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May 7, 2019, 2:19 PM

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Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google announces Duplex on the Web, less focused on mimicking speech, can now handle car rentals, tickets, and fill online forms with info Google has about you  —  Last year, Google stoked intense controversy when it announced Duplex, a technology that uses eerily human-sounding artificial …
The Verge:
Live blog of Google I/O keynote, where new hardware is expected, including a larger Google Home Hub and a line of Pixel 3A phones, alongside Android 10 Q  —  And maybe a few surprises, too  —  Google's annual developer keynote is here and thanks to a lot of leaks, we have a fairly good idea of what to expect.
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google says its next-gen Assistant is 10X faster and includes more app-specific functionality, coming to Pixel phones later this year  —  After three years, the voice-activated helper gets its biggest update yet.  And it shows just how much Google already knows about you.
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google unveils Live Caption, coming with Android Q, which shows a real-time transcription of any video or audio a user plays on their phone  —  It even works when using video chat apps  —  Google waited until I/O 2019 to demonstrate one of the most impressive features of Android Q. It's called Live Caption …
Ju-min Park / Reuters:
Samsung says it cannot confirm the shipping date for Galaxy Fold and will cancel pre-orders, unless told not to, if they do not ship by May 31  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics said on Tuesday it cannot confirm the shipping date for its foldable device Galaxy Fold yet and apologized …
New York Times:
Symantec: a Chinese state-sponsored hacker group co-opted and repurposed NSA hacking tools to attack US allies and private companies in Europe and Asia in 2016  —  Chinese intelligence agents acquired National Security Agency hacking tools and repurposed them in 2016 to attack American allies …
Chris Hoffman / How-To Geek:
Microsoft debuts WSL 2, featuring “dramatic” performance increases, support for Docker, and shipping with a Linux kernel, to be updated through Windows Update  —  Microsoft today announced Windows Subsystem for Linux version 2—that's WSL 2.  It will feature “dramatic file system …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
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James Vincent / The Verge:
US Department of Energy says AMD and Cray will build the world's fastest supercomputer, dubbed Frontier, by 2021, with 1.5 exaflops of processing power  —  Dubbed Frontier, the supercomputer expected to go online in 2021 with 1.5 exaflops of processing power
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
As Europe clamps down on online hate speech and misinformation, concerns grow that these efforts will harm free expression and stifle dissent  —  LONDON — In Spain, activists were convicted for social media posts that violated an expanded antiterrorism law.
Vice:
More than 100 Riot Games employees walked out on Monday to protest the company's use of forced arbitration to settle sexual harassment lawsuits  —  ‘League of Legends’ developers walkout to protest the company's use of forced arbitration to settle sexual harassment lawsuits.
Washingtonian:
A parent's first-hand account about how content found on Reddit, 4chan, and YouTube helped their 13-year-old become infatuated with the alt-right  —  A Washington family's nightmare year.  —  When my son Sam,* who was then 14, asked me to take him to the Mother of All Rallies on the Mall in September 2017 …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Several people suspected of involvement in running Deep Dot Web, a site facilitating access to dark web sites, arrested by FBI and others in several countries  —  The FBI have arrested several people suspected of involvement in running Deep Dot Web, a website for facilitating access to dark web sites and marketplaces.

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