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May 22, 2018, 12:10 PM

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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Civil rights groups concerned as FOIA request shows cities' law enforcement adopted Amazon's Rekognition facial recognition tech without prior public discourse  —  Amazon has been providing facial recognition tools to law enforcement agencies in Oregon and Orlando for only a few dollars a month …
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:
Instagram is rolling out a new feature that allows users to mute others in their feed without having to unfollow them  —  Instagram just announced a desperately needed feature: a mute button. … Previously, it was possible to mute someone's Stories (tap and hold their profile icon), but not their photos in your main feed.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: US and China reach broad outline of a deal to settle ZTE controversy that would lift US sales ban in exchange for major management changes and fines  —  Deal would lift the ban on U.S. companies selling components and software to ZTE  —  The U.S. and China have agreed on the broad outline …
Politico:
Sources: Trump has rebuffed efforts to improve security around his phone use, has gone as long as five months without having phone checked by security experts  —  The president has kept features at risk for hacking and resisted efforts by staff to inspect the phones he uses for tweeting.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft and Google disclose Speculative Store Bypass CPU flaw that exploits speculative execution and is similar to Spectre and Meltdown  —  New firmware updates are on the way  —  Microsoft and Google are jointly disclosing a new CPU security vulnerability that's similar to the Meltdown …
Will Oremus / Slate:
The scandals around LocationSmart and Securus, dealers of millions of Americans' real-time cell location data, should be a bigger deal than Cambridge Analytica  —  Wireless carriers are sharing your real-time location with shady third parties—and a bug lets anyone use that data to track you.
Nico Grant / Bloomberg:
Adobe announces $1.68B deal to buy e-commerce platform Magento Commerce alongside a $8B common stock buyback program through 2021  —  - Company also announces $8 billion share repurchase plan  — Acquisition will help it compete against Salesforce, Oracle
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram is testing a mid-feed alert that tells users they are caught up on all new posts from the past 48 hours  —  Without a chronological feed, it can be tough to tell if you've seen all the posts Instagram will show you.  That can lead to more of the compulsive, passive …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
London-based Realeyes, which uses AI and a front-facing camera to read viewers' emotions, raises $16.2M Series A led by Draper Esprit  —  One of the more interesting applications of AI to the world of advertising and marketing has been in how it's being used to help measure and ultimately shape campaigns.
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Kashmir Hill / Gizmodo:
Inside WhiteBoxDating, the “wordpress for dating” catering to any niche, comes pre-loaded with many fake “users”, and is home to Trump.dating, NeverTrump.dating  —  Earlier this year, the media got very excited about Trump.dating, a site for the pro-Donald set that promised to “make dating great again.”
Todd Spangler / Variety:
American Customer Satisfaction Index: customer satisfaction of streaming video services is 75% on average, far better than cable, satellite, telco TV rivals  —  U.S. cable and satellite TV sector falls to 11-year low on ACSI's index  —  This won't come as a huge shock …
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
Epic Games, maker of popular Fortnite, commits $100M over next 12 months to prize pools for the game's competitions, dwarfing other games' esports prize money  —  Epic Games had $100 million burning a hole in its proverbial pocket, and the company has decided to use that cash to begin building …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Photos is adding a new star-shaped Favorites button for your own photos starting today, and a heart-shaped Like button coming next week for shared photos  —  Twitter swapped out its Favorite star icon for an appreciation-focused heart icon instead, but Google Photos is embracing both icons with an update rolling out now.

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TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Clearbanc co-founder and president Michele Romanow is coming to Disrupt SF  —  Raising venture capital isn't easy; for some, it's impossible.  Clearbanc offers startups a fundraising alternative …
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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