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May 23, 2016, 8:15 PM

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ProPublica:
Crime prediction software, increasingly used to guide sentencing in US, found to be biased against black defendants in study of 7K cases  —  There's software used across the country to predict future criminals.  And it's biased against blacks.  —  ON A SPRING AFTERNOON IN 2014 …
Colin Stretch / Facebook:
Facebook responds to GOP Sen. Thune on Trending Topics, says investigation found no systematic bias, cannot rule out unintentional bias, plans improvements  —  Last week we met with Chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee John Thune to describe our investigation in response …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Spotify family plan is now cheaper, $14.99 for up to 6 people  —  Spotify is catching up with the competition when it comes to family plans.  Like Apple Music and Google Play Music, families can now subscribe to Spotify Premium for $14.99 per month and get six different Spotify accounts and profiles.
Emanuel Maiberg / Motherboard:
Libre VR, creator of Revive tool used to play Oculus games on Vive headsets, circumvents Oculus' new DRM in under 24 hours, making it easier to pirate games  —  It's been a little bit over a day since Oculus started rolling out new DRM for its software, but it's already backfired, making pirating the company's games easier than ever.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Facebook buys VR audio company Two Big Ears and debuts “Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation”, a free software suite for designing spatial audio  —  Today Facebook announced it's acquired Two Big Ears, a spatial audio technology company, for an undisclosed sum.
Scott Cendrowski / Fortune:
Xiaomi revenue for 2015 reached 78B yuan, only a 5% rise from 2014's 74.3B yuan  —  Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker and second highest-valued startup in the world at $45 billion, barely grew sales at all last year.  —  Revenue for 2015 reached 78 billion yuan ($12.5 billion) …
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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
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