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July 25, 2018, 10:35 AM

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Facebook CSO Alex Stamos told peers in memo about his departure to “intentionally not collect data where possible” and be willing to pick sides on moral issues  —  In March, days after confirming his plans to leave the company, Facebook's highest-ranking security official implored …
Phil LeBeau / CNBC:
Waymo partners with Walmart, AutoNation, Avis, and others to ferry their customers to various locations in Phoenix, Arizona  —  Waymo, the Alphabet company that spun out of Google's former self-driving car division, is partnering with some of the country's largest companies to expand how many people ride in its self-driving vehicles.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Steam is rolling out Steam Chat, its new text and voice features that compete with gaming chat app Discord, to all users  —  In a bid to keep Discord from dominating the social space around PC gaming  —  Steam has begun rolling out its new text and voice features, as well as its updated friends list, to all users beginning today.
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Source: Chinese government has withdrawn its approval for Facebook's new subsidiary in the country  —  SHANGHAI — For Facebook, success in China was brief.  Very brief.  —  For several hours, a Chinese government database showed that Facebook had gained approval to open a subsidiary in the eastern province of Zhejiang.
More: BBC, Telegraph, and Axios
Cate Cadell / Reuters:
Facebook set up subsidiary in China with registered capital of $30M; when asked, it said they are interested in setting up an innovation hub to support startups  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Facebook has set up a subsidiary in China with registered capital of $30 million, according …
Dan Ackerman / CNET:
Apple issues a fix for 2018 MacBook Pro CPU throttling/thermal management issues via macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update  —  Apple has been catching heat over the performance of its new MacBook Pro laptops, but the company hopes a new software update will cool off outraged power users.
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
G Suite adds Grammar Suggestions in Google Docs, voice commands to Hangouts Meet hardware customers, and its Smart Reply feature to Hangouts Chat  —  At the Google Cloud Next conference, Google debuted several new capabilities for the productivity suite, which now has more than 4 million customers.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Grubhub to acquire Boston-based LevelUp, which offers a platform to manage digital ordering, payments and loyalty, for $390M in cash  —  Grubhub announced this morning that it's agreed to acquire LevelUp for $390 million cash.  —  Founder and CEO Matt Maloney told me that while previous Grubhub acquisitions …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Chrome 68, rolling out today, shows a “not secure” warning for any HTTP website; in October the warning's color will change to red  —  Three and a half years ago, Google predicted the day would come when Chrome would warn us all of the security risks of using the web's seminal HTTP technology …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Washington AG says Facebook signed legal agreement to change ad platform so third parties can't discriminate based on ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation  —  The agreement with Washington state forces Facebook to make nationwide changes  —  Facebook has signed a new …
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Uber begins putting self-driving cars back on public roads in Pittsburgh, but only in non-autonomous mode and driven manually by humans  —  Uber is putting its autonomous vehicles back on Pittsburgh's city streets, four months after a fatal accident involving one of its self-driving cars prompted …

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