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Financial Times:
Regulatory filings show Tiger Global has sold its entire stake in Bumble, Airbnb, and Didi, and ~80% of its stake in Robinhood during 2022's tech stock sell-off  —  Value of hedge fund's public shareholdings fell by almost $20bn during first quarter  —  Tiger Global, the hedge fund known …

Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Filing: shareholders voted against Intel's compensation for its top executives; the vote is advisory and won't immediately affect the compensation of the execs  —  - Intel shareholders voted last week against the company's compensation for its top executives, according to an regulatory filing published on Monday.

Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Report: the real-time bidding industry exposes a person's online activity and location 747 times per day on average in the US and 376 times a day in Europe  —  New data about the real-time-bidding (RTB) system's use of web users' info for tracking and ad targeting, released today …

Theo Francis / Wall Street Journal:
A California judge strikes down a 2018 state law requiring public companies in California to put female directors on their boards, citing it as unconstitutional  —  Decision follows a similar ruling last month on a separate law requiring racial or ethnic diversity on boards

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US DOJ says that Moises Luis Zagala Gonzalez, a cardiologist in Venezuela, created, rented to cybercriminals, and profited from Jigsaw and Thanos ransomware  —  The US Department of Justice today said that Moises Luis Zagala Gonzalez (Zagala), a 55-year-old cardiologist with French …

Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple now lets developers auto-renew users for increased subscription prices once a year as long as the increase doesn't exceed $50 or 50% of the annual price  —  Apple today informed developers that it is implementing a new subscription feature that will allow customers to be charged automatically …

Logs: the alleged Buffalo gunman spoke explicitly in a private Discord server about his plans to carry out and livestream an attack since at least December 2021  —  The accused gunman behind 10 deaths and 3 injuries in Buffalo, New York, over the weekend had spoken explicitly about his plans …

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Metatheory, co-founded by Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin to build games and virtual worlds using blockchain tech like NFTs, raises a $24M Series A led by a16z  —  Twitch cofounder Kevin Lin has created a blockchain game company Metatheory and has raised $24 million for it.

Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Uber unveils a new option to book a bus or a passenger van, a trip itinerary feature for booking rides during an extended trip, event guest vouchers, and more  —  - Uber announced its latest slate of updates Monday ahead of what's expected to be a busy travel and events season.

Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Twitch's takedown of the May 14 mass murder livestream seems to violate Texas' social media law, given that an amendment for terrorism content exceptions failed  —  As you've no doubt heard, on Saturday there was yet another horrific shooting, this one in Buffalo, killing 10 people and wounding more.

Elon Musk says a Twitter deal at a lower price wouldn't be “out of the question”, speaking to a Miami tech conference crowd; Twitter stock closes down 8%+  —  Elon Musk stoked speculation that he could seek to renegotiate his takeover of Twitter Inc., saying a viable deal at a lower price wouldn't be “out of the question.”

Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft tells employees it will nearly double its global budget for merit-based salary bumps and raise its range for annual stock-based compensation by 25%+  —  Microsoft plans to nearly double its global budget for merit-based salary increases, and increase its range for annual stock-based compensation …

Brandon Vigliarolo / The Register:
AAA tests find active driving assist in a Hyundai Santa Fe, a Subaru Forester, and a Tesla Model 3 often fails to prevent hitting cyclists and oncoming cars  —  Still think we're ready for that autonomous future?  —  Autonomous cars may be further away than believed.

Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Analysis: $7.6B of Tether has been withdrawn since Thursday, nearly twice its cash reserves at the end of 2021; Tether also holds $60B+ in “cash-like” assets  —  Figures suggest company has paid out more than total cash on hand, as terra backers prepare relaunch

The more you make a certain upstate NY congressperson famous for pissing off libs, the more popular you make her with her constituents. Sometimes it's better to just stifle.

Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Construction robotics startup Dusty raises a $45M Series B led by Scale at a $250M valuation and says it has deals with construction firms DPR, PARIC, and more  —  Another sizeable funding round for Dusty Robotics this month.  The Bay Area firm announced a $45 million Series B. The round …

Interesting results from yesterday's poll about when life begins. Clearly the poll got spammed by right-to-lifers, many hours after the poll went up, the proportion who said life begins at conception shot up from 10 percent to over 35. A poll like this of course only means what you personally take from it, it has no mathematical significance. It's as if I asked a group of people in a subway car what they think, but the car was only going to my neighborhood.

BTW, speaking of Hover, they took out the killer feature I wrote up in 2019. I read their explanation (sorry can't find it now), it has to do with DNS tech of course, it's why the other guys don't do it either. But it really seemed to work and made my setup a little more flexible, which is something we really look for from DNS. Helps keep our sites working.

I've been using for years, and have a lot of domains parked there, and I wish I could get the list of domains into my outliner easily. I don't need a full API, just a page that lists all my domains in an OPML file. Access it through the browser and save it locally. Read it into my outliner as a file. And then I can do whatever I want. It seems like an easy thing to implement. Not sure how many other people would use it right away, but I bet a bunch would use it once it was available. 😄

For the Knicks, we set our expectations low, and therefore are not disappointed. This is the equivalent of winning the championship. It's just as gratifying.

Twitch did an amazing job, turning off the livestream of the Buffalo shooter in two minutes. The current governor of NY, Kathy Hochul, says that isn't good enough. As usual, NPR completely mangled the story. They should get reporters who have some idea of what livestreaming is before reporting on it.

I've noticed my Spectrum bill inches up a few dollars every month. Not enough to make a stink about but it adds up. I have StarLink now, but haven't mounted the antenna well enough to get good connections, so I can't turn off Spectrum, yet. ;-)

Two Game 7s in the NBA playoffs today. Uncle Davey will be watching TV. The two games mean different things, to me at least. Either way, in the first game, one very deserving team will move forward and another very deserving team will go home. The other game will determine if future Hall of Famer Chris Paul will get another shot at the championship, or if he's forever banished to being a great player who never got there. You get a sense this, at age 37, is his last shot. There's no shame in that, he has lots of company.

It was always possible to edit subscription lists in Drummer, its native format is OPML which is the same format used for subscription lists for RSS applications, but a feature was added and a howto written that makes it easier. You can start with a list exported from your feed reader, or write one from scratch to import into your reader.

Poll: When does life begin?