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December 7, 2018, 10:00 AM

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Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
Microsoft steps up calls for regulation of facial recognition tech; research group AI Now stresses urgency for companies to open their AI algorithms to auditing  —  AFTER A HELLISH year of tech scandals, even government-averse executives have started professing their openness to legislation.
Jackson Ryan / CNET:
DeepMind's new AI program, AlphaZero, taught itself to play and beat the world's best AI in three different board games: chess, shogi, and Go  —  Humans have mostly accepted that they will never be as good at chess as the robots, but now even the robots have to accept they will never be as good as other robots.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it will rebuild Edge to run on Google's open source Chromium project and will make it available on macOS, Windows 7, and Windows 8  —  A Chromium version of Edge will also arrive on Windows 7 and Windows 8  —  Microsoft is announcing some significant changes to its Edge browser today.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
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Google launches a personalized audio news feed on Google Assistant using Google News, rolling out to some users in the US in English  —  For the past century, radio has been a one-size-fits-all medium.  Turn on the radio and you're dropped into a show at a moment in time …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
FTC's Consumer Protection Bureau head cannot participate in investigations involving 120 companies like Facebook, Equifax, Uber, due to conflict of interest  —  The list of 120 includes Uber, Twitter, and Equifax  —  The Federal Trade Commission's top consumer protection official is prohibited …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Since implementing its own screen time tracking tools in iOS 12, Apple has removed some 3rd-party trackers and parental control apps from the App Store  —  A number of app developers building third-party screen time trackers and parental control applications are worried that Apple's increased scrutiny …
Vibhuti Sharma / Reuters:
IBM to sell seven of its software products, including Notes, Domino, BigFix, and Unica, to India-based IT services company HCL for $1.8B  —  (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) said on Thursday it will sell some of its software products business to Indian software services …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 8cx, an “extreme” processor for Windows laptops that it says is the first 7nm chip for a PC platform  —  Could Qualcomm replace Intel in your next Windows PC?  —  The “X” stands for “extreme.”  That's what Qualcomm's marketing department wants you to think about the new Snapdragon 8cx.
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