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May 30, 2019, 10:55 AM

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Nick Summers / Engadget:
Microsoft is bringing its Xbox Game Pass subscription service to Windows 10 PCs with a “curated library” of more than 100 titles; details to be revealed at E3  —  PC players, rejoice: Microsoft is bringing its previously-Xbox exclusive subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, to Windows 10.
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.
Sam Meredith / CNBC:
An open letter signed by 47 companies including Apple, Google, and WhatsApp condemns UK GCHQ proposal to eavesdrop on encrypted messages  —  KEY POINTS  — In an open letter to GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), 47 signatories including Apple, Google and WhatsApp have jointly urged …
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
David Ruddock / Android Police:
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 …
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
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
In-flight internet provider Gogo says it plans to deploy in-flight 5G in 2021 that will service smaller aircraft on routes in the contiguous US and Canada  —  In-flight internet provider Gogo plans to deploy an air-to-ground 5G network for aviation, the company said today …
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?
Bloomberg:
NXP Semiconductors to buy Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity business of Marvell Technology Group in an all-cash deal valued at $1.76B  —  - Assets generated about $300 million in revenue in 2019  — First major deal for NXP since failed takeover by Qualcomm
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 …
Media Policy Project:
A German regulatory proposal aims to ensure content diversity and non-discrimination on streaming platforms and sites like YouTube via algorithm transparency  —  Tighter regulation of social media and other online services in now under discussion in several European countries …
Joel Johnson / Fast Company:
Ajay Bhatt, Bala Cadambi, and Jim Pappas, who were part of a USB working group at Intel, share their memories about the creation of the standard in the 1990s  —  In the olden days, plugging something into your computer—a mouse, a printer, a hard drive—required a zoo of cables.

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