Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone private messaging app that replaces the current inbox, in six countries; there is no timeline yet for a global launch (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Casey Newton / The Verge: Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone private messaging app that replaces the current inbox, in six countries; there is no

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Sources: Google to launch Advanced Protection Program marketed at high-profile users that replaces 2-factor auth with physical keys, blocks all third party apps (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg: Sources: Google to launch Advanced Protection Program marketed at high-profile users that replaces 2-factor auth with physical keys, blocks all third party apps  — 

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David Richter, who joined Uber in January 2014, replaces Emil Michael as Uber’s SVP for business, previously served as VP of strategic initiatives (Johana Bhuiyan/Recode)

Johana Bhuiyan / Recode: David Richter, who joined Uber in January 2014, replaces Emil Michael as Uber’s SVP for business, previously served as VP of

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