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In an SEC filing, Berkshire Hathaway reveals it owned 483,300 Amazon shares at the end of the quarter ended March 31, currently worth $904M (Thomas Franck/CNBC) 2019-05-15 22:45:01

Thomas Franck / CNBC:
In an SEC filing, Berkshire Hathaway reveals it owned 483,300 Amazon shares at the end of the quarter ended March 31, currently worth $904M  —  Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway on Wednesday revealed in a government filing the size of its stake in e-commerce giant Amazon.

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SanDisk introduces the first 1TB microSD card, for $450 (Jon Fingas/Engadget) 2019-05-15 22:25:06

Jon Fingas / Engadget:
SanDisk introduces the first 1TB microSD card, for $450  —  Have you been salivating at the thought of stuffing a 1TB microSD card into your phone?  You can finally act on that impulse.  SanDisk has made the record-setting Extreme card available both through its own store and (when it's in stock) …

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Google details Translatotron, its project to directly translate speech from one language into speech in another without intermediate text (Google AI Blog) 2019-05-15 21:57:07

Google AI Blog:
Google details Translatotron, its project to directly translate speech from one language into speech in another without intermediate text  —  Speech-to-speech translation systems have been developed over the past several decades with the goal of helping people who speak different languages to communicate with each other.

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Because of US law, Google keeps advertisers from naming sanctioned countries as targets or exclusions in campaigns, leading to ads being served in those places (Issie Lapowsky/Wired) 2019-05-15 21:25:01

Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Because of US law, Google keeps advertisers from naming sanctioned countries as targets or exclusions in campaigns, leading to ads being served in those places  —  AS DIRECTOR OF paid search at Greenlane Marketing, a web marketing firm based in Eagleville, Pennsylvania …

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Sources: two US data recovery firms touting hi-tech solutions for unlocking data after ransomware attacks instead just paid the ransom and charged victims extra (ProPublica) 2019-05-15 20:30:06

ProPublica:
Sources: two US data recovery firms touting hi-tech solutions for unlocking data after ransomware attacks instead just paid the ransom and charged victims extra  —  Firms That Promised High-Tech Ransomware Solutions Almost Always Just Pay the Hackers  —  As ransomware attacks crippled businesses …

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Canadian court orders three VCs including Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya to pay $15.69M over conspiracy to exchange Xtreme Labs shares at a discount (Meagan Simpson/BetaKit) 2019-05-15 20:15:07

Meagan Simpson / BetaKit:
Canadian court orders three VCs including Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya to pay $15.69M over conspiracy to exchange Xtreme Labs shares at a discount  —  Former Extreme Venture Partners (EVP) founding partners Sundeep Madra and Amar Varma, as well as Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya …

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Chainalysis research estimates that about 376 users, known as "whales", control a third of all Ether, compared to 448 people who own 20% of all Bitcoin (Matthew Leising/Bloomberg) 2019-05-15 19:45:01

Matthew Leising / Bloomberg:
Chainalysis research estimates that about 376 users, known as “whales”, control a third of all Ether, compared to 448 people who own 20% of all Bitcoin  —  - New study says so-called whales don't move Ether prices much  — Bitcoin price found to be good indicator of where Ether trades

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Google says a bug in its Titan Security Keys' Bluetooth pairing protocols is exploitable by hackers in close physical proximity, provides free replacement keys (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch) 2019-05-15 19:22:54

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google says a bug in its Titan Security Keys' Bluetooth pairing protocols is exploitable by hackers in close physical proximity, provides free replacement keys  —  Google today disclosed a security bug in its Bluetooth Titan Security Key that could allow an attacker in close physical proximity …

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Brian Armstrong says Coinbase Custody, which launched about a year ago, has $1B in assets under management, with 70 institutions using the service (Sam Ouimet/CoinDesk) 2019-05-15 18:55:15

Sam Ouimet / CoinDesk:
Brian Armstrong says Coinbase Custody, which launched about a year ago, has $1B in assets under management, with 70 institutions using the service  —  Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong announced the exchange's custody product, Coinbase Custody, already has $1 billion in assets under management (AUM) in just 12 months after launch.

