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August 30, 2018, 9:25 AM

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Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Apple confirms it has acquired Akonia Holographics, a Colorado-based startup that is making lenses for smart glasses  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has acquired a startup focused on making lenses for augmented reality glasses, the company confirmed on Wednesday, a signal Apple has ambitions …
BuzzFeed News:
Trump tweets video claiming Google didn't promote his State of the Union address on its homepage; Google says it did, confirmed by screenshot posted on Reddit  —  “Google promoted president Obama's State of the Union on its homepage.  When President Trump took office, Google stopped," a video shared by Trump falsely claimed.
Will Oremus / Slate:
Twitter confirms that it ran a limited test for a feature that recommended accounts to unfollow that users rarely engage with  —  A well-established feature of Twitter is “Who to Follow.”  Drawing on data about what accounts you follow and interact with, Twitter's software automatically recommends …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Google's Titan Security Key set, including a USB key, a Bluetooth key, and various connectors, is now available to all for $50, shipping immediately  —  Google's Titan Security Key is finally available to anyone who wants one.  The two-factor token went live today in the Google store …
William Denniss / Google Cloud Blog:
Google to hand over operational control of the Kubernetes project to its community and donates $9M in Google Cloud credits to Cloud Native Computing Foundation  —  Kubernetes, the container orchestrator created and open-sourced here at Google, has experienced incredible development and adoption since it was introduced in 2014.
Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg:
Sources: Uber has begun engineering its own scooter, a project that is being overseen by Jump Bikes, which Uber acquired in April for more than $100M  —  The company is playing catch-up in a market already flush with billion-dollar startups.  —  This spring, Uber moved into a cavernous brick building …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Sonos says it will open its developer program to all partners on September 6, opening the door to audio notifications and more  —  The company is opening its developer program to all in September  —  Alongside the announcement of its brand new Sonos Amp today, Sonos has also revealed an expansion of its developer program.
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
A look at the recent $100M+ acquisitions of direct-to-consumer startups, including MVMT and Native, that raised little to no venture capital  —  A new breed of entrepreneurs is creating huge consumer brands — like MVMT and Tuft & Needle — without venture capital, and laughing all the way to the bank.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Q&A with five experts on whether it is time to regulate facial recognition technology and its usage by police, and what needs to be done to overcome racial bias  —  Facial recognition is everywhere — airports, police stations, and built into the largest cloud platforms in the world …

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