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CIA says foreign spies in about 30 countries use digital surveillance to monitor agents and that it is pursuing ~140 AI projects to help agents evade…

Jenna McLaughlin / CNN : CIA says foreign spies in about 30 countries use digital surveillance to monitor agents and that it is pursuing ~140 AI projects to help agents evade cameras   —  (CNN)CIA officers working overseas used to expect to be followed after hours by adversarial spies hoping to find their sources.

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Consortium of Amazon, Netflix, and many Hollywood studios sues IPTV service SET TV, claims mass copyright infringement, seeks injunction to shutter…

Ernesto / TorrentFreak : Consortium of Amazon, Netflix, and many Hollywood studios sues IPTV service SET TV, claims mass copyright infringement, seeks injunction to shutter service   —  Several major Hollywood studios, Amazon, and Netflix have filed a lawsuit against Set Broadcast, LLC, which sells the popular IPTV service SET TV.

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As it prepares to launch a podcasts app, Google adds seamless podcast listening across devices, allowing users to listen on a phone and resume on…

Steve Pratt / Pacific Content : As it prepares to launch a podcasts app, Google adds seamless podcast listening across devices, allowing users to listen on a phone and resume on Google Home   —  Google has a new podcasting strategy that completely reimagines how people find and listen to shows.  Today, part one of our exclusive five-part series.

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Facebook gives its definition of terrorism, says it took action on 1.9M pieces of ISIS and al-Qaeda content in Q1, ~2x the previous quarter, finding…

Sarah Frier / Bloomberg : Facebook gives its definition of terrorism, says it took action on 1.9M pieces of ISIS and al-Qaeda content in Q1, ~2x the previous quarter, finding 99% itself   —  Facebook Inc. said it was able to remove a larger amount of content from the Islamic State and al-Qaeda in the first quarter of 2018 by actively looking for it.

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From Ferraris to flying taxis: Q&A with Lilium’s new head of Product Design

Munich-based Lilium , the super-ambitious company developing an electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jet and accompanying “air taxi” service, continues to hire top talent to make its vision a reality. The latest new recruitment is car design veteran Frank Stephenson, who has previously worked for Ferrari, Maserati and Mini, to name but a few. Considered one of the world’s most renowned and influential car designers in recent times, 58-year-old Stephenson’s portfolio includes iconic designs such as the BMW X5, New MINI, Ferrari F430, Maserati MC12 and McLaren P1. Now he’s embarking on adding the Lilium jet to that list. Officially starting next month, he’ll be tasked with recruiting an entirely new design team to shape both the interior and exterior of the jet itself, as well as a design language for the company’s wider infrastructure, including landing pads and departure lounges. In a call with Stephenson yesterday morning, I got to ask him why he’s ditched Ferraris for flying taxis, what his new role will entail more specifically and to dig a little deeper into how he thinks about design and why good design really matters. A lightly edited transcript of the full Q&A follows. TC: I don’t know a huge amount about designing cars, let alone designing cars that can fly. Designing a modern-day car involves a heck of a lot of people and designing something like the Lilium jet again involves a whole team of people. As head of design, how does your role fit into the larger machine of building a vehicle or “flying car?” So if you have a Michelin-rated restaurant and you’ve got to feed 100 people, you’re going to have quite a few cooks in there and the waiters and everybody else to run the machine.

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Twitch’s creators and devs gain a new revenue stream with launch of Bits, which work in Twitch Extensions, with 80/20 revenue split between creators…

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch : Twitch's creators and devs gain a new revenue stream with launch of Bits, which work in Twitch Extensions, with 80/20 revenue split between creators and devs   —  Twitch's Bits, a virtual good that allows fans to cheer on their favorite streamers, have been one of the ways Twitch creators …

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Alphabet says its "other revenues", which include cloud business and hardware sales, made $4.4B in Q1 revenue; Other Bets had revenue of…

Robert Hof / SiliconANGLE : Alphabet says its “other revenues”, which include cloud business and hardware sales, made $4.4B in Q1 revenue; Other Bets had revenue of $150M on a $571M loss   —  Brushing back concerns about recent attacks on data-driven advertising, Alphabet Inc. today beat profit and revenue forecasts …

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Symantec: hacker group called Orangeworm is targeting equipment in US healthcare, like X-Ray and MRI machines, as well manufacturing, agriculture, IT…

Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes : Symantec: hacker group called Orangeworm is targeting equipment in US healthcare, like X-Ray and MRI machines, as well manufacturing, agriculture, IT devices   —  Yet another hacker crew has been battering the healthcare industry in recent months.  But rather than just aim for the PCs …

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In pilot program debuting soon, Uber says it will start obscuring the log of rider pickup and drop-off locations given to drivers, instead showing…

Kate Conger / Gizmodo : In pilot program debuting soon, Uber says it will start obscuring the log of rider pickup and drop-off locations given to drivers, instead showing general areas   —  In a pilot program launching soon, Uber will begin obscuring riders' exact pickup and drop-off locations in the trip history displayed to drivers.