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UK Supreme Court finds in favor of civil rights organizations and rules that GCHQ's powers to hack into internet services should be subject to judicial review (Owen Bowcott/The Guardian) 2019-05-15 18:50:02

Owen Bowcott / The Guardian:
UK Supreme Court finds in favor of civil rights organizations and rules that GCHQ's powers to hack into internet services should be subject to judicial review  —  Supreme court says GCHQ's hacking powers should be subject to judicial review  —  Government security decisions will in future …

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Microsoft releases its SPTAG algorithm, used to answer questions on Bing, as MIT-licensed open source on Github (Peter Bright/Ars Technica) 2019-05-15 18:40:05

Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft releases its SPTAG algorithm, used to answer questions on Bing, as MIT-licensed open source on Github  —  Search engines today are more than just the dumb keyword matchers they used to be.  You can ask a question—say, “How tall is the tower in Paris?”—and they'll tell …

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Solera Health, which integrates with employers' health plans and matches doctors and patients with wellness programs, raises $42M Series C (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat) 2019-05-15 18:35:05

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Solera Health, which integrates with employers' health plans and matches doctors and patients with wellness programs, raises $42M Series C  —  Solera Health, a Phoenix, Arizona-based company that connects customers with evidence-based, non-medical wellness programs, today announced …

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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Google, and Amazon sign on to the Christchurch Call to Action, commit to a 9-point plan to stop spread of terrorist content online (Facebook) 2019-05-15 18:30:02

Facebook:
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Google, and Amazon sign on to the Christchurch Call to Action, commit to a 9-point plan to stop spread of terrorist content online  —  Today, Facebook's Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications Nick Clegg joined G7 government and industry leaders …

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Report details Apple's "long and painful divorce" with Intel, says Apple's custom 5G modems may not arrive until 2025 (Michael Potuck/9to5Mac) 2019-05-15 18:12:09

Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Report details Apple's “long and painful divorce” with Intel, says Apple's custom 5G modems may not arrive until 2025  —  The Information is out today with a detailed report on the falling out between Intel and Apple over the last few years that led to settling with Qualcomm …

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Big data startup Tealium raises $55M Series F, bringing the total raised to $160M, says it is close to profitability and expects revenues of $100M this year (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch) 2019-05-15 18:05:01

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Big data startup Tealium raises $55M Series F, bringing the total raised to $160M, says it is close to profitability and expects revenues of $100M this year  —  The average enterprise today uses about 90 different software packages, with between 30-40 of them touching customers directly or indirectly.

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WH will not sign "Christchurch call to action", a commitment by governments and social media companies to fight online extremism, citing free speech concerns (Washington Post) 2019-05-15 17:45:01

Washington Post:
WH will not sign “Christchurch call to action”, a commitment by governments and social media companies to fight online extremism, citing free speech concerns  —  The White House will not sign an international call to combat online extremism brokered between French and New Zealand officials …

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Behind Twitter's plan to fix the problems like disinformation, harassment, and outrage through its new prototype app twttr (Nicole Nguyen/BuzzFeed News) 2019-05-15 17:35:01

Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News:
Behind Twitter's plan to fix the problems like disinformation, harassment, and outrage through its new prototype app twttr  —  In March, Twitter cofounder Biz Stone tweeted a screenshot of an iPhone homescreen along with a message: “Notice our new prototype? ...

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Several security researchers say iOS security controls have made it really hard to analyze whether an iPhone has been compromised without jailbreaking it first (Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai/VICE) 2019-05-15 17:00:30

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Several security researchers say iOS security controls have made it really hard to analyze whether an iPhone has been compromised without jailbreaking it first  —  A recent vulnerability in WhatsApp shows that there's little defenders can do to detect and analyze iPhone hacks.

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Ajit Pai proposes a new rule that would allow carriers to block robocalls by default and lets customers block calls from numbers not on their contacts list (Makena Kelly/The Verge) 2019-05-15 16:35:02

Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Ajit Pai proposes a new rule that would allow carriers to block robocalls by default and lets customers block calls from numbers not on their contacts list  —  ‘The American people are fed up with illegal robocalls’  —  On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced a new measure …

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Cryptocurrency exchange Binance says it is back online and has resumed trading activity, after being hacked for $40M+ in bitcoin (Romain Dillet/TechCrunch) 2019-05-15 16:10:01

Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance says it is back online and has resumed trading activity, after being hacked for $40M+ in bitcoin  —  Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has resumed trading activity.  Users can now cancel open orders, deposit crypto assets into their Binance account, and of course buy and sell cryptocurrencies.

