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June 16, 2019, 11:45 PM

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Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Genius claims it has irrefutable proof of Google lifting song lyrics, displayed in search results, from Genius.com; Google says it licenses lyrics from others  —  Genius Media says it can prove lyrics from its site are appearing in Google search information panels— by examining the apostrophes
Jessica Rosenworcel / Wired:
US is the only country making high-band spectrum the core of 5G rollout, which may leave it behind in mid-band tech needed to cover less populated areas in 5G  —  It's a worldwide race.  It's a security challenge.  It's a geopolitical battle between the United States and China.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Citymapper says it's shutting down Ride, its hybrid taxi and bus service in London, on July 14, due to onerous regulations and a desire to focus on other ideas  —  It's focusing on reinventing the travel pass instead  —  Transport app Citymapper is reliably, even admirably inventive, but not all its experiments work out.
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Prenda Law's Paul Hansmeier sentenced to 14 years for a fraud scheme that involved uploading porn videos and then threatening to sue people who downloaded them  —  Judge blasts Hansmeier for “almost incalculable” harms to justice.  —  A federal judge in Minneapolis has sentenced Paul Hansmeier …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Walmart is now offering a new grocery delivery subscription option called Delivery Unlimited for $12.95 per month or $98 per year  —  Walmart is taking aim at Instacart, Target's Shipt and Amazon Prime Now/Whole Foods with a new grocery delivery subscription service called simply, “Delivery Unlimited.”
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News:
The “Amazon's Choice” label seems to imply curation, but it's awarded to listings by an algorithm, and some of the products have defects and manipulated reviews  —  When you're looking at a search result with hundreds of options on Amazon, the “Amazon's Choice” label may give you a sense of relief.
Natasha Frost / Quartz:
How non-profit Thorn uses Amazon Rekognition's DetectText, which extracts text from images, and IndexFaces, which detects faces, to fight child sex trafficking  —  Domestic sex trafficking of minors in the US and Canada usually doesn't resemble Hollywood's dungeons-and-handcuffs nightmare.
Gretchen McCulloch / Wired:
Archive of Our Own, a database for fanfiction containing nearly 5M contributions, has 350 volunteer “tag wranglers” who sort tags better than any AI is able to  —  One of the nominees for the Hugo Awards this year is Archive of Our Own, a fanfiction archive containing nearly 5 million fanworks …

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