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May 21, 2019, 2:50 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple says the new iteration of its butterfly keyboard uses “new materials” in the switch mechanism that should reduce double- and missed-key presses  —  A ‘new material’ will be put into third-generation repaired keyboards  —  Apple is announcing an update to its keyboard repair program today.
Jason Snell / Six Colors:
Apple updates 13" and 15" MacBook Pros with improved keyboards and 9th-generation Intel CPUs with up to 8 cores, expands its Keyboard Service Program coverage  —  Continuing its renewed commitment to update pro Mac laptops on a regular basis, Apple on Tuesday announced an update to its 13 …
Reuters:
Commerce Dept. creates a general license, which expires Aug. 19, to restore Huawei's ability to maintain existing networks and push software updates to handsets  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday created a temporary general license restoring Huawei's ability …
Natalia Drozdiak / Bloomberg:
Huawei reiterates that it has been working on its own mobile OS; sources: Huawei has been pitching app makers and European carriers on its own mobile app store  —  - Comments come after U.S. restricted Huawei access to market  — Move threatens Huawei's partnerships with U.S. suppliers
Financial Times:
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Two weeks after the city of Baltimore's networks suffered a ransomware attack, many of its systems remain offline, including utilities billing, phone, and email  —  Houses can't be sold, bills can't be paid while city networks are shuttered.  —  It's been nearly two weeks since the City …
Thomas Simms / Cointelegraph:
Craig Wright, who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, filed for the US copyright for the original Bitcoin white paper and most of the original Bitcoin code  —  Craig Wright has filed United States copyright registrations for the Bitcoin (BTC) white paper authored by Satoshi Nakamoto.
Alfred Ng / CNET:
Microsoft calls for a GDPR-like law in the US that would place the accountability obligations on the companies that collect and use personal data  —  Microsoft's idea of a US privacy law would make it easier for people to protect their data.  —  The company's corporate vice president …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: ByteDance, owner of TikTok, is developing a paid music service via a new app it expects to debut as early as this fall, mostly in emerging markets  —  - ByteDance plans to target listeners in emerging markets  — Company has already secured rights from Indian record labels
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Professional gamer Tfue sues esports org FaZe Clan over allegedly “oppressive” contract, says FaZe violates CA law by acting as an unlicensed talent agency  —  The lawsuit could be a turning point for e-sports organizations  —  A new lawsuit filed against Faze Clan …
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Alphabet's Verily announces partnerships with big pharma firms Novartis, Sanofi, Otsuka, and Pfizer as it moves into the clinical trials space  —  KEY POINTS  — Pharma companies are looking to work with Verily, which is part of the Alphabet umbrella, as they try to find ways to modernize …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Lyft announces passenger-safety features including an in-app panic button to call 911; now riders leaving a rating under 4 stars must leave additional feedback  —  The company will also enlarge driver license plate numbers in the app to reduce incidents of mistaken identity
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