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February 25, 2019, 2:30 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Interviews with Facebook content moderation contractors in US show they make ~$28K/year, some develop PTSD, and a few are even radicalized by what they see  —  The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America  —  She spent the past three and a half weeks in training …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
The SD Association unveils microSD Express format for mobile with data transfer speeds of up to 985 MB/s, lower power consumption, and backwards compatibility  —  The SD Association has unveiled microSD Express, a new format that will bring speeds of up to 985 Mb/s to the tiny memory cards used in smartphones and other devices.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Sprint says it will launch its 5G network in May, starting in four US cities, and that the 5G network will be part of Google Fi and not use millimeter wave tech  —  Sprint plans to launch its 5G network this May, starting in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Kansas City.
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority:
Google says it is bringing Assistant to Android Messages and it will utilize on-device AI so that no conversations will be sent to Google  —  The Google Assistant is everywhere.  To access it on your Android phone, you can either long-press your phone's home button, use the “Okay, Google” …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Sony unveils 6.5-inch Xperia 1 with a cinematic 21:9 4K HDR OLED display, Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, triple 12MP cameras, and a 3,330mAH battery  —  The tall phones are coming  —  Sony has long struggled to get its phones noticed in the sea of top-tier Android devices, so at MWC 2019 …
The Keyword:
Google says Android One activations grew 250% YoY, 50%+ of new entry-level Android devices are Android Go, and Digital Wellbeing tools are coming to more phones  —  Android's mission has always been to work closely with a broad and open ecosystem of partners to push the boundaries of hardware and software …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Azure Kinect, a new depth-sensing camera for enterprises that uses Azure cloud; pre-orders for the dev kit are open now for $399 in China, US  —  It's for developers to build AI algorithms  —  Kinect originally debuted as an Xbox 360 accessory for motion sensing so you could control games with your hands or body.
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Frank Chen / Andreessen Horowitz:
Real-world examples of how AI can augment human powers, help us be more creative, make better decisions, be safer, understand others better, and more  —  This is a written version of a presentation I gave live at the a16z Summit in November 2018.  You can watch a video version on YouTube.
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
LG's 6.1" G8 ThinQ has a speaker embedded in the screen and a front camera that scans the user's palm to unlock and enables non-touch mid-air gesture controls  —  A palm scanner?  AirMotion gestures?  What's going on here?  —  Once upon a time, a few years ago, LG came to Mobile World Congress …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:

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