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Washington Post: Google to begin using credit and debit card transaction data to show online ads prompt consumers to buy in physical stores, details tech to preserve privacy  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google will begin using data from billions of credit and debit card transactions — including card numbers …

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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal: Uber underpaid NYC drivers for past 2.5 years, is refunding them the difference plus interest, which may cost the firm upwards of $45M  —  The ride-hailing company says it is refunding the money after miscalculating its commissions  —  Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday said it mistakenly underpaid …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft unveils collaborative inking Whiteboard app for Windows 10 and adds many enhancements to inking experience in Office apps  —  Microsoft is unveiling a new Whiteboard app for Windows 10 today.  It's an app that's designed for the company's Surface devices, and provides two-way inking for Windows 10.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Instagram launches Story Search for hashtags and locations  —  Instagram Stories wants to be your window into what's going on around a topic or place right now, so it's adding a way to search Stories two months after Snapchat did the same.  Instagram users can now search for a location or hashtag …

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Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek: Chaos Computer Club hackers say they have defeated Samsung Galaxy S8's iris recognition system using a fake iris  —  Hackers of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) in Germany have managed to defeat the iris recognition system on Samsung's flagship Galaxy S8 smartphones.

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Google begins selling Jamboard, its Surface Hub competitor, in US for $5K plus a $600/year service fee per device  —  Working in a modern office can be pretty strange.  I go hours without speaking to my co-workers, yet I'm in constant communication with them through a chat app.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Twitter debuts promoted Direct Message Cards, which show up like Promoted Tweets and encourage users to begin conversations with brands and their chatbots  —  Twitter has found its own way to participate in the growing chatbot trend.  The company announced today a new feature for advertisers …

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Julia Fioretti / Reuters: EU states approve plan to make social media firms tackle hate speech, introduces 30% quota of European media on video streaming platforms, awaits parliament OK  —  European Union ministers approved plans on Tuesday to make social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Pinterest adds dish recognition feature to Lens, reviews and ratings for recipes, and food filters within Search such as dietary preference and cook time  —  Pinterest is today launching a handful of new ways to find recipes using its Lens and Search tools.

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Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch: CDN provider Fastly, used by sites like The New York Times and Pinterest, raises $50M led by Sorenson Capital, bringing its total funding to $180M  —  Content delivery company Fastly has raised $50 million in financing to expand its footprint as a corporate supplier of speedy application, website, and web service delivery.

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Symantec Connect Community: WannaCry ransomware attacks show strong links to Lazarus, the hacking group that was linked to Sony Pictures and Bangladesh central bank hacks  —  Similarities in code and infrastructure indicate close connection to group that was linked to Sony Pictures and Bangladesh Bank attacks.

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Instagram launches location- and hashtag-themed Stories, like Snapchat, except with software algorithms instead of human curators  —  Instagram will now compile Stories around hashtags and locations.  —  Instagram is adding another new Snapchat feature — and another new place where it can (eventually) show ads to users.

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Kimiko De Freytas-Tamura / New York Times: Nairobi Uber drivers concerned about Uber's recently announced service in Kenya that halves the $2.90 minimum fare, lets drivers use older, lower-quality cars  —  NAIROBI, Kenya — James Njoroge, an Uber driver in Nairobi, earns barely $5 at the end of a grueling 10-hour workday ferrying …

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Dina Bass / Bloomberg: Microsoft debuts Windows 10 version for Chinese government, letting the government use its own encryption, remove features, and get updates from a JV in China  —  New Surface tablet has better battery, faster processors  —  Microsoft to release Windows 10 for Chinese government

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro with 4G LTE, 13.5 hour battery life, available for preorder today starting at $799, ships June 15 in 26 countries  —  Available on June 15th starting at $799  —  Microsoft is launching a new Surface Pro today, and it's dropping its numbering scheme as a result.

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Profile of Anker, manufacturer of cables, battery packs, chargers, and more for mobile devices, as it expands into the smart home and auto markets  —  Illustrations by William Joel Photography by James Bareham  —  Steven Yang quit his job at Google in the summer of 2011 to build the products …

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Tim Hardwick / MacRumors: Apple and Nokia Settle Patent Dispute With New Licensing Agreement  —  Nokia and Apple announced today that they have settled all litigation related to their intellectual property dispute and agreed a multi-year patent license.  —  Under the collaborative agreement, Nokia said it will provide …

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Monika Bickert / The Guardian: In response to leak of its content moderation guidelines, Facebook tries to explain “how and where we draw the line”  —  Our reviewing of difficult posts and images is complex and challenging.  We appreciate the Guardian revealing how tough it is to get the balance right

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Jeff John Roberts / Fortune: Former IBM developer Xu Jiaqiang pleads guilty to theft of source code with intent to give it to China, sentencing scheduled for October 13  —  A former developer for IBM pled guilty on Friday to economic espionage and to stealing trade secrets related to a type of software known as a clustered file system …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Amazon rolls out Echo Look camera companion app for iOS and Android, giving owners live preview option and letting them take pictures, mark favorites, more  —  Amazon's odd foray into the world of selfie cameras via the Echo Look is now complete with the launch of a companion application …

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Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat: Amazon confirms Java creator James Gosling will join AWS  —  Amazon Web Services has added another computer science heavyweight to its employee roster.  James Gosling, often referred to as the “Father of Java,” announced on Facebook Monday that he would be joining the cloud provider as a distinguished engineer.

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Kate Conger / Gizmodo: PayPal files suit in Manhattan federal court against Pandora claiming its new “P” logo is “unlawfully similar” to PayPal's logo  —  PayPal sued Pandora on Friday, claiming that the struggling music streaming service ripped off its distinctive blue logo in the hopes of piggybacking on PayPal's popularity.

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Thomas Page / CNN: Dubai to introduce fleet of robots with face scanning-tech to its police force May 24; citizens can ask them questions, report crimes, and pay fines  —  Writer Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics are a fictional creation with real-world value:  — A robot may not injure a human being or …

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Todd Haselton / CNBC: Sources: LeEco planning massive layoffs in US as soon as this week, will keep 60 of 500 employees; CEO YT Jia has stepped down but will remain on the board  —  LeEco, a Chinese company that made a big splash in the U.S. last fall, is preparing for a round of layoffs that may happen as soon as Tuesday, according to sources.

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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police: Source: Nest working on indoor security camera with 4K resolution for smart digital zoom, priced higher than current $300 cameras, expected to debut end of May  —  Google-owned Nest used to be one of the few companies selling WiFi home security cameras, but now everyone is doing it.

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