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June 19, 2019, 10:05 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Interviews with 12 former and current Facebook content moderators in Tampa, three on the record, describing appalling working conditions and, for some, PTSD  —  At Facebook's worst-performing content moderation site in North America, one contractor has died, and others say they fear for their lives
Washington Post:
Sources: after complaints about privacy practices around children's videos on YouTube, FTC is in late stages of a probe, causing YouTube to rethink its strategy  —  The U.S. government is in the late stages of an investigation into YouTube for its handling of children's videos …
Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: YouTube is considering far-reaching changes to protect kids, including moving all children's content to the YouTube Kids app and turning off autoplay  —  Executives consider shifting children's content to a separate app, removing auto-play feature in an effort to protect young viewers
Pete Schroeder / Reuters:
Senate panel says it will hold a hearing on Facebook's Libra on July 16; source: David Marcus, who leads Facebook's blockchain efforts, is expected to testify  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee will discuss Facebook's proposed cryptocurrency at a July 16 hearing, the panel announced Wednesday.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
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Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Google rolls out Private Join and Compute, a tool that lets organizations gain insights about other parties' confidential data, as an open source project  —  CERTAIN STUDIES REQUIRE sensitive data sets: the relationship between nutritious school lunch and student health, the effectiveness of salary equity initiatives, and so on.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
London-based Kano, which makes hardware to teach younger people about computing and coding, partners with Microsoft and launches a £300 11.6" touchscreen laptop  —  Kano, the London-based startup that builds hardware designed to teach younger people about computing and coding …
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
Fresno-based Bitwise Industries, which offers training for devs, says it has raised a $27M Series A, one of the largest ever by a Latinx female-led company  —  Four years ago, my wife, Deb, and I wrote about an ambitious and unusual tech startup called Bitwise Industries …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Quibi says it has booked more than $100M in ad sales with launch partners including Google, P&G, PepsiCo, Walmart, and Anheuser-Busch, ahead of April 2020 debut  —  Quibi, the ambitious short-form video venture from Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman, has sold $100 million …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
New Kindle Oasis adds color temperature adjustment for night reading, goes on sale on July 24 starting at $249.99, with preorders open today  —  Amazon's top-tier e-reader gets a new feature  —  Amazon has a new version of its high-end Kindle Oasis, and it's adding the ability to change …
Sarah Emerson / VICE:NEW
Some Twitter users receiving notifications whenever someone unfollows them, falsely saying the user “followed them back”; Twitter says it's working on a bug fix  —  Twitter is telling people when someone has unfollowed them.  —  For several days, untold numbers of Twitter users …
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Zoho:
The all-new Zoho Recruit: better processes, better sourcing, and better hires  —  Zoho Recruit turns 10 this year, and we are dedicating this special milestone to our huge family of happy recruiters.
Microsoft Edge:
Download the latest preview builds  —  Try out the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge and catch a glimpse of what's next.
Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.

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