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June 27, 2018, 11:05 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.
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google opens its human-sounding Duplex AI to a small group of “trusted testers” and businesses that have opted in to receiving calls from Duplex  —  Google is moving ahead with Duplex, the stunningly human-sounding artificial intelligence software behind its new automated system …
Mallory Locklear / Engadget:
Twitter adds support for login verification through physical USB security keys, such as YubiKey, as a part of two-factor authentication process  —  Twitter announced today that you can now use a USB security key, such as Yubikey, as part of the two-factor authentication process.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.

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