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Bloomberg: Interview with Jeff Wilke, who runs Amazon's worldwide consumer division and has been Bezos' right-hand man for 18 years, on its usage of USPS and more  —  Retail chief Jeff Wilke talks about the company's AI ambitions and downplays Trump concerns.  —  Donald Trump has hammered Amazon.com …

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Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge: Lyft announces “multimillion-dollar” initiative to invest in environmental projects as it hopes to offset 1M+ metric tons of carbon in the first year  —  The plan is to offset over a million metric tons of carbon  —  Lyft announced a multimillion-dollar investment to become …

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Jeffrey Van Camp / Wired: Motorola Adds Some Class (and Glass) to Its Budget Phones  —  YOU AIN'T HIP unless you've got an extra long screen, dual cameras, and a glass back.  Those are three of this year's many smartphone trends, and Motorola has 'em all.  The smartphone maker has taken the lid off its latest Moto G …

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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch: Oculus begins rolling out GDPR-compliant changes including a user-facing Privacy Center, updated ToS, and new Code of Conduct for users  —  While Facebook is still struggling to regain user trust following a data fiasco that ultimately brought Zuckerberg to testify in front of Congress …

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Abner Li / 9to5Google: Nest says it will donate 1M smart thermostats to low- and moderate-income Americans over the next five years, as part of its new Power Project initiative  —  The smart home is often touted as delivering conveniences like automation and remote control.  One often overlooked aspect of installing …

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Bloomberg: Sources: Qualcomm is cutting ~1,500 jobs, mostly in California, in an effort to cut costs by $1B; the company employs 34K people globally  —  Company to reduce California workforce by about 1,500  —  Management acting in response to shareholder pressure  —  Qualcomm Inc. has begun cutting …

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: cryptocurrency firms and VCs, including a16z and Union Square Ventures, are lobbying SEC to seek exemption from federal oversight of cryptocurrencies  —  Andreessen Horowitz and other venture-capital backers of digital-currency firms lobby regulators

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Cameron Johnson / Netflix Media Center: Netflix launches 30-second preview videos on iOS shown in vertical format, to be displayed like a slideshow, and coming soon to Android  —  One of the best ways to know if you'll like a new series or movie is to watch a quick trailer.  Today, we are excited to introduce mobile previews …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Amazon introduces Alexa Blueprints that let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses without coding  —  Amazon this morning is introducing “Alexa Blueprints,” a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses, without needing to know how to code.

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Bloomberg: Profile of data mining company Palantir, cofounded by Peter Thiel, which works with government agencies and law enforcement to help track US citizens  —  Peter Thiel's data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens.  The scary thing?  Palantir is desperate for new customers.

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Android does a better job of corralling notifications than iOS by prioritizing, grouping, and letting users jump directly to that app's notification settings  —  Because they aren't going away  —  Everybody hates smartphone notifications.  They're interruptive, distracting, annoying, and increasingly less valuable.

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Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal: The world's tech giants are betting big on India as more people go online and e-commerce grows, but low incomes and patchy connectivity remain major challenges  —  The world's largest internet companies are betting big on the nation of 1.3 billion, where challenges are as big as the opportunities

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Arielle Pardes / Wired: Profile of “Terms of Service; Didn't Read”, launched in 2012, which crowdsources summaries of ToS and then rates them  —  MOST PEOPLE SPEND very little time thinking about the terms of service that govern life online.  The agreement appears in a flash, we affirm that …

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Bloomberg: Facebook is building a team to design its own AI chips, according to job listings and sources, joining a trend among tech giants to lower reliance on chipmakers  —  Social network could use semiconductors for consumer devices  —  Move follows Apple's chip efforts, early work by Google

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Dell Cameron / Gizmodo: TaskRabbit's app and website are back online after security breach, CEO says certain personally identifiable information may have been compromised  —  TaskRabbit, the handyman-for-hire app, is back online after being intentionally taken down on Monday following an apparent data breach.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: London-based BenevolentAI, which is developing AI tech for drug discovery and more, announces $115M funding round at a $2.1B post-money valuation  —  In the ongoing race to build the best and smartest applications that tap into the advances of artificial intelligence, a startup out of London …

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Richard Gao / Android Police: Google Pay, formerly Android Pay, passes 100M installs on the Google Play Store  —  Nowadays, several phone manufacturers have their own payment services.  There's Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, the upcoming LG Pay, and of course, Google Pay.  After experiencing two rebrands and retaining …

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David Ingram / Reuters: Facebook says it will change ToS in May for 1.5B users outside EU, US, Canada to be governed by US instead of Ireland ToS, limiting GDPR impact to 400M users  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data went into effect tomorrow …

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Aaron Tilley / The Information: Sources: Intel to shut down its New Devices Group, which was formed in 2013 and made fitness trackers and smart glasses  —  Intel's long-failing foray into wearables and augmented reality is officially dead.  —  The chip giant's new devices group will shut down, according to people familiar with the situation.

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PR Newswire: RapidSOS, whose platform links IoT devices to first responders, raises $16M in round with participation from Microsoft Ventures, total raised now $30M+  —  Highland Capital, Microsoft Ventures, and CSAA lead funding to link data from connected devices to first responders

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Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch: Eightfold.ai, an AI-based talent acquisition and management platform, raises $24M Series B led by Lightspeed and Foundation Capital  —  Two former product wizards from Facebook and Google are combining Silicon Valley's buzziest buzz words — search, artificial intelligence, and big data …

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David Floyd / CoinDesk: SF-based crypto exchange Kraken won't respond to NY AG's inquiry because it already got “the hell out of New York” after 2015 BitLicense regulations, says CEO  —  San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken isn't planning to respond to the New York Attorney General's newly-unveiled inquiry into the ecosystem.

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Kate Conger / Gizmodo: Google pulls five Chrome Web Store extensions with 20M+ users combined that cloned ad-blocker code and added scripts to manipulate browsers and track browsing  —  A researcher with AdGuard discovered five fake ad-blocking extensions in the Chrome Web Store that used hidden scripts to manipulate users' browsers.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google's Area 120 incubator launches Grasshopper, a learn-to-code mobile app for beginners, with an initial curriculum teaching JavaScript  —  Google's internal incubator, Area 120, is today releasing its next creation: a learn-to-code mobile app for beginners called Grasshopper.

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Eugene Kim / CNBC: Jeff Bezos says Prime has 100M+ members worldwide in his annual shareholder letter, the first time Prime membership numbers have been shared by Amazon  —  - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has released his latest annual shareholder letter.  — Bezos has published a shareholder letter every year since 1997.

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