I hope everyone got some Easter eggs yesterday, but here are some more for anyone who didn't get enough, or prefers the software kind to the dyed or plastic ones.
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When mass violence breaks out, world leaders are increasingly looking to find the off switch for the internet, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Why it matters: Shutting down part or all of the internet has its appeal, but some experts argue that such heavy-handed reaction could unintentionally make the problems worse instead.
Driving the news: Sri Lankan officials have temporarily blocked social media and messaging apps in the country to curtail the spread of fake news after multiple bombings killed hundreds of people on Easter Sunday.
Yes, but: Experts worry that by taking strong measures to disconnect the internet, leaders could be making the situation worse for a few reasons.
Other research shows that blocking social networks can actually result in an increase in violence.
The big picture: A pattern is emerging separating countries that outright shut down or censor networks from those that vow to pass tougher laws.
In large democratic nations, strong measures to regulate social media and messaging apps have emerged in the wake of violence, but there haven't been any efforts to outright block networks.
But in other countries, particularly developing nations where social media and messaging apps have become synonymous with the internet, leaders are rushing to stop the spread of hate speech by shutting off networks altogether, usually temporarily.
Go deeper: Sara has more here.
Carole Cadwalladr. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED
For Big Tech, TED is usually a friendly place. Companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft have used past conferences to show off new advances, while executives from those companies mingle with leaders from finance and government.
Context: In years past, despite some skepticism about the future of robots and artificial intelligence, the large companies themselves have generally enjoyed a warm reception. This year, though, things got decidedly chillier at TED 2019, which ended Friday.
Driving the news:
The bottom line: Even the elites think it's time for action, not talk, from social media companies.
Microsoft made headlines last week after Quartz reported that some inside the company have been questioning the value of diversity efforts.
What's happening: In posts to an internal discussion forum, according to Quartz, a female program manager at Microsoft knocked the company for a policy she says "financially incentivizes discriminatory hiring practices," adding that she's referring to incentives given to senior management for hiring those who aren't Asian or white men.
Why it matters: While most large tech companies work to boost the presence of female, black or Latinx employees, there are some who say this amounts to a different kind of discrimination.
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The CIA is warning Britain about its use of Huawei's technology to develop a 5G network after it was found that the Chinese telecom company accepted money from varying branches of Beijing's state intelligence network, The Times reports.
Why this matters: This allegation directly links the world's largest telecom equipment manufacturer to the Chinese state, per The Times.
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