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Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk: IBM launches IBM Blockchain service, based on Linux Foundation-backed Hyperledger's Fabric code, and details its two commercial deployments  —  Tech giant IBM is set to unveil what it's calling the first “commercial application” of Hyperledger's open-source Fabric codebase.

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: How Facebook's language around the fake news issue has evolved, and why it will never say it is a media company or has a responsibility for user-shared content  —  ark Zuckerberg is displeased.  It's been more than four months since election night, but Facebook still finds itself in the hot seat …

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Bloomberg: Profile of Duan Yongping, co-founder of China's #1 and #3 smartphone makers Oppo and Vivo, who lives in US and has most of his non-China wealth tied up in Apple  —  Duan Yongping co-founded top Chinese brands Oppo and Vivo  —  “China's Buffett” still regards Apple as a great investment

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Stephen M. Baldwin / Fortune: Behind Shopify, which powers ~400K online stores for individuals and brands where more than 100M people shopped in 2016  —  From the -unlikely setting of Ottawa, Shopify has -quietly been powering an e-commerce revolution.  —  Shopify has done a pretty good job hiding itself from the world.

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Kara Swisher / Recode: Less than a year after joining, Uber president Jeff Jones quits; sources say he decided the company's controversies were more problematic than he realized  —  He is leaving after apparently deciding the current controversies are too much to handle  —  Jeff Jones, the president of Uber …

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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed: How Techmeme continues to set the agenda for influential tech readers, without chasing scale or adopting the trappings of most media firms  —  Gabe Rivera was halfway through his lamb gyro when it became clear he'd been spotted.  It was the middle of the lunch rush at a bustling upscale food court …

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Alex Heath / Business Insider: Sources: Facebook's Building 8 experimental consumer hardware group working on at least 4 projects, one involving cameras and AR; group to have a key role at F8  —  - A top secret division within Facebook called Building 8 is working on at least four unannounced consumer hardware products.

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Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware: Intel launches its first product with 3D XPoint technology: the $1520, 375GB Optane SSD DC P4800X, for data centers  —  The NVMe DC P4800X marks Intel's 3D XPoint-powered Optane SSD debut—but it's aimed directly at the enterprise market.  Optane is Intel's all-encompassing brand name …

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Chao Deng / Wall Street Journal: Sources: China's central bank is circulating draft guidelines that would require Bitcoin exchanges to verify clients' identity, adhere to banking regulations  —  Recent central-bank scrutiny has led exchanges to impose trading fees  —  BEIJING—China's central bank is moving to regulate …

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Hackers at Pwn2Own competition exploit combination of bugs in Microsoft Edge, Windows 10, and VMware Workstation to escape virtual machine and compromise host  —  Hack worked by stitching together three separate exploits.  —  Contestants at this year's Pwn2Own hacking competition in Vancouver …

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Wireless communications lobby group CTIA says web browsing and app usage history isn't “sensitive information” in filing against FCC's broadband privacy rules  —  ISP lobby groups make case against the FCC's broadband privacy rules.  —  ISPs that want the federal government …

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Bloomberg: Apple pledges to build two additional research and development centers in China, spend at least $507M on research institutions in the country  —  Company intends to spend at least $500 million on such centers  —  Tim Cook's attending a forum in Beijing over the weekend

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: WhatsApp will soon bring back the text Status feature it lost when introducing a Snapchat Stories clone  —  The Snapchatification of everything has resulted in backlash for WhatsApp, prompting it to revive its text Status option while keeping its image-based replacement.

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Natt Garun / The Verge: EU tells Facebook, Twitter, and Google to update their ToS and gives companies one month to propose measures to better protect consumers from scams  —  Navigating your way around the internet may seem intuitive if you've grown up with access to it most of your life — but for those who are just beginning …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Amazon debuts “Outfit Compare” feature in iOS app, helping Prime members decide between outfits after they upload two photos of themselves in different outfits  —  Amazon has been steadily pushing its way into fashion over the past several years, with investments in its own private labels …

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard: WikiLeaks Won't Tell Tech Companies How to Patch CIA Zero-Days Until Its Demands Are Met  —  Last week, WikiLeaks promised it would share the technical details and code of the hacking tools that the CIA has allegedly developed against Google, Apple, Microsoft and other tech companies.

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Dan Primack / Axios: As MuleSoft closes up 40% on its first day of trading, valued at about $3B, company CEO Greg Schott talks about IPO timing, potential acquisitions, more  —  MuleSoft, a San Francisco-based SaaS integration company, last night priced the year's first big enterprise software IPO, raising $221 million.

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Mike Wuerthele / AppleInsider: Chance the Rapper says Apple paid him $500K “plus a commercial” to exclusively stream his album Coloring Book on Apple Music for two weeks  —  After some criticism about the artist's integrity and independence, Chance the Rapper made a series of tweets and revealed …

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Nick Statt / The Verge: YouTube to discontinue video annotations editor May 2, encourages creators to use mobile-friendly End Screens and Cards features instead  —  To be replaced by Cards and End Screens  —  YouTube today announced that it will be replacing its annotations engine with what it calls End Screen and Cards …

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Heather Somerville / Reuters: Judge approves $27 million driver settlement in Lyft lawsuit  —  A U.S. judge gave the final approval on Thursday to a settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit against Lyft, ending a legal case that challenged the independent contractor status of the company's drivers.

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David Kravets / Ars Technica: District court in Minnesota issues warrant requiring Google to determine who has used the search engine to look up the name of a local financial fraud victim  —  Order seeks data for “any/all user or subscriber information” related to the searches.  —  Police in a small suburban town …

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Ashley Carman / The Verge: FBI arrests person who allegedly tweeted seizure-inducing strobe at Newsweek's Kurt Eichenwald  —  An arrest has been made three months after someone tweeted a seizure-inducing strobe at writer and Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald.  The Dallas FBI confirmed the arrest to The Verge today …

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Joe Mayes / Bloomberg: UK govt, Guardian, Sainsbury, others pull ads from YouTube as Times of London investigation finds ads appearing with extremist videos; Google promises changes  —  Guardian newspaper also halts ads, citing ‘hate-filled videos’  —  YouTube owner Google says it's ‘committed to doing better’

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Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Nintendo to double planned production of Switch consoles from the initial 8M to 16M in the fiscal year starting April 1  —  Company plans to manufacture 16 million or more in year starting April 1, up from an initial plan for eight million  —  TOKYO— Nintendo Co. has decided …

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Brian Deagon / Investor's Business Daily: MuleSoft up 45%+ on NYSE debut after raising $221M in IPO  —  Tech unicorn MuleSoft (MULE) popped 43% on its first day of trading Friday, drawing more attention to initial public offerings that are increasing after being historically weak since the second half of 2015.

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