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July 26, 2018, 5:10 PM

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Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
In a test conducted by the ACLU, Amazon's Rekognition facial recognition tech erroneously matched 28 members of Congress, 6 of them black, to criminal mugshots  —  ACLU: “And running the entire test cost us $12.33—less than a large pizza."  —  The American Civil Liberties Union …
CNBC:
Facebook closes down 19% after the disappointing user numbers and revenue growth projections, losing almost $120B in market value in a day  —  - The company missed projections on key metrics after struggling with data leaks and fake news scandals.  — The stock is flirting with bear market territory …
Bloomberg:
Slack to buy HipChat and Stride products from Atlassian; Slack CEO says Atlassian will make “nominal” but strategically important financial investment  —  Atlassian Corp. is selling its corporate chat software to rival Slack Technologies Inc. and taking a small stake in the startup …
New York Times:
Sources: Robert Mueller wants to question Donald Trump over tweets about Sessions and Comey as part of an obstruction of justice inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — For years, President Trump has used Twitter as his go-to public relations weapon, mounting a barrage of attacks on celebrities …
Ry Crist / CNET:
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Spotify adds 8M paid subscribers in Q2, up 40% YoY, for a total of 83M subscribers and 180M MAUs, with revenue of €1.27B, up 26% YoY, and operating loss of €90M  —  For its second ever earnings report, Spotify said it now has 83 million paid subscribers, up 8 million …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Review of Google Assistant-powered Lenovo Smart Display, the first device to run on Android Things, available July 27 with 8"/10" screens for $199 and $249  —  Google Assistant gets a screen  —  The basic idea behind the new Google-powered Smart Displays that are coming this summer is simple …
Andrew Martonik / Android Central:
Samsung announces it is developing flexible OLED display certified as “unbreakable” by Underwriters Laboratories, that survived 26 4-foot drops  —  This is the direction the industry is heading.  —  Samsung Display has announced that it has developed a truly “unbreakable” …
Bloomberg:
Donald Trump criticizes Twitter for “shadow banning prominent Republicans”, says he will look into what he calls a “discriminatory and illegal practice”  —  Twitter stock extended losses, declining 4 percent in pre-market trading as U.S. President Donald Trump criticized …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Windows Experience Blog:
Microsoft releases Windows 10 test build with Flashlight, to let VR users look at their physical environment, and a predictive model for starting device updates  —  Hello Windows Insiders!  —  Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17723 (RS5) to Windows Insiders …
Reuters:
Qualcomm says it will drop its $44B offer and pay a $2B breakup fee to NXP as the deadline passed with no approval from China  —  SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Reuters) - The deadline for Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) to buy NXP Semiconductors (NXPI.O) passed at midnight U.S. eastern time without any word …

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