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July 18, 2018, 5:50 AM

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Nick Statt / The Verge:
A reporter posing as a Dublin Facebook moderator found that pages from far-right groups face looser content standards; Facebook vows to improve its training  —  A new documentary details how third-party Facebook moderators ignore the company's rules  —  An investigative journalist …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: Walmart is considering launching a subscription streaming video service that would undercut Netflix and Amazon Prime Video on price  —  Walmart is considering launching a subscription streaming video service to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, people familiar with the situation told The Information.
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google says Nest CEO to exit, sources say after employee revolt; sources: Alphabet tried selling Nest to Amazon; Nest now part of Google's home devices unit  —  Five months after Nest rejoined Google, the search giant told employees Tuesday that Marwan Fawaz will no longer be CEO of Nest …
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Sources: EU's fine over Google's anticompetitive Android practices, coming on Wednesday, will significantly outstrip the €2.4B fine Google received last year  —  Google will be hit by its biggest ever regulatory fine on Wednesday, as Brussels imposes a multibillion-euro penalty …
Joe Fedewa / XDA Developers:
Kim Zetter / Motherboard:
Election Systems and Software contradicts earlier statements, admits to Sen. Wyden some voting systems sold to states from 2000-2006 had remote access feature  —  Remote-access software and modems on election equipment ‘is the worst decision for security short of leaving ballot boxes on a Moscow street corner.’
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Inside OGUSERS, a forum to trade social media and gaming handles, often stolen via “SIM hijacking” where phone numbers are stolen via carrier's customer service  —  Meet the hackers who flip seized Instagram handles and cryptocurrency in a shady, buzzing underground market for stolen accounts and usernames.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour says the firm is pausing work on fixing its verification policy to focus on more important areas like election integrity  —  The company will return to the issue over the coming weeks and months  —  Twitter doesn't presently “have the bandwidth” …
Patricia Hernandez / The Verge:
Twitch streamers describe the sometimes psychologically taxing nature of broadcasting to no one and trying to get noticed to start building an audience  —  Looking for connections in 2018  —  When John Hopstead first descended into the virtual world of Dark Souls in 2013, his mission was to save a decaying world.
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Consortium backed by AMD, NVIDIA, Microsoft, Oculus, and Valve announces VirtualLink spec for connecting next-gen VR headsets via single USB Type-C cable  —  While PC VR headsets are fun, no one has especially enjoyed the number of cables required to hook one up.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tinder says it will begin testing Bitmoji integration in Canada and Mexico using the recently launched Snap Kit  —  Tinder will begin testing Bitmoji in its app in Canada and Mexico, the company announced today.  The new integration comes courtesy of the recently launched Snap Kit …
Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Interview with Jim Keller, a microprocessor engineer known for his work at AMD and Apple, on his work heading up the Silicon Engineering Group at Intel  —  In the past, we've mentioned that in the semiconductor industry there are a few individuals that are more than worthy of the term ‘rockstar’.

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