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May 22, 2019, 2:25 AM

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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 …
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
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft removes Huawei's MateBook X Pro from its online store, stays silent on whether it will prevent Huawei from obtaining Windows licenses for its devices  —  No comment from Microsoft  —  Microsoft looks set to be the latest in a long line of US-based technology companies that are complying …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
The “tech cold war”, escalated by recent actions against Huawei, started over a decade ago when China began restricting US services companies in its market  —  Tim Culpan declared at Bloomberg that The Tech Cold War Has Begun after the Trump administration barred companies viewed …
Reuters:
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Google says it stored some G Suite passwords in plaintext due to an error dating back to 2005, found another set of unhashed passwords in 2019, both now fixed  —  Google says a small number of its enterprise customers mistakenly had their passwords stored on its systems in plaintext.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft officially rolls out the Windows 10 May 2019 update, which includes Windows Sandbox and unified search across Windows, Office, Bing, and more  —  Microsoft's Windows 10 May Update/1903 is available to consumers and business customers as of today, May 21.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Mozilla releases Firefox 67 with new privacy features that block cryptomining and fingerprinting, WebRender, a 2D rendering engine for Windows 10, and more  —  Mozilla today launched Firefox 67 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.  The 10th release since Mozilla's big Firefox Quantum launch …
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Source: Comcast's upcoming health device to focus on monitoring the motion of elderly people at home; Comcast has no plans for a direct-to-consumer launch  —  Comcast is working on a new in-home device that will monitor your health, according to a new report from CNBC.
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:
Microsoft launches Service Mesh Interface for Kubernetes to help manage application environments and networks; partners include Docker, Pivotal, and VMware  —  At KubeCon EU in Barcelona today, Microsoft made a slew of Kubernetes announcements.  The company launched the Service Mesh Interface …
Dan Kennedy / Nieman Lab:
The 016, a small social network with no algorithmic feed, seeks to connect local media, organizations, and businesses with the citizens of Worcester, MA  —  Mark Henderson was getting ready to throw in the towel on his dreams of becoming a successful media entrepreneur.
Vivian Ho / The Guardian:
After backlash, Google to require abortion services advertisers in the US, UK, and Ireland to declare in their ads whether or not they provide abortions  —  Announcement comes after Guardian revealed Google gave $150,000 in free ads to opaque anti-abortion group

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