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March 27, 2019, 2:45 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 …
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 …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
FTC says it has fined four robocalling companies, responsible for “billions” of US calls, which will also cease operations  —  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.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
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.
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.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Lightspeed Venture Partners says VC Chris Schaepe has left the firm after admitting he hired Rick Singer to aid in the college admissions process for his son  —  Silicon Valley venture capitalist Chris Schaepe is out at Lightspeed Venture Partners, after telling his partners …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Apple News+ could accelerate the demise of news outlets by decimating their revenue and disrupting publishers' relationships with readers  —  At the mercy of a new algorithm  —  Apple doesn't care about news, it cares about recurring revenue.  That's why publishers are crazy to jump into bed with Apple News+.

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