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Profile of CrowdSource Rescue, a service created by two friends during Hurricane Harvey, that helped coordinate thousands of rescues during subsequent disasters (Ryan Duffy/The Verge)

At $7.4B, streaming revenue was 43% of all recorded music revenues in 2017; revenue for artists selling directly via platforms like Bandcamp grew 27.2% YoY (Mark Mulligan/Music Industry Blog)

Avast outlines how hackers hid a backdoor in its PC cleanup tool CCleaner, which tainted ~2.27M downloads in 2017, as part of a targeted attack on tech firms (Lily Hay Newman/Wired)

Iran's central bank bans the country's banks from dealing in cryptocurrencies over money-laundering concerns, as the country tries to halt a currency crisis (Reuters)

Gary Gensler, CFTC's head from 2009 to 2014, thinks Ethereum and Ripple's respective currencies may have been issued and traded in violation of securities laws (Nathaniel Popper/New York Times)

A look at the E-rate program that's intended to subsidize broadband expansion to rural schools but mired in red tape under FCC, blocking access to 750K students (Issie Lapowsky/Wired)

In interview Kogan admits he broke Facebook's ToS but his app was within norms, says he worked on 10+ papers with Pete Fleming, now Instagram's head of research (Ryan Mac/BuzzFeed)

12th District Court of Appeals strikes down Texas law that made disclosing "revenge porn" unlawful, ruling it violates the First Amendment (Tim Cushing/Techdirt)

Google confirms some of its services, including Google Search, Gmail, and Android push notifications, continue to suffer outages in Russia amid Telegram ban (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Amazon India head Amit Agarwal expects groceries and consumables to be more than half of company's business in the country in the next five years (Reuters)

How Instagram influencers portray themselves as self-made wealthy traders to build up affiliate marketing schemes, often targeting teens (Symeon Brown/The Guardian)

A look at the many ways Google harvests user info via Gmail, apps on devices, its Analytics service, more; Google likely knows more about us than Facebook (Christopher Mims/Wall Street Journal)

Two computer-generated Instagram influencers had an orchestrated feud where one "hacked" the other's account and "revealed" she was not a real person (Emilia Petrarca/The Cut)

Uber details tech that uses GPS data and 3D maps to substantially improve the location accuracy in urban environments where traditional GPS is inaccurate (Andrew J. Hawkins/The Verge)

EarthNow comes out of stealth with backing from Bill Gates, Airbus, and SoftBank, plans to operate a satellite constellation providing real-time video of Earth (Alan Boyle/GeekWire)

Profile of Susan Kare, designer of the classic Macintosh suite of icons, whose influential work lives on in modern art museums (Alexandra Lange/New Yorker)

Android Go review: sub-$100 smartphones with Oreo lower the bar for cheap phones, but they don't have Google Photos, and Google Play only has 35 optimized apps (Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica)

Valve acquires Firewatch developer Campo Santo, which will be left intact as a team, weeks after CEO said Valve will return to "making and shipping games" (Julia Alexander/Polygon)

Profile of Campbell Brown, Facebook's head of news partnerships; sources say she controls a $90M budget that will pay partners to make original news programs (Nellie Bowles/New York Times)

Undercover reporter and a survey allege harrowing work conditions for Amazon warehouse workers, who may skip bathroom breaks out of fear of losing their jobs (Shannon Liao/The Verge)

How hate speech and misinformation spread on Facebook in developing countries like Sri Lanka, where reputable sources are scarce, leading to real-world violence (New York Times)

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A look at the current state of AI, what "AI" refers to, and how focusing on the "human-imitative" aspects of AI ignores opportunities in other research areas (Michael Jordan)

A look at Facebook's month-long rollout of its fact-checking tool and its partners in Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines, India, and Colombia (Daniel Funke/Poynter)

A look at surveillance companies like Area SpA, IPS, and Terrogence, which covertly infiltrate and manipulate social media (Thomas Fox-Brewster/Forbes)

Sources: DOJ has sent subpoenas to the top 4 US mobile carriers and GSMA association over alleged collusion to impede eSIM features for easier carrier switching (Wall Street Journal)

Rare Bits, a crypto-collectible trading site, raises $6M Series A led by Spark Capital with First Round, Craft Ventures, SV Angel, and Justin Kan participating (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

