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May 29, 2019, 11:00 PM

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Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
Google says Chrome's current ad blocking capabilities will be restricted to enterprise users in coming changes to Chrome extensions, despite negative feedback  —  Back in January, Google announced a proposed change to Chrome's extensions system, called Manifest V3, that would stop current ad blockers from working efficiently.
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?
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google introduces new policies to protect children and families downloading apps on Google Play, including mandating developers comply with content and ad rules  —  Google announced this morning a new set of developer policies aimed at providing additional protections for children …
Bloomberg:
Source: DOJ is still discussing merger approval with T-Mobile and Sprint, but is demanding concessions to allow a fourth national wireless carrier to emerge  —  - Antitrust officials seek additional carrier with own network  — T-Mobile mulling possible fixes to satisfy Justice Department
Bloomberg:
Brex, a startup that provides credit cards to tech startups, is in talks to secure new funding at a valuation of $2B+, up from a $1.1B valuation in October  —  - Fintech's new cash infusion comes just months after last round  — Kleiner Perkins, Peter Thiel among startup's backers
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 …
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 …
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
In a report, FCC says broadband deployment is reasonable and timely, reaching same conclusion as an earlier version that overstated broadband access by millions  —  You know what they say, tens of millions of broadband users here, tens of millions of broadband users there, sooner or later it starts to add up to something.
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 …
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
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed News:
Facial recognition tech will be tested in a US public school district for the first time starting June 3 in NY, will track people barred from school buildings  —  Testing of the Aegis system begins in the Lockport City School District next week.  It will track sex offenders …
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 …
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Study on behavioral ad targeting finds that publishers only get about 4% more revenue for an ad impression that has a cookie enabled than for one that doesn't  —  Finding could affect where publishers line up in brewing privacy battles  —  Are creepy advertisements really necessary to support the free web?
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.

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