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Jillian D'Onfro / CNBC: Google Maps volunteers working to stop fake reviews, ghost listings, impersonators, and other scammers say abuse is getting worse and Google isn't doing enough  —  - Fraud on Google Maps is not a new problem but a group of Maps advocates say that the number of fake reviews seems to have increased unfettered.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Sensor Tower: US iPhone users spent an average of $58 each on in-app purchases in 2017, up 23% YoY; entertainment apps spending up 57%, lifestyle apps up 110%  —  Games, dating apps and streaming services contributed to a rise in consumer spending in iPhone apps last year …

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Russ Juskalian / MIT Technology Review: How UN's Building Blocks program is using permissioned blockchain based on open source Ethereum code to distribute UN-facilitated food aid to recipients  —  A few times a month, Bassam pushes a shopping cart through the aisles of a grocery store stocked with bags of rice, a small selection of fresh vegetables, and other staples.

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Jeff Dunn / Ars Technica: Google researchers showcase AI tech that can isolate individual voices within a noisy environment in videos with a single audio track by watching mouth movement  —  Google researchers try to replicate the “cocktail party effect” for computers.  —  Google researchers have developed …

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Noah Kulwin / New York Magazine: Former Facebook, Google, Reddit execs, and other prominent technologists describe how Silicon Valley's business model undermined its dream of a networked utopia  —  Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created.  A breakdown of what went wrong — from the architects who built it.

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Tom McKay / Gizmodo: Pentagon spokesperson says there has been a “2,000% increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours”, following Syria air strikes on Friday night  —  As Donald Trump's administration, backed by France and the UK, launched a series of missile attacks on Syrian installations allegedly used …

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Benjamin Herold / Education Week: Study finds ~3,337 free apps in Google Play's Designed for Families program that may violate COPPA, a federal law aimed to protect children from online tracking  —  Thousands of free apps available in the Google Play store are potentially violating a major federal data-privacy law intended …

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Megan Farokhmanesh / The Verge: Amid FOSTA crackdown, sex workers turn to Switter.at, an instance of the open source social platform Mastodon, to maintain their online presence  —  Safe options are dwindling for sex workers under the controversial sex trafficking bill.  Switter is helping—for now  —  Sex workers are running out of safe online spaces.

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Wall Street Journal: A breakdown of all the data tech companies can collect during a low-key pizza and movie night with a friend, according to their privacy policies  —  The smartphones, Facebook accounts and other technology products deeply embedded in modern life help people get more things done every day.

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Matt Day / The Seattle Times: Interviews and docs show why Microsoft has failed to hire/retain more women: a culture of casual sexism, male-dominated hierarchy, and poor grievance resolution  —  Court filings, internal documents and interviews with employees illustrate why Microsoft has failed to hire or retain more women …

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Tess Owen / VICE News: Facebook removes pages linked to white nationalist Richard Spencer and The Nationalist Initiative's page; all pages are linked to “hate groups” by the SPLC  —  Two Facebook pages associated with white nationalist Richard Spencer have been kicked off the platform.

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Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed: Ahead of key elections in India, experts say Facebook, Google, and Twitter aren't doing enough to prevent abuse and political manipulation on their platforms  —  The world's largest democracy is in danger of having its biggest elections influenced through the internet — but so far …

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John Herrman / New York Times: People quickly trusted tech companies with personal info amid a data boom, despite risks, spawning resentment and distrust after the Cambridge Analytica scandal  —  The queasy truth at the heart of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, which is so far the company's defining disgrace of 2018 …

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Brenda Goh / Reuters: Chinese microblogging platform Weibo says it will remove gay and violent content during a 3-month cleanup campaign to comply with China's new cybersecurity law  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Sina Weibo will remove gay and violent content, including pictures, cartoons and text posts …

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Nicholas Thompson / Wired: Sources: many Facebook employees pleased with Zuckerberg's congressional testimonies, but some were mystified with his answers about its advertising business  —  ABOUT TWO HOURS, or 20 percent, into Mark Zuckerberg's marathon testimony before Congress this week, the Facebook CEO …

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New York Times: As Mark Zuckerberg takes heat for the way Facebook handles personal information of its users, the leaders of other tech companies have kept a low profile  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Two pages of notes sitting in a binder in front of Mark Zuckerberg during his congressional testimony this week hinted …

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Chloe Aiello / CNBC: After testing home flipping marketplace for a year, Zillow itself will start buying and selling homes for cash; Zillow shares down 7.3% after announcement  —  - Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff said the company's existing audience of sellers and buyers uniquely positions it for success as a real estate investor.

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Sumeet Chatterjee / Reuters: Sources: Walmart likely to reach deal to buy ~51% of Flipkart by end of June; Walmart offered $10-$12B, in part for newly issued shares valuing Flipkart at $18B  —  HONG KONG/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Walmart Inc (WMT.N) is likely to reach a deal to buy a majority stake in Indian e-commerce player Flipkart …

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Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle: Waymo submitted an application to test autonomous cars without safety drivers in California; source says tests will start near its Mountain View headquarters  —  Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, this week applied to test cars without drivers on California roads, the Chronicle has learned.

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: FCC filing from July, made public today, shows iPhone X in gold color, that Apple likely planned to launch but abandoned due to unforeseen production issues  —  Apple appears to have designed a gold iPhone X, according to documents filed with the United States Federal Communications Commission.

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Wall Street Journal: WSJ analysis of VentureSource data: in 2017, Asian investors directed 40% of the $154B in global venture financing, nearly as much as the 44% from US investors  —  An exclusive WSJ analysis shows how venture-capital investment from Asia is skyrocketing, threatening to shift power …

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg: In a leaked memo to employees, Apple says it has caught 29 leakers working for Apple, contractors, and supply chain partners in 2017, 12 of whom were arrested  —  Company memo says it found 29 ‘leakers’ last year, 12 arrested  —  CEO Tim Cook pledged to ‘double down’ on secrecy in 2012

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Arjun Kharpal / CNBC: Yahoo Japan to buy 40% stake in local cryptocurrency exchange BitARG, source says for $18.5M to $27.8M  —  - Yahoo Japan Corp said on Friday it would buy a minority stake in cryptocurrency exchange BitARG Exchange Tokyo.  — Yahoo Japan, which is also the country's biggest online auction site …

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Sam Biddle / The Intercept: Leaked doc describes new Facebook tool that predicts when users may leave a brand for a competitor, enabling advertisers to target and try to keep them  —  Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted in March, Facebook has been attempting to make a moral stand for your privacy …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Leaked Gmail redesign screenshots also show Confidential Mode that lets Gmail users stop recipients from forwarding, copying, downloading, or printing emails  —  New feature gives you control over how emails are used  —  Gmail on the web is getting a big update in the coming weeks …

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