR with miniature robots, has closed $10M round led by Gates Frontiers Fund
12:30 AM  •
James Vincent / The Verge:  Seattle startup Xnor unveils a 100% solar-powered prototype AI camera with 320x320 resolution, an FPGA chip, and an object recognition algorithm loaded on board

February 16, 2019

11:35 PM  •
Bogdan Petrovan / Android Authority:  Leaked images of V50 ThinQ, LG's first 5G phone, which will likely launch on Feb. 24, show a triple camera system and a rear fingerprint sensor, similar to V40
10:25 PM  •
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:  Blippi, a YouTube star popular with kids, says he used DMCA takedown notices for years to remove Harlem Shake Poop, an embarrassing 2013 video he starred in
8:55 PM  •
Duncan Cooper / Pitchfork:  While some artists whose music is used in TikTok videos are compensated through their labels' sales of blanket licenses, others forgo payment for exposure
7:25 PM  •
Wall Street Journal:  An account of the rise and untimely death of Vine and HQ Trivia cofounder Colin Kroll, based on interviews with and documents from friends, police, and others
5:55 PM  •
Dave Lee / BBC:  Interview with GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon on medical fundraisers, some campaigns becoming highly politicized, fighting scams, and more
4:25 PM  •
Laura Hautala / CNET:  Report: 17K Android apps, some with 100M+ installs, collect info that can be used to create a permanent record of user's activity on the device for ad targeting
2:45 PM  •
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:  Records obtained via FOIA requests and interviews with local officials reveal the unusual lengths Google goes to keep its data center construction plans secret
1:00 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  US Government Accountability Office issues a report that calls on Congress to consider developing comprehensive legislation on internet privacy
10:40 AM  •
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:  Facebook engineers on how they developed intelligent video framing for Portal devices by combining computer vision tech with expertise of Hollywood filmmakers
6:55 AM  •
Shoshanna Solomon / The Times of Israel:  Insiders at Israeli hacking tools company NSO Group say they bought back the 70% stake they sold to US PE firm Francisco Partners; source: at a $1B valuation
1:50 AM  •
Patrick Clark / Bloomberg:  Profile of real estate ad giant Zillow, as it joins the new breed of “iBuyers” who flip homes at a massive scale using algorithms for granular price predictions

February 15, 2019

8:45 PM  •
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:  Twitter hides a tweet, reportedly from Iran's head of state, for pointing out that a previous leader's verdict to murder novelist Salman Rushdie is still valid
7:55 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Recode:  Amazon's grave NYC HQ2 mistake: the political landscape changed but the company's playbook didn't
7:30 PM  •
TechCrunch:  Security researcher says Twitter retains direct messages for years, including messages users have deleted, which may be illegal under the EU's new GDPR laws
6:55 PM  •
Josh Horwitz / Reuters:  Source: Didi to lay off ~2,000 people, or 15% of its workforce, from non-essential business units this year, as it focuses on its core ride-hailing services
5:55 PM  •
Thomas Mulier / Bloomberg:  Hellman & Friedman and Blackstone Group agree to pay €46 per share for Scout24, valuing the Germany-based online classifieds company at €4.9B

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