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March 27, 2019, 5:50 PM

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Motherboard:
Facebook says it will ban white nationalist and white separatist content, pointing users to nonprofits, after initially only banning white supremacist content  —  After a civil rights backlash, Facebook will now treat white nationalism and separatism the same as white supremacy …
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
Apple says it is “sorry” that a “small number of users” are still experiencing issues with third-generation butterfly keyboards in newer MacBooks  —  Nop, I havn'tt fogottttn how tto witt.  No did my ditto go on vacattion.  —  You s, tto sha tth pain of using …
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Three pioneers of AI, Geoffrey Hinton, Yann LeCun, and Yoshua Bengio, win the $1M Turing Award for their work on neural networks  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In 2004, Geoffrey Hinton doubled down on his pursuit of a technological idea called a neural network.  —  It was a way for machines …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Memo: Microsoft's marketing chief Chris Capossela tells employees not to engage in any public-facing April Fool's Day pranks because of “unwanted news cycles”  —  No Clippy pranks this year  —  Everyone hates April Fools' Day, and Microsoft is taking a stand against its own corporate pranks.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
FTC says it has shut down and settled lawsuits with four robocalling companies responsible for “billions” of US calls  —  Four “robocalling” companies, including an operation that allegedly scammed businesses by pretending to be Google, have shut down and settled lawsuits with the Federal Trade Commission.
Reuters:
Sources: Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun is seeking to sell Grindr, the popular gay dating app, after a US govt panel raised concerns about its ownership  —  (Reuters) - Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd is seeking to sell Grindr LLC, the popular gay dating app it has owned since 2016 …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Spotify says it will begin to personalize some of its human-curated playlists  —  Spotify is starting to algorithmically personalize some of its curated playlists, making a major change to how people discover music on the streaming service.  —  Spotify is already known for having …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Jules Wang / Android Police:
Google Podcasts is auto-transcribing podcast episodes and using those transcripts as metadata to help listeners search for shows  —  Google Podcasts is now automatically generating transcripts of episodes and is using them as metadata to help listeners search for shows, even if they don't know the title or when it was published.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Mailchimp acqui-hired Shopify competitor LemonStand, which said on March 5 it was shutting down, in February; Mailchimp says deal unrelated to Shopify breakup  —  Here's an interesting twist on the story from last week about the break-up between Shopify and Mailchimp, after the two said they were at odds …
Gregory Barber / Wired:
How a Kentucky startup is using AI on health records from insurers to help identify women at risk of preterm births, the leading cause of infant death in the US  —  EMILY PICKETT, A doula in Louisville, Kentucky, is used to hearing hard truths from expecting mothers.

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