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May 23, 2018, 2:45 AM

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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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
In European Parliament, Zuckerberg was barraged with questions on Facebook's power and conduct, but the format let him cherry-pick the ones he wanted to answer  —  Mark Zuckerberg got to cherry-pick the questions he wanted to answer from EU Parliament after it spent an hour taking turns rattling off queries …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI's claim that investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year is inflated; sources say number likely between 1,000-2,000  —  The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the extent of problems posed …
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.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Average tenure of Facebook's top 14 execs is more than 9 years, most have been at Facebook since before its IPO, few top execs have left despite controversies  —  This month was the perfect month to leave Facebook.  —  The social giant, which has been under fire over the past 18 months …
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
Twitter announces it is killing off its apps for Xbox, Roku, and Android TV on May 24  —  Probably for the best  —  Today Twitter announced it is killing off several of its apps, including Twitter for Android TV, Twitter for Roku, and Twitter for Xbox.  —  Twitter for Xbox allowed …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
eMarketer: Starbucks' mobile payment service had 20.7M US users in 2017, over Apple Pay's 19.9M and Google Pay's 9.3M, and is expected to keep outpacing them  —  People really love getting their coffee more quickly.  Starbucks, which has operated its own mobile payments service since 2011 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft shows off how its social chat bot Xiaoice, which is in use across platforms in China, can place phone calls to humans, similar to Google's Duplex  —  Similar to Google Duplex, but only in China  —  Google demonstrated a jaw-dropping new capability in Google Assistant earlier this month …
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Tesla has hired Snap's vice president of monetization engineering, Stuart Bowers, as vice president of engineering  —  Tesla has hired Snap vice president of monetization engineering, Stuart Bowers, to be the electric carmaker's vice president of engineering, people familiar with the matter told Cheddar.
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Sweden-based Amuse, whose music distribution service helps new artists get music on streaming services and keep 100% of the royalties, raises $15.5M Series A  —  Amuse, the Swedish startup that offers a free distribution service for artists wanting to get their music on Spotify, Apple Music et al. …

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