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Q&A with AI pioneer and Turing Award winner Geoffrey Hinton on the evolution of neural networks, consciousness, teaching computers to dream, future plans, more (Nicholas Thompson/Wired) 2019-05-15 15:50:03

Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Q&A with AI pioneer and Turing Award winner Geoffrey Hinton on the evolution of neural networks, consciousness, teaching computers to dream, future plans, more  —  Geoffrey Hinton is one of the creators of Deep Learning, a 2019 winner of the Turing Award, and an engineering fellow at Google.

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American Express is acquiring restaurant reservation platform Resy, which says it is used by 4,000 restaurants in 154 US cities and 10 countries (Cale Guthrie Weissman/Fast Company) 2019-05-15 15:15:01

Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:
American Express is acquiring restaurant reservation platform Resy, which says it is used by 4,000 restaurants in 154 US cities and 10 countries  —  Though Anthony Bourdain championed the idea that reservations aren't necessary, at most popular restaurants, you still need them.

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Rivet, a free app from Google's workshop for experimental projects, helps kids learn to read with speech processing, AI, and a library of 2,000+ free books (Ben Turtel/The Keyword) 2019-05-15 14:45:06

Ben Turtel / The Keyword:
Rivet, a free app from Google's workshop for experimental projects, helps kids learn to read with speech processing, AI, and a library of 2,000+ free books  —  Reading is one of the most important skills students will learn in their lives.  After the third grade, students who have mastered reading use …

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Alibaba beats estimates with Q4 profit of $3.84B on revenue of $13.9B, up 51% YoY, says annual active consumers reached 654M, mobile MAUs 721M (Yahoo Finance) 2019-05-15 14:05:04

Yahoo Finance:
Alibaba beats estimates with Q4 profit of $3.84B on revenue of $13.9B, up 51% YoY, says annual active consumers reached 654M, mobile MAUs 721M  —  BABA) today announced its financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2019.  —  “More and more, Alibaba is becoming synonymous …

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Canadian digital alternative banking startup Koho raises $42M Series B led by Portag3 Ventures, sources say at $100M+ valuation, bringing total raised to $52.6M (Douglas Soltys/BetaKit) 2019-05-15 13:50:04

Douglas Soltys / BetaKit:
Canadian digital alternative banking startup Koho raises $42M Series B led by Portag3 Ventures, sources say at $100M+ valuation, bringing total raised to $52.6M  —  Toronto-based FinTech startup Koho announced the close of a $42 million Series B round today, led by Portag3 Ventures …

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Tencent beats estimates with Q1 profit of $3.95B, up 17% YoY, on revenue of $12.42B, up 16% YoY; WeChat had 1.11B MAUs, up 6.9% YoY (Lulu Yilun Chen/Bloomberg) 2019-05-15 13:30:14

Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:
Tencent beats estimates with Q1 profit of $3.95B, up 17% YoY, on revenue of $12.42B, up 16% YoY; WeChat had 1.11B MAUs, up 6.9% YoY  —  Tencent Holdings Ltd.'s quarterly earnings beat estimates, boosted by gains on investments, giving shareholders much-needed assurance the Chinese gaming behemoth is bound for a revival.

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An examination of the opaque data collection practices in mobile games, which have largely escaped the level of scrutiny applied to social media companies (Kaitlyn Tiffany/Vox) 2019-05-15 12:40:02

Kaitlyn Tiffany / Vox:
An examination of the opaque data collection practices in mobile games, which have largely escaped the level of scrutiny applied to social media companies  —  Seemingly simple mobile games made us all way too comfortable with giving away our personal information.  —  Angry Birds is so 2009, you might say.

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Some theories around why Bitcoin has surged above $8,000, from increased adoption and technological advances to good old-fashioned price manipulation (Jonathan Shieber/TechCrunch) 2019-05-15 11:35:01

Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Some theories around why Bitcoin has surged above $8,000, from increased adoption and technological advances to good old-fashioned price manipulation  —  Bitcoin is now trading at around $8,130, up a whopping 60.84 percent over the past month, with the price surging $3,086.14 over the period.

