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FBI’s claim that investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year is inflated; sources say number likely between…

Devlin Barrett / Washington Post : FBI's claim that investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year is inflated; sources say number likely between 1,000-2,000   —  The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the extent of problems posed …

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Baidu to spin out and sell majority stake in its Global DU unit that runs some Baidu-owned apps and its ads business outside of China (Jon…

Jon Russell / TechCrunch : Baidu to spin out and sell majority stake in its Global DU unit that runs some Baidu-owned apps and its ads business outside of China   —  Baidu, the Chinese search giant, is spinning out its business unit responsible for utility apps and its mobile ad business to sharpen its focus on artificial intelligence.

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Nielsen expands its partnership with YouTube TV to include YouTube viewership in local TV audience measurements, likely a boon for local media ad buys…

A.J. Katz / Adweek : Nielsen expands its partnership with YouTube TV to include YouTube viewership in local TV audience measurements, likely a boon for local media ad buys   —  Which is good news for media buyers and sellers  —  Nielsen announced today that YouTube TV viewership at designated market levels …

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The birth of the Universal Digital Profile

It is a well-known fact that Europeans are generally more concerned about privacy than some other countries. Indeed, we’ve had a history of major privacy breaches that had such catastrophic consequences that it is now part of our culture that personal data should be treated as highly sensitive — something the U.S. is now catching up to in the wake of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal. The culmination of this is the new EU-wide privacy regulation, the GDPR , which will come into effect on May 25, 2018 , and was a hot topic during the recent  Zuckerberg testimony . One key article is the right to personal data portability . In a nutshell, it states that users of a service can request their personal data to be transferred to another provider, without hindrance (read: in the format the other provider requests). This means that if you are no longer happy using a social network, you can switch to another one and have all of your personal data (profile, pictures, messages, posts, likes…) sent to the new provider. It’s the same idea as being able to keep your phone number when you change carrier, but applied to all of your personal data. Although the definition of what constitutes your personal profile is still being debated (is it just the data you uploaded, or all the data that was derived from it? Does it include metadata?), it is safe to say that a big part of your online identity will soon be transferable across multiple providers.

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Average tenure of Facebook’s top 14 execs is more than 9 years, most have been at Facebook since before its IPO, few top execs have left despite…

Kurt Wagner / Recode : Average tenure of Facebook's top 14 execs is more than 9 years, most have been at Facebook since before its IPO, few top execs have left despite controversies   —  This month was the perfect month to leave Facebook.  —  The social giant, which has been under fire over the past 18 months …

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LastPass integrates Yubico SDK in its app on iOS, enabling the use of the $50 YubiKey NEO for two-factor authentication via NFC on iPhone 7 and newer…

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet : LastPass integrates Yubico SDK in its app on iOS, enabling the use of the $50 YubiKey NEO for two-factor authentication via NFC on iPhone 7 and newer devices   —  Popular password manager LastPass delivers the first iOS app with support for the YubiKey NEO hardware-based authentication key with NFC support.

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Many Bulgarians tweeting in the Cyrillic alphabet are having their accounts suspended and tweets hidden, as though they were Russian bots (Vlad…

Vlad Savov / The Verge : Many Bulgarians tweeting in the Cyrillic alphabet are having their accounts suspended and tweets hidden, as though they were Russian bots   —  People are having their accounts suspended and tweets hidden for the crime of using a different alphabet  —  A week ago, Twitter announced it would become …

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In European Parliament, Zuckerberg was barraged with questions on Facebook’s power and conduct, but the format let him cherry-pick the ones he wanted…

Josh Constine / TechCrunch : In European Parliament, Zuckerberg was barraged with questions on Facebook's power and conduct, but the format let him cherry-pick the ones he wanted to answer   —  Mark Zuckerberg got to cherry-pick the questions he wanted to answer from EU Parliament after it spent an hour taking turns rattling off queries …

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In European Parliament, Zuckerberg was barraged with questions on Facebook’s power and conduct, but the format let him cherry-pick the ones he wanted…

Josh Constine / TechCrunch : In European Parliament, Zuckerberg was barraged with questions on Facebook's power and conduct, but the format let him cherry-pick the ones he wanted to answer   —  Mark Zuckerberg got to cherry-pick the questions he wanted to answer from EU Parliament after it spent an hour taking turns rattling off queries …

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Uber will test a taxi-hailing service in Japan

Ridesharing companies legally require professional drivers in Japan, which limits Uber's options. Right now, it can only offer its most familiar service in areas where there are no viable alternatives. As such, it's trying a different strategy: it's...

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