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After the shooting, YouTube employees were walked out of the building with their hands up.

Plus, Spotify’s unusual IPO led to a $ 27 billion valuation, Apple hires Google’s AI head, and “2001: A Space Odyssey” turns 50.

A woman opened fire Tuesday afternoon at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, Calif., injuring three before taking her own life. The suspected shooter has been identified as 39-year-old Nasim Najafi Aghdam. Numerous reports and supposed posts by Aghdam indicate that she was disgruntled about recent policy changes made by YouTube, which made it harder for tens of thousands of small video makers — apparently including Aghdam — to make money using YouTube’s ad revenue-sharing program. [Kara Swisher / Recode]

Spotify’s first day of trading as a public company ended up being surprisingly normal — and that’s a win for its “direct listing” strategy. About 30 million shares of Spotify’s 178 million outstanding shares traded hands yesterday, and after a drop of about 11 percent from the opening price of $ 165.90, the stock was trading at around $ 149 by afternoon; at the end of the day, Spotify was considered by Wall Street to be a $ 27 billion company. [Theodore Schleifer and Rani Molla / Recode]

Apple has hired Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence. John Giannandrea, who helped lead the push to integrate AI throughout Google’s products, will run Apple’s machine learning and AI strategy, and will be one of 16 executives who report directly to CEO Tim Cook. The hire is a major coup for Apple, which many Silicon Valley executives and analysts view as lagging its peers in artificial intelligence. [Jack Nicas and Cade Metz / The New York Times]

Make time for this wide-ranging conversation with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is on a seemingly endless pilgrimage to the nodes of American power — he visited Silicon Valley and Hollywood this week. The prince’s current U.S. visit is mainly a hunting trip for investment, and an opportunity for him to sell his so-called Vision 2030, an elaborate, still mainly unexecuted plan to modernize the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and end its dependence on oil. [Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic]

Here’s an in-depth examination of how Twitter was hijacked by the dark side: The company’s early zeal for free speech ultimately blinded it to safety concerns that continue to plague the platform. And here are some ways Twitter can make itself safer right now.[Austin Carr and Harry McCracken / Fast Company]


Recode Presents …

Fire up your DVR: Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes interviewed Apple CEO Tim Cook for the special, “Revolution: Apple Changing the World” — it’s scheduled to premiere this Friday, April 6 at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT on MSNBC.


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Facebook is banning hundreds more accounts run by Russian trolls.

This time, Facebook found and booted 270 IRA accounts.

500 Startups, still recovering from scandal, is giving some control to an Abu Dhabi investment firm.

It’s the VC firm’s most meaningful governance change since its CEO resigned from the role last year.

One of Pinterest’s top product execs, Jon Alferness, has left the company after less than a year.

Alferness, who reported directly to CEO Ben Silbermann, just joined Pinterest in August.

Snapchat is rolling out group video chats like Messenger and Houseparty.

It’s you and your 15 closest friends.

Trump keeps bashing Amazon for its Postal Service pact — but he’s overlooking a different controversial deal that gives Chinese merchants an advantage in the U.S.

The reason might rhyme with “Beff Jezos.”

At $ 27 billion, Spotify is the seventh-most-valuable internet company to go public in the U.S.

It’s up there with Google, if you don’t adjust for inflation.

As women in tech gain experience, their pay gap with men gets worse.

On average, women are offered 4 percent less than man for the same job at the same company.

This is cool

50 years later, the world is still catching up with “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The Stanley Kubrick sci-fi classic returns to theaters in May with an “unrestored” 70mm print.

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Court Rules Use Of Java In Android Unfair, Google May Have To Pay Oracle Billions In Damages

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According to a new court ruling, Google’s use of Java in Android “was not fair” use, meaning Google is now potentially on the hook for billions of dollars in damages.

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Pruitt’s EPA Will Give Automakers What They Want: Fewer Emissions Rules

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Thanks (for trying), Obama.

The Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) is moving forward with plans to roll back the former president’s emissions standards for automobiles.

Back in 2010, the Obama administration altered the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, requiring automakers to meet a minimum fuel standard of 54.5 miles per gallon for vehicles by 2025.

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According to the E.P.A.’s own projections, passenger vehicles in model years 2012 through 2025 that meet these emissions standards would decrease the country’s oil consumption by 12 billion barrels, and its greenhouse gas emissions by 6 billion metric tons over the vehicles’ lifetimes.

But with a new administration in charge, it’s likely those goals won’t be met.

This week, an E.P.A. spokesperson confirmed that the agency’s head, Scott Pruitt, has sent the White House a draft of a 16-page plan to revisit those standards. Two sources familiar with the matter told The New York Times the plan could “substantially roll back the Obama-era standards.”

“The proposed rollback is going to be quite a significant number,” Myron Ebell, director of global warming and international environmental policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Times. “It will be more than a couple [miles per gallon].”

