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August 28, 2018, 4:00 PM

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Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Trump accuses Google of rigging its search results to suppress positive news about him and tweets the situation “will be addressed”  —  President Trump's first tweet of the day, sent at 5:24am local time, has accused Google of rigging search results against conservatives.
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Following Trump's tweets about alleged prejudice, Google releases statement saying it doesn't “bias our results toward any political ideology”  —  - Trump says in a tweet that Google's search engine had “rigged” news story search results to show mostly “bad” stories about him and other conservatives.
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
14 organizations including Amnesty International, EFF, and Committee to Protect Journalists tell Google to cancel its censored Chinese search engine project  —  Leading human rights groups are calling on Google to cancel its plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China …
Rachel King / Fortune:
Instagram announces updates aimed at improving security: more info on accounts, like creation date; ability to apply to be verified; and 2FA support  —  Facebook often finds itself as the target these days when it comes to problems with security and privacy on social media.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Yahoo's Oath has been pitching advertisers on a service that analyzes its 200M+ Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail inboxes; source says practice began 10+ years ago  —  Web giant analyzes more than 200 million inboxes for clues about what products people might buy—a practice much of Silicon Valley has declared off-limits
Ryan Felton / Jalopnik:
Report: Waymo's autonomous vans struggle to smoothly perform rather mundane driving tasks, often slowing or stopping at odd times, risking fender benders  —  If the autonomous revolution ever arrives, it's almost certain that self-driving cars will drive with an over-abundance of caution …
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Bose announces a $400 smart speaker and two soundbars, for $550 and $800, all with Alexa voice support, coming in October  —  One of them has a screen for showing you album art  —  Bose has just announced a $300 home smart speaker and two soundbars that will be available in October.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it removed a further 486 accounts for engaging in “coordinated manipulation”, following the removal of 284 last week  —  Following last week's suspension of 284 accounts for “engaging in coordinated manipulation,” Twitter announced today that it's kicked …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Google Go search app for emerging markets can now read out website content in any of its 28 supported languages  —  The search giant announced changes to its Tez payment service, and it has also introduced a subtle AI-powered feature for its Google Go search app: website reading.
Matt Southern / Search Engine Journal:
DuckDuckGo, which has been profitable since 2014, raises $10M from OMERS, one of Canada's largest pension funds  —  DuckDuckGo is receiving a US$10-million investment through a partnership with OMERS to help the search engine continue expanding its privacy protection worldwide.
Sean Keane / CNET:
Google search now highlights veteran-led businesses and matches veterans searching for job listings with roles that suit their skills  —  Google is giving US veterans find jobs that fit the skills they learned in the military, and highlighting veteran-led businesses in searches.
Erica E. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
Retail logistics software startup Narvar raises $30M Series C led by Accel, with participation from Salesforce and others, bringing total raised to $64M  —  Investment will back development of e-commerce software as retailers look to improve consumer online experience

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