RealSelf, a Yelp-like review site for cosmetic procedures, raises $40M Series B for international expansion; RealSelf raised ~$2M in 2007-2008 (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

Interview with filmmaker Andrew Oleck on his spoof video "starring" Mark Zuckerberg, A World Without Facebook, which has 32M+ views and caused some confusion (Adam Clark Estes/Gizmodo)

Photo-sharing and storage company SmugMug acquires Flickr from Oath, promises to revitalize and maintain Flickr as a standalone service (Jessica Guynn/USA Today)

Pivotal closes up ~5% on its first day of trading after raising $555M in its IPO at a valuation of ~$3.8B (Joseph Tsidulko/CRN)

UK judge sentences Kane Gamble, a teen who hacked online accounts of the director of CIA and other prominent US government employees, to two years in prison (Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai/Motherboard)

DOJ probes AT&T, Verizon, and, sources say, GSMA, for possible collusion to thwart eSIM tech; sources say probe opened after Apple and others filed complaints (Cecilia Kang/New York Times)

Tax forms filed by the nonprofit OpenAI provide insight into the enormous salaries and bonuses paid to AI specialists across the world (Cade Metz/New York Times)

Twitter bans Kaspersky Lab from advertising on its network, pointing to DHS' September notice of vendor's ties to Russian intelligence services (Patrick Howell O'Neill/Cyberscoop)

As FOSTA became a law, Cloudflare kicked Switter, a community for sex workers, from its network, forcing the service to move to another CDN (Megan Farokhmanesh/The Verge)

Alibaba is developing its own neural network chip, the Ali-NPU, and has acquired Chinese IoT chip designer C-SKY Microsystems (Masha Borak/TechNode)

A look at the different methods and technologies that Waymo and Tesla use to collect data from the billions of miles their self-driving vehicles have driven (Sean O'Kane/The Verge)

BT to shutdown its traditional PSTN phone network and shift customers to VoIP by 2025 with public consultations about the closure starting next month (Kat Hall/The Register)

At antitrust trial, AT&T CEO announced AT&T Watch, a $15/month bundle with no sports, offered free for AT&T Wireless subscribers; debut planned in several weeks (Drew FitzGerald/Wall Street Journal)

Pivotal priced IPO at $15/share, in the middle of announced range of $14-$16, raising $555M and giving company a valuation of about $3.8B (Jeremy C. Owens/MarketWatch)

German Supreme Court rules that ad blockers are legal, in favor of Adblock Plus, and throws out a case brought by Axel Springer (Reuters)

Profile of Mark Zuckerberg as told by those who knew him growing up in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and those who met him on his 2017 tour of the US (Richard Nieva/CNET)

Sources: Apple's efforts to lessen its reliance on Samsung as the sole iPhone display supplier have hit a hurdle due to manufacturing problems at LG Display (Wall Street Journal)

How Iceland, which offers plentiful energy and cooling, is reckoning with a tech boom driven by data centers that cause power usage to surge (Zeke Turner/Wall Street Journal)

Companies are scaling back and simplifying their ToS to comply with GDPR because users' consent would be legally invalid if they don't understand the agreement (Nate Lanxon/Bloomberg)

ZTE says US ban on sales to the company is unfair and threatens its survival, vows to safeguard its interests through all legal means (Anne Marie Roantree/Reuters)

Filings show gaming chat app Discord has raised ~$50M, bringing total funding to ~$152M, at a valuation of ~$1.65B; Discord says it had 90M users as of January (Wall Street Journal)

Google announces Chat, a carrier messaging service based on Universal RCS, as a replacement to SMS, with typing indicators, full-res images, video, group texts (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

Investigation: 300+ organizations' ads ran on extremist YouTube channels despite many advertisers saying they use YouTube's sensitive subject exclusion filter (CNNMoney)

Filings show Qualcomm's layoffs will happen on or around June 19, will impact ~1,231 employees at its San Diego HQ, 269 in its San Jose and Santa Clara offices (Becky Peterson/Business Insider)

Infotech Headlines Today
[Mon-23-Apr-2018]

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12th District Court of Appeals strikes down Texas law that made disclosing "revenge porn" unlawful, ruling it violates the First Amendment (Tim Cushing/Techdirt) - Techmeme

5 important things happening in South Africa today - BusinessTech

A look at the E-rate program that's intended to subsidize broadband expansion to rural schools but mired in red tape under FCC, blocking access to 750K students (Issie Lapowsky/Wired) - Techmeme