Automakers have been eager to lower the CAFE standards, which they deem expensive and difficult to attain. And the president and his administration have seemed just as eager to acquiesce. “My administration will work tirelessly to eliminate the industry-killing regulations,” Trump told autoworkers during a speech in March 2017.

Now that Pruitt has delivered a plan, Trump’s one step closer to keeping that promise, and it has environmental experts concerned.

“This is certainly a big deal,” Robert Stavins, director of Harvard’s environmental economics program, told The Times. “The result will be more gas-guzzling vehicles on the road, greater total gasoline consumption, and a significant increase in carbon dioxide emissions.”

We should know the specifics of Pruitt’s plan for revising emissions standards later this year, according to The Times’s sources.

Whether the administration simply rolls back standards to those in place prior to the Obama administration or goes even further is unknown. Either way, our environment will surely suffer.

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Apple Outlines Developer Tools Available for Complying With the EU’s New Data Regulation Rules

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Apple today told developers that it is offering a set of tools to help them fulfill data requests made by users in the European Union or other places around the world to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that goes into effect in May.

Following the implementation of the GDPR developers will need to comply with customer requests for accessing, managing, restricting, and deleting data. To facilitate this, Apple says developers can let users manage data that’s associated with an app and stored in iCloud by using native APIs and Web APIs.

You can let users manage data that’s associated with your app and stored in iCloud by using native APIs and Web APIs.

Providing User Access to CloudKit Data
Give users access to the data stored by your app on their behalf.
When a user requests a copy of the data associated with their Apple ID, it includes only the data that Apple maintains directly, such as documents in iCloud Drive. Data stored in third-party CloudKit containers are not included in any export that Apple provides. Developers should provide their own method for users to get a copy of data stored in their CloudKit containers.

Responding to Requests to Delete Data
Provide options for users to delete their CloudKit data from your app.

Apple too will be implementing new features to comply with the new European regulations. Starting in Early May, the company will introduce an updated Apple ID website that will allow users to download all of their data stored with the company.

Apple also plans to allow customers to use the site to correct personal information, disable Apple ID accounts, and permanently delete an Apple ID. These tools will be available in Europe first before expanding to other areas of the world.

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Apple is switching up its privacy policies to satisfy the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which takes effect May 25 — most notably by offering a way to download all personal data stored on Apple servers.
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This galaxy without dark matter is bending the rules of space

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The complexities of space are pretty mind-boggling, but there are a handful of accepted theories on which scientists base their research. Space is a vacuum, for example, while a light-year is about 5.88 trillion miles. So researchers at Yale Universi…
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Vibes Comments on D.C. Circuit Overturning Restrictive Mobile Marketing Rules

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Last week, in the federal case ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned key elements of a 2015 ruling that handcuffed mobile-first brands. As the only mobile engagement solution leader who petitioned for the appeal, Vibes is pleased with the court’s decision and expects that innovation in mobile marketing will surge as a result.

In 2015, the FCC released an omnibus order that attempted to clarify some rules of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In practice however, the clarifications created even more confusion, and over-reached in areas that significantly impacted mobile marketing innovation. The FCC order exposed mobile-first brands to huge penalties, even when making opt-in marketing or business calls and texts that consumers valued and requested.

“This is a big win for mobile marketers who are legitimately obtaining consent and providing wanted communication to their customers,” said Jack Philbin, co-founder and CEO of Vibes and Chair Emeritus of the Mobile Marketing Association. “We appreciate the response and support from the D.C. Circuit of Appeals, which maintains a realistic view of today’s business landscape where consumers want to hear from and interact with their favorite brands – not to mention their bank, their insurance provider, their gym, etc. – all on their mobile phone.”

Vibes, a leading mobile engagement platform company, appreciates FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s support of this decision, as well as the support of Commissioner Michael O’Reilly and Commissioner Brendan Carr. Vibes would also like to thank the National Retail Federation, National Restaurant Association, National Association of Drug Stores, and CTIA – The Wireless Association for submitting written support to the court.

On April 26, 2018, at 1pm CT, the Vibes team and Jennifer P. Bagg, expert TCPA attorney from Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP, will host a webinar to provide thoughts on the impact of this decision on mobile marketing programs. Click here to sign up for the webinar.

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Massachusetts halts five ICOs for defying financial rules

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It's not just the feds concerned about sketchy cryptocurrency fundraising. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin has ordered a halt to the sale of five initial coin offerings (18 Moons, Across Platforms, Mattervest, Pink Ribbon…
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Facebook lays out stricter rules to protect your social data

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It's been a few years coming, but today Facebook unveiled its strategy for protecting user data on its platform. The basic gist? The company is going to be more cautious about how data is shared, and be much more transparent with its users. Today's a…
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Apple Enforces Strict New Rules for App Developers

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Apple’s Developer Program is a great opportunity for companies and individual designers to get their applications in front of millions of iOS users. However, Apple often announces new rules to ensure that developers don’t abuse the scheme and to allow the smooth rollout of apps. Now, according to reports, the company has unveiled several new measures […]
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