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June 19, 2019, 4:00 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Interviews with 12 former Facebook content moderators from Tampa, three on the record, where working conditions are appalling and many experience PTSD  —  At Facebook's worst-performing content moderation site in North America, one contractor has died, and others say they fear for their lives
Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: YouTube considering far-reaching changes to protect kids, including moving all children's content to the YouTube Kids app and turning off autoplay  —  Executives consider shifting children's content to a separate app, removing auto-play feature in an effort to protect young viewers
Washington Post:
Sources: after complaints about privacy practices around YouTube's children's videos, FTC is in late stages of a probe, causing YouTube to rethink its strategy  —  The U.S. government is in the late stages of an investigation into YouTube for its handling of children's videos …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
While Facebook's Libra plays at decentralization, it is still entrenched in Facebook, and using it means trusting Facebook, which is a hard sell in 2019  —  Libra isn't as decentralized as a normal cryptocurrency  —  From the beginning, cryptocurrency was about trust.
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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
New Kindle Oasis adds color temperature adjustment for night reading, goes on sale on July 24 starting at $249.99, with preorders open today  —  Amazon's top-tier e-reader gets a new feature  —  Amazon has a new version of its high-end Kindle Oasis, and it's adding the ability to change …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube unveils AR Beauty Try-On, which lets viewers virtually try on makeup while watching beauty tutorials, currently in testing, coming in summer  —  Makeup tutorials and reviews are some of the most popular content on YouTube, as they help people learn about new products as well as how to apply them.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Google rolls out Private Join and Compute, a tool that lets organizations gain insights about other parties' confidential data, as an open source project  —  CERTAIN STUDIES REQUIRE sensitive data sets: the relationship between nutritious school lunch and student health, the effectiveness of salary equity initiatives, and so on.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
In watchOS 6, many built-in apps will have their own App Store listings, letting Apple Watch users delete and redownload some currently unremovable apps  —  Good news for Apple Watch owners who don't want to clutter up their Watch with unused apps.  With the release of the new watchOS 6 …
Christine Biederman / Wired:
Inside federal prosecutors' legal fight with Backpage.com's founders, which could reshape Section 230 protections for online platforms  —  IN MICHAEL LACEY'S younger and more vulnerable years, his father gave him this advice: “Whenever someone pokes a finger in your chest, you grab that finger and you break it off at the knuckle.”
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Virginia-based Expel, which offers managed cybersecurity services for companies, raises $40M Series C led by Index Ventures, bringing total raised to ~$70M  —  Amidst the hullabaloo of hacks and endless data breaches, the global cybersecurity market is expected to grow from $152 billion in 2018 to $250 billion by 2023.

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