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June 27, 2018, 8:00 AM

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Sridhar Ramaswamy / The Keyword:
Google rebrands AdWords as Google Ads, consolidates enterprise tools as Google Marketing Platform, and unifies publisher monetization tools as Google Ad Manager  —  We launched AdWords nearly 18 years ago with a simple goal—to make it easier for people to connect online with businesses.
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
Twitter to require email or phone number confirmation for new accounts, use AI to take action on spammy accounts, add warning on accounts behaving suspiciously  —  - Platform will require new accounts to confirm email or phone  — Twitter will place warning sign on suspicious accounts
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Microsoft says it has improved its facial recognition tech to work better with all skin tones, reducing error rates by up to 20 times for people of darker skin  —  Microsoft still has a contract with ICE to use its facial recognition technology  —  Microsoft says its facial recognition tools …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook now allows some preapproved advertisers to promote crypto businesses and services, like exchanges, but ads for ICOs and binary options are still banned  —  Advertisers will need to apply, but ICO ads are still banned.  —  Facebook is reversing its ban on cryptocurrency advertisements …
Rob Price / INSIDER:
Facebook stops building drones that would have provided wireless internet to the developing world, will instead focus on developing underlying technology  —  - The revelation comes after Business Insider reported on upheaval at the Aquila project, including the departure of its leader and a planned redesign.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Maps rolls out an Explore tab to clue users in on what's happening nearby, a “For you” tab for restaurant recs, and the ability to follow neighborhoods  —  At its I/O developer conference last month, Google previewed a major update to Google Maps that promised …
Mario Tomás Serrafero / XDA Developers:
Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 632, Snapdragon 439 and Snapdragon 429 systems on a chip for mobiles, expects them to appear in devices in the second half of year  —  For a few years now, we've seen affordable phones become competitive options that are able to satisfy the needs of more and more customers.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram now lets users have a four-way group video chat as they browse, after announcing the feature at F8 in May  —  Instagram's latest assault on Snapchat, FaceTime, and Houseparty launches today.  TechCrunch scooped back in March that Instagram would launch video calling …
Kashmir Hill / Gizmodo:
California has until Thursday to pass a privacy bill; if not, a stronger version will likely show up on state ballot in November, leading lawmakers to scramble  —  Recent headlines have suggested that California lawmakers are considering a bill that would give Californians “unprecedented control over their data.”

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