July 19, 2018, 2:55 PM

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Sources give more details on Google's Fuchsia OS, which now has 100+ engineers working on it and aims to underpin all Google's gadgets from IoT to Pixel  —  - More than 100 engineers are working on skunkworks Fuchsia OS  — New software could replace current systems in next five years
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Leaked internal Apple document states that 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard includes a membrane to prevent debris from entering butterfly key mechanism  —  In an internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers, obtained by MacRumors from multiple reliable sources …
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Siri cofounder Tom Gruber and Apple's head of search Vipul Ved Prakash have left the company after John Giannandrea was named as the leader of the Siri Group  —  Tom Gruber, one of the original Siri cofounders, has left Apple, where he was recently the head of Siri's Advanced Development group …
Alex Davies / Wired:
Alphabet's Loon signs its first commercial agreement to work with Telkom Kenya to provide internet in central Kenya starting next year  —  IT'S BEEN A big week for Loon.  Just eight days ago, it was one of Alphabet's moonshot projects, launching antennas attached to giant balloons into the stratosphere to beam internet down to Earth.
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Mark Zuckerberg clarifies his comments about Holocaust deniers on Facebook: “I absolutely didn't intend to defend the intent of people who deny that”  —  The Facebook founder has attracted controversy for how the social network deals with content that is offensive to many, such as Holocaust denying.
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it will begin proactively locking accounts of those under 13 on Instagram and Facebook, after report showed relaxed attitude by moderators  —  Facebook and Instagram will more proactively lock the accounts of users its moderators suspect are below the age of 13.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon quietly rolls out “Part Finder”, which uses computer vision to let users identify screws, nuts, bolts, and more, for iOS users  —  Got an odd screw, nut, bolt, washer or fastener you need to buy more of, but have no idea to how to find the right one?  Amazon's “Part Finder” can help.
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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Investigation shows Google Home and Alexa struggle to understand Indian, Chinese, and Spanish accents compared to accents from across America  —  THE ACCENT GAP  —  We tested Amazon's Alexa and Google's Home to see how people with accents are getting left behind in the smart-speaker revolution.
Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:
Intelligent budgeting app Even raises $40M Series B led by Khosla Ventures, bringing total raised to $50.5M  —  The working class of the United States doesn't get many breaks these days.  It's not just a function of low pay and long hours, but also the incredible uncertainty of income …
More: Forbes, Bloomberg, and PE Hub BlogThanks:@drs650
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Uber's head of strategic finance, Prabir Adarkar, leaves to be the new CFO of DoorDash as Uber's three-year search for a CFO continues ahead of next year's IPO  —  Food delivery startup DoorDash Inc. named Prabir Adarkar as chief financial officer, poaching the most senior leader of Uber Technologies Inc.'s finance department.
More: Axios and FortuneThanks:@mgoldman88
Celia Wan / Crunchbase News:
Baidu-owned online education startup Zuoyebang, which lets students upload homework and find solutions, raises $350M Series D led by Coatue Management  —  Baidu-owned education startup Zuoyebang just raised a $350 million Series D led by Coatue Management.  Participating investors include …
Eric Geller / Politico:
Survey of election security in 50 US states shows vulnerabilities persist ahead of midterms as only 13 of 40 respondents said they would buy new voting machines  —  Most states aren't planning to use federal funds to make major election upgrades before November.

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