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July 11, 2018, 7:25 AM

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Washington Post:
UK watchdog gives Facebook a preliminary fine of about $664,000, the maximum allowed, for letting Cambridge Analytica access data about millions of people  —  Facebook is staring down its first fine for allowing Cambridge Analytica to improperly access data about millions of people …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Court filing: former Apple employee Xiaolang Zhang has been charged by the FBI with the alleged theft of trade secrets related to Apple's autonomous car efforts  —  The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation this week charged former Apple employee Xiaolang Zhang with theft of trade secrets …
Adam Fisher / Vanity Fair:
Valley of Genius book excerpt: an oral history of the early days at Google as told by its founders, early employees, advisers, and more  —  A behind-the-scenes account of the most important company on the Internet, from grad-school all-nighters, space tethers, and Burning Man to the …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple confirms it's combining machine learning, artificial intelligence, and Siri teams under John Giannandrea, who was hired from Google earlier this year  —  Apple is creating a new AI/ML team that brings together its Core ML and Siri teams under one leader in John Giannandrea.
Reuters:
Uber's head of human resources Liane Hornsey resigns following probe into how she handled allegations of racial discrimination at the firm  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc's Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey resigned on Tuesday, Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said …
CNNMoney:
Facebook apps from Mail.Ru are being reviewed as part of Facebook's probe into user data misuse; two apps received extension to collect data after policy change  —  Not just another Facebook data scandal  —  A Russian internet company with links to the Kremlin was among the firms …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Instagram adds the questions sticker, a new way to poll your friends  —  Increasing engagement at all costs  —  In October, Instagram added a polling feature to its ephemeral stories.  Today, the company is introducing a new twist on polling with the questions sticker …
Jagmeet Singh / NDTV Gadgets 360:
To combat the spread of fake news on its app, WhatsApp is rolling out “Forwarded” label to indicate when messages have been forwarded to users  —  WhatsApp has started rolling out a feature that will indicate to users which messages they receive were forwarded by as is the sender.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
YouTube begins rolling out incognito mode, which hides search and viewing history, for Android users  —  Earlier this year, both YouTube and YouTube Music began hinting at an “Incognito mode” — similar to Google Chrome's — that disables your watch and search history.
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
EU's biggest TV broadcasters are combining resources to launch streaming video services in countries like UK, France, and Germany to compete against Netflix  —  Old media broadcasters in Germany and France are setting up ambitious joint national video platforms, but do they have what it takes to compete with the streaming giants?
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