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The Information: Sources: Qualcomm's joint venture with Guizhou province on a server chip plant will be shut down; Qualcomm and the province spent $570M on the plant since 2016  —  A joint venture between Qualcomm and the government of a rural Chinese province to make server chips will wind down by the end of the month …

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: HipChat co-founders raise $3M in seed funding for Swoot, a social podcast app that lets users recommend podcasts and see what their friends are listening to  —  Pete Curley and Garret Heaton, who previously co-founded team chat app HipChat and sold it to Atlassian, are officially launching their new product Swoot today.

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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing: Research paper argues that Facebook increased user surveillance as its competitors exited the market, makes the case for antitrust action against the company  —  In 2017, a 28-year-old law student named Lina Kahn turned the antitrust world on its ear with her Yale Law Review paper …

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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: Autonomous car startup Pony.ai launches PonyPilot, a pilot ride-hailing service for its employees within a 50 square kilometer area in Guangzhou, China  —  Guangzhou, China-based self-driving startup Pony.ai is joining an exclusive club of companies that have launched autonomous ride-hailing programs.

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: SiriusXM launches SiriusXM Essential, an $8/month streaming only plan for mobiles and smart speakers that gives access to 200+ channels  —  SiriusXM wants to cater consumers without cars, or cars without compatible stereos, with a new $8 plan for mobile and in-home listening.

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Zak Doffman / Forbes: Report: CIA has shared information with US allies that shows Huawei has received funding from Chinese state and intelligence agencies, People's Liberation Army  —  Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.  — Share to facebook  — Share to twitter  — Share to linkedin

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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: GM's Cruise execs talk about the autonomous driving unit's history, its progress and plans, internal development tools they use, and more  —  According to marketing firm ABI, as many as 8 million driverless cars will be added to the road in 2025.  Meanwhile, Research and Markets is predicting …

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Rachel Becker / The Verge: Researchers: 33 of 36 apps for depression or smoking cessation shared data with third-parties and 2 apps shared very sensitive info, like health diary entries  —  ‘Do I trust the person who made the app, and do I understand where this data is going?’  —  Free apps marketed to people …

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Jen / Niko: China releases new rules for game approvals and will start taking submissions under the new application process from April 22  —  China's State Administration of Press and Publication (SAPP) held a conference on April 10th to communicate new rules and regulations regarding game publication in China.

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Karsten Schmehl / BuzzFeed News: Research: some WhatsApp group users are spreading Nazi propaganda through stickers and chain letters in Germany, where local laws forbid the use of Nazi imagery  —  BERLIN — German WhatsApp users are spreading far-right propaganda through the use of stickers and chain letters but the company …

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Daniel Susser / Slate: Ethics can provide blueprints for good tech, but it can't implement them; ethics boards should raise awareness and drive self-criticism, not just be moral cover  —  Ethics can provide blueprints for good tech, but it can't implement them.  —  The New York Times has confirmed what some have long suspected …

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Alex Konrad / Forbes: A profile of Zoom and its founder Eric Yuan, who led Webex's engineering group at Cisco before leaving to build the video conferencing company  —  Zoom CEO Eric Yuan cut an unlikely figure as he addressed the cheering throng in the moments before ringing the opening bell at Nasdaq …

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New York Times: As some militant groups find ways to maintain a social media presence despite bans, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter struggle to enforce rules toward the groups  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In July 2013, a broadcaster affiliated with the Islamist group Hezbollah posted a threatening video on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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Hayley Peterson / Business Insider: Amazon says it now requires Amazon Flex delivery drivers to snap selfies on the road to verify their identities  —  - Amazon is requiring delivery drivers to snap selfies to verify their identities.  — The selfies are meant to protect drivers from unauthorized usage of their Amazon Flex accounts, an Amazon spokeswoman said.

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Karl Bode / Motherboard: Report finds that 26 states now either restrict or outright prohibit towns and cities from building their own broadband networks, up from 20 in 2018  —  Many of the laws restricting local voters' rights were directly written by a telecom sector terrified of real broadband competition.

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Alan Ohnsman / Forbes: Profile of autonomous trucking company TuSimple, which is valued at $1.1B and claims it has developed a proprietary vision system that can see a kilometer ahead  —  Southeast of Tucson's airport, tucked into a patch of Sonoran Desert dotted with cholla cactus and paloverde trees …

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Dave Gershgorn / Quartz: A look at a heated discussion about diversity, reminiscent of Google's Damore incident, on an internal Microsoft board for communications with CEO Satya Nadella  —  Some Microsoft employees are openly questioning whether diversity is important, in a lengthy discussion on an internal online …

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Reed Albergotti / Washington Post: In an Apple memo shown in Apple v. Qualcomm, Apple execs described Qualcomm tech as “the best”, raising questions about Apple's belief in its legal arguments  —  Sealed documents, obtained as part of a trial between the two tech giants, offer a rare window into the decision-making process …

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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet: Google says it will block any user login attempts from embedded browser frameworks to better prevent man-in-the-middle attacks starting in June  —  Google previously banned logins initiated from browsers where JavaScript had been disabled.  —  Google announced today a security update …

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BuzzFeed News: Eyal Gutentag, CMO of ZipRecruiter, has resigned after a report detailed an alleged sexual battery incident involving Gutentag when he worked for Uber in 2015  —  Eyal Gutentag, the chief marketing officer of the employment job site ZipRecruiter, has left the company following …

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Holly Beilin / Hypepotamus: Supply chain and logistics cloud software startup STORD raises $12.3M Series A led by Kleiner Perkins, says it has more than five Fortune 500 clients  —  Details have emerged about supply chain software startup STORD's latest funding round, a $12.3 million Series A. The round was led …

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David Yanofsky / Quartz: Scribd took down multiple copies of the Mueller Report, which is in the public domain, claiming that its algorithms identified it as a copyrighted work  —  A convenient feature of nearly all documents created by the US government is that they have no copyright.

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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet: Marcus “MalwareTech” Hutchins pleads guilty to entering a conspiracy to distribute the Kronos malware, aiding and abetting its distribution  —  WannaCry hero faces up to ten years in a US prison.  —  Marcus “MalwareTech” Hutchins, the British security researcher known for stopping …

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Colin Lecher / The Verge: Report: FBI is investigating a ransomware attack that took The Weather Channel off the air for 90 minutes amid severe weather in southeast US  —  Down for more than an hour  —  The Weather Channel was hit by a ransomware attack on Thursday, briefly taking a live TV program off the air, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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Alex Wilhelm / Crunchbase News: CDN provider Fastly files for an IPO, says it had $144M in revenue, up 38% YoY, and a net loss of $31M in 2018; Fastly raised a total of $291M in VC funding  —  Morning Markets: A dorky edition of this column focused on the Fastly S-1 filing.  —  Subscribe to the Crunchbase Daily

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