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Indian online grocery delivery service Grofers raises $200M+ led by SoftBank Vision Fund at a valuation of almost $1B (Saritha Rai/Bloomberg) 2019-05-15 10:30:04

Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
Indian online grocery delivery service Grofers raises $200M+ led by SoftBank Vision Fund at a valuation of almost $1B  —  Masayoshi Son isn't losing his appetite for backing money-losing startups.  —  Son's SoftBank Vision Fund is leading an investment round of more than $200 million in Grofers …

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More Democrats are considering a breakup of Facebook, with Joe Biden, Kamala Harris the latest to say they're thinking it over, joining Elizabeth Warren, others (Casey Newton/The Verge) 2019-05-15 08:51:08

Casey Newton / The Verge:
More Democrats are considering a breakup of Facebook, with Joe Biden, Kamala Harris the latest to say they're thinking it over, joining Elizabeth Warren, others  —  Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the latest to say they are thinking about it  —  I.  —  On Thursday, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes …

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Facebook will now ban anyone who violates its "most serious polices" from using Facebook Live for a set period of time, starting with their first offense (Heather Kelly/CNN) 2019-05-15 07:36:35

Heather Kelly / CNN:
Facebook will now ban anyone who violates its “most serious polices” from using Facebook Live for a set period of time, starting with their first offense  —  San Francisco (CNN Business)Two months after the mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand was live-streamed by the accused gunman …

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Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry (Paul Ford/Wired) 2019-05-15 06:25:02

Paul Ford / Wired:
Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry  —  We have graduated, along with oil, real estate, insurance, and finance, to the big T. Trillions of dollars.  Trillions!  Get to that number any way you like: Sum up the market cap of the major tech companies, or just take Apple's valuation on a good day.

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Explaining the Hulu/Disney/Comcast breakup: as media companies get bigger to compete with tech, many shows will scatter from Netflix and Hulu to rival services (Peter Kafka/Vox) 2019-05-15 05:20:15

Peter Kafka / Vox:
Explaining the Hulu/Disney/Comcast breakup: as media companies get bigger to compete with tech, many shows will scatter from Netflix and Hulu to rival services  —  All the big media companies want their own streaming service.  Big question: Do you want to subscribe to lots of streaming services?

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A 14-year-old girl with 800,000 YouTube followers is sharing far-right content, highlighting how the platform can push kids to extremism as they build audiences (Joseph Bernstein/BuzzFeed News) 2019-05-15 04:05:02

Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
A 14-year-old girl with 800,000 YouTube followers is sharing far-right content, highlighting how the platform can push kids to extremism as they build audiences  —  “Soph” has nearly a million followers on the giant video platform.  The site's executives only have themselves to blame.

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Federal district court in SF rules in favor of EFF's FOIA lawsuit seeking records of how and when the FBI lifts gag orders issued with National Security Letters (Electronic Frontier Foundation) 2019-05-15 03:00:29

Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Federal district court in SF rules in favor of EFF's FOIA lawsuit seeking records of how and when the FBI lifts gag orders issued with National Security Letters  —  A federal district court in San Francisco has ruled strongly in favor of our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking records …

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Uber is rolling out new options for Uber Black, its luxury car service, including a "quiet preferred" mode, help with luggage, and preferred temperature (Josh Constine/TechCrunch) 2019-05-15 02:35:05

Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Uber is rolling out new options for Uber Black, its luxury car service, including a “quiet preferred” mode, help with luggage, and preferred temperature  —  Tired of chatty drivers?  Uber is finally giving users its most requested feature: an in-app way to request minimal conversation during your ride.

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Amazon breaks ground on its $1.5B Prime Air hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport with enough room for 100 planes, scheduled to open in 2021 (Kurt Schlosser/GeekWire) 2019-05-15 02:00:28

Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:
Amazon breaks ground on its $1.5B Prime Air hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport with enough room for 100 planes, scheduled to open in 2021  —  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hopped into a front-end loader to “move some earth” as the tech giant broke ground Tuesday …

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