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Experts are skeptical about Huawei's claim it can ensure a steady components supply without the US, say it would struggle to replace chips, lasers, other parts (Reuters)

By 2023, Uber Eats may own 25% of the global food delivery industry worth $191B, but both DoorDash and GrubHub make more sales, and DoorDash is growing fastest (Danielle Abril/Fortune)

Swedish startup Einride's driverless truck T-pod gets a permit to make short trips on a public road in an industrial area in central Sweden at up to 5 km/hr (Esha Vaish/Reuters)

Profile of Tall Poppy, which has raised $1M+ seed round to help companies protect employees against online threats from trolls and hackers (Sean Captain/Fast Company)

A look at various tools such as drones, sensors, and AI being deployed at the US-Mexico border, as a proposed "smart wall" garners bipartisan political support (Shirin Ghaffary/Vox)

Snapchat's popular new gender-changing filter provokes mixed reactions in the LGBTQ community, with some lauding the ability to safely explore themselves (Ina Fried/Axios)

Physical storage startup Clutter, valued at $600M in its last raise, acquired the storage business of rival Omni, which is pivoting to rentals of personal items (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Profile of ObEN, which creates "personal artificial intelligences", life-size holographic AI avatars, by modeling people's appearance and adapting their voice (Brian Merchant/Gizmodo)

VC-backed consumer startups are outperforming enterprise startups at IPOs in this decade, going public more often at higher valuations, compared to the 2000s (Eric Feng)

IBM report attributes a 95% decline in attacks caused by hacktivist groups since 2015 to the disintegration of Anonymous and sustained law enforcement crackdown (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

All harmful technologies are a product of unethical design, yet, like car companies in the '70s, today's tech companies would rather blame the user (Lizzie O'Shea/Longreads)

A look at Twitter in Japan, its second-largest market, raking in $136M in Q1 revenue, where the service has mass appeal and many users have multiple accounts (Selina Wang/Bloomberg)

Techdirt settles suit by Shiva Ayyadurai, who claimed to invent email; no money exchanges hands; Techdirt to link to an Ayyadurai statement on related articles (Mike Masnick/Techdirt)

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Google says it will shut down Jump, its cloud-based VR video stitching service, on June 28, due to a usage decline as new video formats and VR cameras came out (Janko Roettgers/Variety)

Salesforce says faulty script deployment gave users access to all of their company's Salesforce data, forcing it to shut down much of its infrastructure Friday (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Italy launches Google antitrust probe, says Google refused to integrate Italian energy giant Enel's app to find electric car charging stations into Android Auto (David Meyer/Fortune)

Google has a "Purchases" page that shows your purchases based on receipts you have in your Gmail inbox; Google says only you can view your purchases (CNBC)

Profile of Brian Hofer, an anti-surveillance activist who drafted San Francisco's facial recognition ban and over two dozen other privacy laws in California (Kate Conger/New York Times)

Study: adding a recovery phone number to a Google Account can stop up to 100% of bot hijacking attempts, 96% of bulk phishing attacks, 76% of targeted attacks (Google Online Security Blog)

CDN provider Fastly closes up 50% on its first day of trading after raising $180M in its IPO, is now valued at about $2.2B (Michael Hytha/Bloomberg)

After exploding bear repellent sent 20+ workers to the hospital, Amazon is building special warehouses for hazardous items, with first set to open this summer (Louise Matsakis/Wired)

Sources: Google agreed to refund advertisers that paid for ads displayed in an ad fraud scheme discovered in 2017, following lawsuit over back-payments (Patience Haggin/Wall Street Journal)

The key value of Uber was its relentless innovation and promise to change the world, which the board forgot when it focused on stability in replacing Kalanick (Bradley Tusk/Financial Times)

MultiVu, which is developing a compact 3D image camera that uses a single sensor and AI for applications like 3D face authentication, raises a $7M seed round (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

Q&A with Google News creator Krishna Bharat on the impact of AI on journalism, the future of assisted interviews, and AI's contribution to democratic processes (Nicolas Kristen/Global Editors Network)

