SCOTUS to hear Google privacy settlement dispute, potentially ending class action settlements that pay charities and other 3rd-parties instead of those affected (Andrew Chung/Reuters)

Andrew Chung / Reuters: SCOTUS to hear Google privacy settlement dispute, potentially ending class action settlements that pay charities and other 3rd-parties instead of those affected  —  (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an internet privacy case involving Google that could put the brakes … from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2Kt8RGK

Chinese govt-backed surveillance projects deploy headgear units across industries that detect swings in emotional states of employees by monitoring brainwaves (Stephen Chen/South China Morning Post)

Stephen Chen / South China Morning Post: Chinese govt-backed surveillance projects deploy headgear units across industries that detect swings in emotional states of employees by monitoring brainwaves  —  Government-backed surveillance projects are deploying brain-reading technology to detect changes in emotional states in employees … from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2HEGZ52

PUBG maker Bluehole says Chinese police arrested 15 people and fined them a total of $5.1M for making and selling cheating programs, some containing trojans (Shabana Arif/IGN)

Shabana Arif / IGN: PUBG maker Bluehole says Chinese police arrested 15 people and fined them a total of $5.1M for making and selling cheating programs, some containing trojans  —  Hackers have put themselves at risk for the sake of a chicken dinner.  —  In an update on its latest anti-cheat efforts … from Techmeme… Read More PUBG maker Bluehole says Chinese police arrested 15 people and fined them a total of $5.1M for making and selling cheating programs, some containing trojans (Shabana Arif/IGN)

Ex-SoFi CEO Mike Cagney, who resigned after harassment allegations, raises $50M for Figure, which plans to use blockchain to quickly approve home-equity loans (Selina Wang/Bloomberg)

Selina Wang / Bloomberg: Ex-SoFi CEO Mike Cagney, who resigned after harassment allegations, raises $50M for Figure, which plans to use blockchain to quickly approve home-equity loans  —  Cagney has raised $50 million and lined up two global banks  —  The blockchain will help expedite loan approvals in minutes from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2rbMw8E

Fitbit to use Google’s new Cloud Healthcare API to make its data available to doctors, allowing them to regularly monitor devices (Brian Heater/TechCrunch)

Brian Heater / TechCrunch: Fitbit to use Google’s new Cloud Healthcare API to make its data available to doctors, allowing them to regularly monitor devices  —  Fitbit this morning announced plans to utilize Google’s new Cloud Healthcare API, in order to continue its push into the world of serious healthcare devices. from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2vXRquO

Charlie Kindel, a Microsoft veteran who joined Amazon five years ago and founded the Alexa Smart Home division, is leaving the company to take a break and relax (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Charlie Kindel, a Microsoft veteran who joined Amazon five years ago and founded the Alexa Smart Home division, is leaving the company to take a break and relax  —  Tech Moves covers notable hires, promotions and personnel changes in the Pacific NW tech community.  Submissions: tips@geekwire.com from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2Kq57Wx

Google and NBC to make 10+ multi-episode VR productions to run alongside NBC’s core programming; users can watch on YouTube or in VR on Cardboard, Daydream View (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Google and NBC to make 10+ multi-episode VR productions to run alongside NBC’s core programming; users can watch on YouTube or in VR on Cardboard, Daydream View  —  Virtual reality has yet to hit the big time with the vast majority of consumers — headset sales are still in the single-digit… Read More Google and NBC to make 10+ multi-episode VR productions to run alongside NBC’s core programming; users can watch on YouTube or in VR on Cardboard, Daydream View (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Samsung announces 128GB/256GB models for Galaxy S9/S9+ to be available from Samsung.com in US, preorders starting May 1, after the flagships launched with 64GB (Joe Maring/Android Central)

Joe Maring / Android Central: Samsung announces 128GB/256GB models for Galaxy S9/S9+ to be available from Samsung.com in US, preorders starting May 1, after the flagships launched with 64GB  —  Both variants will be sold exclusively through Samsung.com.  —  The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are great smartphones … from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2JC5exi

Andra Capital raises $500M for Ethereum-based token called Silicon Valley Coin that investors can use to back a group of late-stage VC firms; summer ICO planned (Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss/Reuters)

Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss / Reuters: Andra Capital raises $500M for Ethereum-based token called Silicon Valley Coin that investors can use to back a group of late-stage VC firms; summer ICO planned  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) – Andra Capital, a U.S. technology fund, has raised $500 million in funding for a new digital currency … from Techmeme… Read More Andra Capital raises $500M for Ethereum-based token called Silicon Valley Coin that investors can use to back a group of late-stage VC firms; summer ICO planned (Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss/Reuters)

Oculus is developing a new kind of VR theater experience where live actors in motion capture suits can perform around users, tentatively slated for next year (Joan E. Solsman/CNET)

Joan E. Solsman / CNET: Oculus is developing a new kind of VR theater experience where live actors in motion capture suits can perform around users, tentatively slated for next year  —  Oculus is inventing a new kind of VR experience, coming next year, that brings a virtual play with live actors into your home.… Read More Oculus is developing a new kind of VR theater experience where live actors in motion capture suits can perform around users, tentatively slated for next year (Joan E. Solsman/CNET)