A number of Gmail users got spam messages 'from themselves - The Verge

After Facebook, YouTube may be next! - Daily Trust

Amazon bars trolls from review-bombing James Comey's new book - Mashable

Amazon India head Amit Agarwal expects groceries and consumables to be more than half of company's business in the country in the next five years (Reuters) - Techmeme

Amazon, Netflix and studios sue subscription service over piracy - Engadget

Anthony Hopkins is a treasure and we're lucky to have him on Twitter - Mashable

At $7.4B, streaming revenue was 43% of all recorded music revenues in 2017; revenue for artists selling directly via platforms like Bandcamp grew 27.2% YoY (Mark Mulligan/Music Industry Blog) - Techmeme

AT&T's cheap monthly streaming service is for cord-cutters who don't care about sports - Mashable

Avast outlines how hackers hid a backdoor in its PC cleanup tool CCleaner, which tainted ~2.27M downloads in 2017, as part of a targeted attack on tech firms (Lily Hay Newman/Wired) - Techmeme

BMW releases a teaser for the iX3, its first all-electric SUV - Engadget

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook notifies 87m affected users today - Daily Trust

Cape Town-based SkillUp Tutors raises undisclosed Series A round from Knife Capital to scale the business internationally - TechMoran

Chinese cities wanting peace and quiet are using acoustic cameras to catch honking drivers - Business Insider

Creditor Fails To Prove Up Contempt For Violating Charging Order In SE Property - Forbes

Develop your cursory knowledge even faster with Wikipedia's Page Previews - Mashable

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Drupalgeddon2' Touches Off Arms Race To Mass-Exploit Powerful Web Servers - Slashdot

Dutch Study Finds Some Video Game Loot Boxes Broke the Law - Slashdot

Florida detectives attempted to use a dead suspect's fingerprint to unlock his phone - The Verge

Free new tool could help keep your data private - Daily Trust

Gary Gensler, CFTC's head from 2009 to 2014, thinks Ethereum and Ripple's respective currencies may have been issued and traded in violation of securities laws (Nathaniel Popper/New York Times) - Techmeme

George Sr. and Jr. share touching tributes to the late Barbara Bush - Mashable

Good guy with no gun James Shaw Jr. disarmed Waffle House shooter - Mashable

Google confirms some of its services, including Google Search, Gmail, and Android push notifications, continue to suffer outages in Russia amid Telegram ban (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch) - Techmeme

Google's AR Microscope Quickly Highlights Cancer Cells - Slashdot

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' on Broadway sparkles with real theater magic - Mashable

How this AI platform is taking over the business world - Mashable

How To Build A Sustainable, Supportive Community Around Your Work - Forbes

In interview Kogan admits he broke Facebook's ToS but his app was within norms, says he worked on 10+ papers with Pete Fleming, now Instagram's head of research (Ryan Mac/BuzzFeed) - Techmeme

Iran bans banks from trading cryptocurrencies - Engadget

Iran's central bank bans the country's banks from dealing in cryptocurrencies over money-laundering concerns, as the country tries to halt a currency crisis (Reuters) - Techmeme

It's now safe to skin your Nintendo Switch - Engadget

Jeremy Hunt threatens social media with new child-protection laws - BBC

JK Rowling reveals new 'Fantastic Beasts' character - Mashable

Lenovo drives China tech slump as fallout from ZTE ban spreads - BusinessTech

Man, Shania Twain regrets saying she would have voted for Trump - Mashable

Mastercard's drive to increase digital payment adoption in Africa - BusinessTech

Mt. Gox chief returns as an exec at a VPN giant - Engadget

Of course Harley-Davidson's summer internship comes with a free motorcycle - Mashable

Omnidrive's Online Storage Actually Works - Techcrunch

Pornhub Hasn't Been Actively Enforcing Its Deepfake Ban - Slashdot

Russia adds Google IPs to registry of banned sites - Associated Press

Science, technology, innovation to drive Nigeria's economy-Onu - Daily Trust

Shanghai gets automated bank with VR, robots, face scanning - Associated Press

SupraScoop ' The social prospecting platform for business - BusinessTech

Tesla Batteries Retain Over 90 Percent Charging Power After 160,000 Miles, Survey Finds - Slashdot

The best projector for a home theater - Engadget

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