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Linus Torvalds back in charge of Linux, according to the Linux 4.19 announcement, over a month after temporarily stepping away to get help to fix his…

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet : Linus Torvalds back in charge of Linux, according to the Linux 4.19 announcement, over a month after temporarily stepping away to get help to fix his behavior   —  After a few weeks off to reconsider his role in the Linux community, Linus Torvalds is back in the saddle.

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AWS CEO Andy Jassy and Supermicro CEO Charles Liang join Apple CEO Tim Cook in calling for a retraction of Bloomberg’s spy chip story (Makena…

Makena Kelly / The Verge : AWS CEO Andy Jassy and Supermicro CEO Charles Liang join Apple CEO Tim Cook in calling for a retraction of Bloomberg's spy chip story   —  ‘Tim Cook is right.  Bloomberg story is wrong about Amazon, too.’  —  Today, executives from both Amazon and the server manufacturer, Super Micro …

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A look at apps like Cruz Crew, N.R.A. and Great America that offer conservatives safe spaces free from the content guidelines of big platforms like…

New York Times : A look at apps like Cruz Crew, N.R.A. and Great America that offer conservatives safe spaces free from the content guidelines of big platforms like Facebook   —  Imagine a society in which everyone more or less agrees with you.  —  You wake up in the morning to online greetings from people …

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DFC Intelligence report: by focusing on games-as-a-service, EA grew to $33B in market value from $4B in 2012, while Activision Blizzard grew to $60B…

Sam Desatoff / GameDaily.biz : DFC Intelligence report: by focusing on games-as-a-service, EA grew to $33B in market value from $4B in 2012, while Activision Blizzard grew to $60B from $10B   —  Thanks to a focus on a continuing revenue model, Activision Blizzard's market value has grown by over $50 billion since 2012.

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After EU antitrust ruling, Android’s future in Europe looks like its present in China, with fragmented alternatives and numerous hubs for apps and…

Shannon Liao / The Verge : After EU antitrust ruling, Android's future in Europe looks like its present in China, with fragmented alternatives and numerous hubs for apps and services   —  By the end of the month, Google will charge a licensing fee in Europe for the Play Store and apps like YouTube and Gmail in order …

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Officials say a government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising sensitive data for ~75,000…

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press : Officials say a government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising sensitive data for ~75,000 people   —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month …

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Google quietly adds a channel shortcut to YouTube video embeds that, when hovered over, displays the full channel name, a subscribe button, and more…

Ben Schoon / 9to5Google : Google quietly adds a channel shortcut to YouTube video embeds that, when hovered over, displays the full channel name, a subscribe button, and more   —  YouTube is constantly changing up various aspects of its design, and today we're noticing that the platform has quietly made a big change.

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Social platforms are relying on journalists as unpaid content moderators to address misinformation on their sites, even with all the tools at their…

New York Times : Social platforms are relying on journalists as unpaid content moderators to address misinformation on their sites, even with all the tools at their disposal   —  Social platforms have a responsibility to address misinformation as a systemic problem, instead of reacting to case after case.

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Sources: online payday lender LendUp is splitting the company to separate the lending and credit card businesses; LendUp has raised more than $300M…

Dan Primack / Axios : Sources: online payday lender LendUp is splitting the company to separate the lending and credit card businesses; LendUp has raised more than $300M   —  LendUp, a San Francisco-based fintech company that has raised over $300 million from firms like Google Ventures and Y Combinator …

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FATF, a global watchdog for money laundering, will set first rules on oversight of cryptocurrencies by June; non-complying countries will be added to…

Inti Landauro / Reuters : FATF, a global watchdog for money laundering, will set first rules on oversight of cryptocurrencies by June; non-complying countries will be added to blacklist   —  * FATF to set standards on regulation of crypto firms  —  * Exchanges, wallet providers, ICO-related firms in focus

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Apple CEO Tim Cook calls on Bloomberg to retract its Chinese spy story

(credit: Wikipedia ) Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on Bloomberg Business to retract a story that said his company was the victim of a hardware-based attack carried out by the Chinese government. It's the first time Apple has ever publicly demanded a retraction, according to BuzzFeed. Since Bloomberg published the exclusive article 15 days ago , a gaggle of companies, well-placed government officials, and security researchers have publicly challenged its accuracy. Apple and Amazon have said they have no knowledge of ever finding or removing servers that contained the kind of spy chips Bloomberg alleged were found in the companies’ networks. Supermicro has also denied knowing anything about malicious chips being secretly implanted into any of its motherboards during the manufacturing process, as Bloomberg reported. Meanwhile, an official from the US Department of Homeland Security has said he has no reason to doubt the Apple and Amazon denials, and a top official with the National Security Agency has said the vast resources at his disposal have been unable to confirm the report. As Ars reported last week , hardware experts, including two who were contacted by Bloomberg when reporting the story, said the kind of chip-based backdoors alleged by Bloomberg are extremely complex, particularly when introduced in the supply chain. They said state-sponsored attackers likely would prefer to exploit the numerous firmware vulnerabilities that affect motherboards from Supermicro and other makers. Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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