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May 29, 2019, 3:15 PM

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Dara Kerr / CNET:
Uber says it will now ban riders with significantly below-average ratings after giving them several opportunities to improve  —  Uber has long deactivated drivers who get low ratings.  Now the ride-hailing company is turning the tables.  —  Uber announced Wednesday that those passengers …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple's new website defending the App Store, following antitrust allegations, mostly serves to highlight its power and dominance while ignoring criticisms  —  Apple launched a new website as a response to critics like Spotify  —  As it faces both an antitrust lawsuit with huge implications …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple's former head of App Store approvals, Phillip Shoemaker, discusses the review process, app rejections, competition between Apple and developers, and more  —  Apple Inc.'s former head of App Store approvals said he's worried about competition between the company and developers …
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Huawei has filed a motion for summary judgement in its lawsuit against the US, in a bid to expedite an outcome without the costs and time of a full trial  —  SHANGHAI — Huawei is ramping up its legal challenge to American limits on purchases of its equipment, in a sign that it is doubling …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Flipboard says hackers had access to its servers for 9+ months and stole some customers' info, including digital tokens linking profiles to 3rd-party services  —  Extent of the hack is unknown, but Flipboard said hackers had access to its systems for almost nine months.
Nick Parker / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft outlines its vision for a modern OS that has invisible background updates, security by default, always connected, supports multiple form factors, more  —  Today, at Computex in Taipei, Microsoft executives Roanne Sones, CVP OS Platforms and Rodney Clark, VP IoT Sales …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Following Google's announcement of Google Pay support last week, New York City subway riders will be able to pay with Apple Pay starting Friday  —  If you frequent the New York City subway's 4, 5, 6 line, you've probably seen the new terminals at a variety of stations like Union Square and Grand Central.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon announces 5.5-inch Echo Show 5 that's shipping in July for $89.99, launches new Alexa commands to delete what you just said or everything you said today  —  A direct challenge to the Google Nest Home Hub  —  Amazon is releasing a new Echo device today because apparently …
Aaron Mak / Slate:
An inside look at Donald Trump's Wikipedia entry, one of the most popular pages on the internet, where editors fight a brutal, petty battle over every word  —  It's one of the most popular pages on the internet.  But behind the scenes, editors are fighting a brutal, petty battle over every word.
George Nguyen / Search Engine Land:
A look back at Bing on its 10th anniversary: though Bing's market share is still small, Microsoft has stayed committed to search, winning over many advertisers  —  A look back, and ahead, at Microsoft's search business.  —  Ten years ago today, Microsoft launched Bing.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Dropbox increases Plus plan storage from 1TB to 2TB, raises the price from $10 to $12 per month, and adds Rewind and Smart Sync features  —  Dropbox has doubled the storage space for its Plus users from 1TB to 2TB, added Rewind and Smart Sync features, and increased the price from $10 per month to $12 per month.
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Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Members of Google's Pygmalion team, responsible for Assistant's linguistic analysis, allege that subcontractors were routinely pressured into unpaid overtime  —  Interpreting a spoken request isn't magic, rather it has taken a team of underpaid, subcontracted linguists to make the technology possible
VICE:
Twitter executive Vijaya Gadde says the company is looking into how white nationalists and supremacists use the platform to determine if they should be banned  —  “Is it the right approach to deplatform these individuals?  Is the right approach to try and engage with these individuals?
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google says Gmail's confidential mode, announced last April, will become available to G Suite customers on June 25  —  Gmail's confidential mode — the privacy-preserving email feature Google unveiled last April — launched in beta roughly three months ago, and the Mountain View company today announced …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google says it is rolling out the ability for Google Maps to show speed limits and speed cameras in over 40 countries  —  Google Maps is gaining some features previously exclusive to Google's navigation app, Waze.  The company confirmed it's rolling out the ability for Google Maps users to see speed limits …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: PE firm Bain Capital is raising $1B for a new tech fund for buyouts and late-stage minority investments, focused on enterprise and cybersecurity  —  KEY POINTS  — Bain Capital, which manages more than $100 billion, is planning to raise $1 billion for a tech-focused fund …
Jenny Anderson / Quartz:
San Francisco-based Outschool, a marketplace for online classes with video chat for kids, raises $8.5M Series A led by Reach Capital and Union Square Ventures  —  Before Martin Luther King Jr. Day last year, Celeste Law's eight-year-old daughter told her mother that she didn't know much about …

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