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June 19, 2019, 6:45 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Interviews with 12 former and current Facebook content moderators in Tampa, three on the record, describing appalling working conditions and, for some, 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 is 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 children's videos on YouTube, 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 …
Brendan Greeley / Financial Times:
One of Facebook's stated goals with Libra, to help those without a bank, is undermined by detailed research, which shows solutions are often local and personal  —  For the last century, new communications technologies — radio, television, VCRs, the internet — have all been initially sold …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
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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.
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 …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Oracle reports Q4 revenue of $11.14B, rising 1% YoY and beating analyst estimates of $10.93B, as its Cloud Services division beats with revenue of $6.8B  —  KEY POINTS  —  Oracle stock went up as much as 7% on Wednesday after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for the fourth quarter …
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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.
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.”
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft launches public preview of Azure Bastion, a service for remotely accessing virtual machines more securely  —  Microsoft's newest Azure service, Bastion, is now in public preview and is meant to bring another level of security to remotely accessing virtual machines.

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