Filing: Facebook has set up a new company in Switzerland, Libra Networks, that will focus on payments, financing, identity management, blockchain, and more (Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi/Reuters)

Zipline raises $190M at a $1.2B valuation, will expand its drone delivery service for medical supplies to US, starting in N. Carolina, where it got FAA approval (Lora Kolodny/CNBC)

EU agrees on a new sanctions mechanism for hackers, with ability to target them anywhere in the world, freeze their assets in the bloc, and ban them from entry (Robin Emmott/Reuters)

Alibaba says fake product listings were down 67% on its platforms in 2018 after deployment of anti-counterfeiting system analyzing sentiment in user comments (Meng Jing/South China Morning Post)

Spotify starts testing Car Thing, a voice-controlled smart assistant device for cars, with some Premium users in US (Ashley Carman/The Verge)

Sheryl Sandberg: there is concern in US "with the size and power of Chinese companies, and the realization that those companies are not going to be broken up" (Salvador Rodriguez/CNBC)

Health at Scale, which wants to match patients to the right treatments from the right providers at the right time using AI, raises $16M Series A (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)

Sources shed light on Amazon's Away Team model inside AWS, where one team's service may be implemented by another team who needs the enhanced capability (Dan Woods/The Register)

Profile of Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer, who admits AI alone may not be enough to deal with toxic content and chokes up when discussing the scale of the issue (New York Times)

Alphabet's Wing says it will start drone deliveries in Helsinki, Finland, in the coming weeks with a gourmet supermarket and a restaurant as launch partners (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Microsoft announces Minecraft Earth, a real-world AR version of Minecraft, available in closed beta on iOS and Android this summer (Tom Warren/The Verge)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise to buy supercomputer maker Cray in a deal valued at $1.3B, or $35 per share, which represents a premium of 17.4% to Cray's last close (Arjun Panchadar/Reuters)

Amazon launches flight bookings in India for a variety of carriers, offers Amazon Prime customers up to 2,000 rupees ($28.50) cash back on bookings (Dennis Schaal/Skift)

Deliveroo announces that Amazon is leading a $575M funding round for the UK-based food delivery service, bringing total raised to $1.53B (Chloe Taylor/CNBC)

Sources: DoorDash is finalizing a major round that would value the food delivery app at $10B-$12B, just three months after it raised at a $7B valuation (Amir Efrati/The Information)

Rural US broadband carriers, of which about 25% reportedly use Huawei equipment, say Huawei ban will hinder rural high-speed internet rollout (Financial Times)

Researcher finds data of 2.25M Russian citizens available through leaky Russian government sites, including passport information and other personal details (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Huawei has been stockpiling critical US components and investing in its own supply chain to prepare for disruptions like the one created by Trump's crackdown (South China Morning Post)

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon say they've stopped selling customer geo-location data to third parties, according to letters they all sent the FCC (Devin Coldewey/TechCrunch)

Trump's actions against Huawei limit its 5G tech in US, but Huawei continues to build or improve ~100 undersea cables; ~380 cables carry most international data (Jonathan Hillman/Axios)

Google recently hasn't investigated high-profile leaks with its past tenacity, including leaks about Project Dragonfly and Andy Rubin's exit package (Nitasha Tiku/Wired)

Filing: JD.com has invested ~$55M for a 10% stake in Chinese logistics firm Xinning, which will partner with JD Logistics to help automate its logistics service (Rita Liao/TechCrunch)

DOJ says that it has indicted 10 members of the criminal network that used the GozNym malware to attempt to steal an estimated $100M from 41,000+ victims (Sean Lyngaas/CyberScoop)

Baidu reports Q1 revenue of $3.5B, up 15% YoY, and a net loss of $47.5M, its first net loss since going public in 2005; stock down 9%+ after hours (Zheping Huang/Bloomberg)

Sensor Tower: TikTok had the most App Store downloads for the fifth quarter in a row, with 33M+ in Q1; WhatsApp had the most on Google Play, with nearly 199M (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

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