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George Slefo / Ad Age: Research: nearly 10% of Facebook's global revenue, or about $5B, comes from China-based advertisers seeking to sell their goods and services worldwide  —  Nearly 10 percent of Facebook's global revenue, or about $5 billion, comes from China, despite being banned from operating in the country …

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Mariella Moon / Engadget: AT&T launches LTE-M, an Amazon Dash-like button that users can program to place online orders or send alerts with a click  —  AT&T has launched a new product called LTE-M button, which allows users to place an order online in one click.  Yes, it sounds just like Amazon Dash — in fact …

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Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic: Inside the community of “Bird hunters”, who search for and charge e-scooters for firms like Bird and compare the activity to playing Pokémon Go, but for money  —  Every afternoon around 4:00 p.m., when school lets out, Brandon, an 18-year-old high-school senior in Los Angeles …

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Jason Koebler / Motherboard: Archives show ex-CIA officer who allegedly leaked Vault 7 files to WikiLeaks uploaded some CIA-related source code to a personal website tied to his real name  —  Joshua Schulte uploaded CIA code to a personal website linked to his real name, archived versions of the site show.

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: Analysis: Amazon Channels, which resells subscriptions to HBO, Showtime, and others, now accounts for 55% of à la carte direct-to-consumer video subscriptions  —  Amazon has quietly become a major player in the subscription video sales business: Amazon Channels, the company's platform …

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Monica Alleven / FierceWireless: Qualcomm says it will incorporate WPA3 into chipsets this summer for mobile devices and on all Wi-Fi networking infrastructure products  —  Qualcomm Technologies is getting a jump on things as it announced this week that it will be applying the industry's newest Wi-Fi security protections across its portfolio.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: McAfee report: North Korea-linked hackers posted three apps on Google Play to steal personal info from defectors; hackers made contact with targets via Facebook  —  Apps hosted in Google market for two months were spread over Facebook.  —  Researchers said a team of hackers tied …

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Jillian D'Onfro / CNBC: Inside Alphabet's three-day machine learning bootcamp, started this spring, which aims to impart AI know-how to ~12 of CapitalG's portfolio companies, like Lyft  —  - Alphabet's CapitalG is offering a new program for its portfolio companies, including AirBnb, Lyft, and CrowdStrike

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Hands-on with the RED Hydrogen One Android phone with a 5.7-inch “holographic” display, coming to Verizon and AT&T sometime this summer starting at $1,195  —  Come for the holograms, stay for the modules  —  We just got a look at the upcoming RED Hydrogen One smartphone …

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Linda Kinstler / The Atlantic: German law requiring social media companies to take down hate speech within 24 hours prompts far right claims of lack of clarity, chilled speech, and censorship  —  The new year was just a day old when Alice Weidel, the 38-year-old co-leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) …

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Katrin Bennhold / New York Times: Inside Facebook's deletion center in Berlin, where 1,200 people review posts violating firm's rules or German law, and decide what is free speech or hate speech  —  A country taps its past as it leads the way on one of the most pressing issues facing modern democracies: how to regulate the world's biggest social network.

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Patrick Winn / GlobalPost Investigations: Interviews with experts and defectors detail North Korea's Reconnaissance General Bureau, whose hackers are estimated to have stolen $650M+  —  The Reconnaissance General Bureau, North Korea's equivalent to the CIA, has trained up the world's greatest bank-robbing crews.

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Mehreen Khan / Financial Times: Majority of European Parliament members are pushing for Mark Zuckerberg's testimony, due to be given in a private session on Tuesday, to be streamed live  —  MEPs have revolted against plans for Mark Zuckerberg to attend a closed-door grilling in the European Parliament next week …

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Stephanie Condon / ZDNet: Bank of America begins rolling out its AI-powered assistant, Erica, which will help its 25M mobile clients do banking tasks by voice, text, and gestures  —  The virtual assistant will be available to Bank of America's 25 million mobile clients  —  Bank of America on Friday officially introduced Erica …

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Ernie Smith / Motherboard: A history of the music industry's first efforts at creating music streaming services after Napster and why they failed given the importance of streaming now  —  Lessons from the music industry's initial consumer-hostile reaction to the Napster saga.  Going from $16 CDs to unlimited streaming is really hard.

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac: Apple is telling developers to remove CallKit from apps listed in App Store in China after government request, likely because of CallKit's VoIP functionalities  —  Apple has started cracking down on yet another type of application in China.  Following the earlier removal of VPN apps …

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Mark Bergen / Bloomberg: Source: Google edited some Duplex calls used in demo to protect identity of businesses involved; one restaurant in the demo may have been identified by Mashable  —  - Company is said to tell staff that robo-caller will ID itself  — Duplex demo at company's I/O conference caused a firestorm

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Wall Street Journal: Data shows Tencent bought stakes in 277 tech companies between 2013 and 2017, and the value of its stakes in public companies topped $33B at the end of 2017  —  Social-media and videogame giant bought stakes in 277 tech companies since 2013, and its deal-making pace is accelerating

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Reuters: A look at Chinese “accelerators” in Silicon Valley, 11 of which have been created since 2013, that aim to identify promising startups and bring them to China  —  Koh Gui Qing, Salvador Rodriguez  —  NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Beijing's unslakeable thirst for the latest technology …

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Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg: Interviews with pioneers of AI and PM Justin Trudeau about the history of neural networks and how the Canadian government brought the AI researchers together  —  Over the past five years, artificial intelligence has gone from perennial vaporware to one of the technology industry's brightest hopes.

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Wendy Lee / San Francisco Chronicle: Facebook has leased all the 43 floors of the Park Tower at Transbay in San Francisco, a week after some Instagram employees moved into nearby office space  —  Facebook on Friday signed a lease at 43-story Park Tower, making the social networking giant one of the city's largest tech tenants.

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Alex Wilhelm / Crunchbase News: Adaptive Insights, a cloud-based business planning services provider headquartered in Palo Alto, files for an IPO; Adaptive Insights had previously raised $175M  —  Morning Report: Business planning software shop Adaptive Insights is going public.  Here's our first look.

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Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat: Oculus Mobile Store adds support for free and paid downloadable content in beta for Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR with Rift support coming soon  —  Post-release downloadable content has become so commonplace in games that today's digital stores need to support it.

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Rhett Jones / Gizmodo: Report: Snap CEO was inspired by Chinese apps for Snapchat redesign, wanted to make the app friendlier to older users, launched redesign despite staff concerns  —  Snap's stock price is now hovering around its lowest point ever since the company went public last year.

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Nuance has acquired Voicebox Technologies, a speech recognition and natural language tech pioneer; latest Nuance earnings report indicates deal price was $82M  —  Nuance Communications has quietly acquired Voicebox Technologies, a Bellevue, Wash.-based company that was an early leader …

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