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Mark Karpelès, the CEO of Mt. Gox until its 2014 bankruptcy, becomes CTO of Denver-based London Trust Media, which owns the popular Private…

Jen Wieczner / Fortune : Mark Karpelès, the CEO of Mt. Gox until its 2014 bankruptcy, becomes CTO of Denver-based London Trust Media, which owns the popular Private Internet Access VPN   —  Mark Karpelès, the CEO who presided over Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox until it went bankrupt in 2014, has had a hard time finding work for the last four years.

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Moto g6 and e5 Smartphones Unveiled

The new moto g6 and moto e5 smartphone families are smarter than ever and focus on display, design and power. The new  moto g6  plus is picture perfect in every way. Featuring a 5.9″, 18:9 aspect ratio, its Full HD Max Vision display delivers vivid colors and all the fine details. Capture the most creative shots using its advanced software, and focus in an instant with Dual Autofocus Pixel technology. Taking great pictures even in low light just got easier, thanks to its large f/1.7 aperture and 1.4um pixel size.

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Facebook hit with defamation lawsuit over fake ads

In an interesting twist, Facebook is being sued in the UK for defamation by consumer advice personality, Martin Lewis, who says his face and name have been repeatedly used on fake adverts distributed on the social media giant’s platform. Lewis, who founded the popular MoneySavingExpert.com tips website, says Facebook has failed to stop the fake ads despite repeat complaints and action on his part, thereby — he contends — tarnishing his reputation and causing victims to be lured into costly scams. “It is consistent, it is repeated. Other companies such as Outbrain who have run these adverts have taken them down. What is particularly pernicious about Facebook is that it says the onus is on me, so I have spent time and effort and stress repeatedly to have them taken down,” Lewis told  The Guardian . “It is facilitating scams on a constant basis in a morally repugnant way. If Mark Zuckerburg wants to be the champion of moral causes, then he needs to stop its company doing this.” In a blog post  Lewis also argues it should not be difficult for Facebook — “a leader in face and text recognition” — to prevent scammers from misappropriating his image. “I don’t do adverts. I’ve told Facebook that. Any ad with my picture or name in is without my permission.

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Google confirms some of its own services are now getting blocked in Russia over the Telegram ban

A shower of paper airplanes darted through the skies of Moscow and other towns in Russia today, as users answered the call of entrepreneur Pavel Durov  to send the blank missives out of their windows at a pre-appointed time in support of Telegram, a messaging app he founded that was blocked last week by Russian regulator Roskomnadzor (RKN) that uses a paper airplane icon. RKN believes the service is violating national laws by failing to provide it with encryption keys to access messages on the service (Telegram has refused to comply). The paper plane send-off was a small, flashmob turn in a “Digital Resistance” — Durov’s preferred term — that has otherwise largely been played out online: currently,  nearly 18 million IP addresses are knocked out from being accessed in Russia, all in the name of blocking Telegram. And in the latest development, Google has now confirmed to us that its own services are now also being impacted. From what we understand, Google Search, Gmail and push notifications for Android apps are among the products being affected. “We are aware of reports that some users in Russia are unable to access some Google products, and are investigating those reports,” said a Google spokesperson in an emailed response. We’d been trying to contact Google all week about the Telegram blockade, and this is the first time that the company has both replied and acknowledged something related to it. (Amazon has acknowledged our messages but has yet to reply to them.) Google’s comments come on the heels of RKN itself also announcing  today that it had expanded its IP blocks to Google’s services. At its peak, RKN had blocked nearly 19 million IP addresses, with dozens of  third-party services  that also use Google Cloud and Amazon’s AWS, such as Twitch and Spotify, also getting caught in the crossfire. Russia is among the countries in the world that has enforced a kind of digital firewall, blocking periodically or permanently certain online content.

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