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May 21, 2019, 3:20 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:
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.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Mozilla releases Firefox 67 with performance improvements, new privacy features, cryptomining and fingerprinting protection, and more  —  Mozilla today launched Firefox 67 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.  The 10th release since Mozilla's big Firefox Quantum launch in November 2017 doubles down on performance and privacy.
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 …
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 …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
After eight months of alpha testing the first official version of Tor Browser for Android has been released on the Play Store  —  After eight months of alpha testing, Tor Browser for Android is now ready for rollout.  —  Today, the Tor Project released on the Google Play Store the first stable version of the Tor Browser for Android.
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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