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June 27, 2019, 1:20 PM

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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Following criticism, Twitter rolls out a notice for tweets from political figures, verified users, and accounts with 100K+ followers that break its guidelines  —  The platform has been criticized for letting politicians break the rules without consequence  —  Today, Twitter is rolling …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Amazon launches Counter, its package pickup service, in the US, starting with 100 Rite Aid stores; it will expand to 1,500 locations by the end of the year  —  Amazon is teaming up with national drugstore Rite Aid as part of a new package pickup service that further expands the tech giant's logistics network.
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is trying a new approach to limit the distribution of deepfakes, argues that the definition is too broad and needs to be scoped  —  Mark Zuckerberg signaled today that Facebook might be taking a different approach to so-called deepfakes, synthetic videos created through …
Brent Harris / Facebook:
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Superhuman, a $30/month email service designed for speed that has less than 15,000 users, raises $33M Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz at a $260M valuation  —  One of Silicon Valley's buzziest start-ups, Superhuman, is betting its app's shiny features are worth a premium price.
James Vincent / The Verge:
EU expert panel recommends that EU should ban AI-based social credit scoring and limit mass surveillance  —  New recommendations have also been criticized as lacking enforceability  —  A group of policy experts assembled by the EU has recommended that it ban the use of AI for mass surveillance and mass …
Bloomberg:
Author credits on research papers reveal that several Huawei employees have collaborated on research projects with Chinese armed forces personnel  —  - Huawei says research was not authorized by the company  — Employees collaborated on AI and communications with military
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Google, UChicago, and its medical center sued in a lawsuit accusing the hospital of sharing hundreds of thousands of identifiable patient records with Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When the University of Chicago Medical Center announced a partnership to share patient data with Google in 2017 …
Polina Marinova / Fortune:
A profile of Jeff Jordan, managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, who became a VC in his fifties and invested early in Airbnb, Instacart, and Pinterest  —  How Jeff Jordan is applying what he learned during his time at Disney, eBay, and OpenTable to help founders at Airbnb, Pinterest, and Instacart.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Some Philips Hue smart bulbs now come with Bluetooth built in, allowing them to be set up and used without the $60 hub; prices start from $15  —  Philips Hue smart bulbs are getting what may be their biggest upgrade ever: many bulbs will now ship with Bluetooth built in …
Zoe Schiffer / INSIDER:
Report: ecommerce startup Brandless has hired John Rittenhouse as CEO after Tina Sharkey resigned in March amid tensions with SoftBank, which has a 40% stake  —  - In March, Tina Sharkey stepped down as CEO of Brandless, the direct-to-consumer retailer of “unbranded” household items.
CNBC:
In a first, Apple will begin selling One Drop, a glucose monitor for those with diabetes that works with iPhone and Watch, in select US stores  —  KEY POINTS  — Select Apple Stores now sell One Drop, a blood glucose monitor that closely integrates with the iPhone and the Apple Watch.
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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
IBM wins unconditional EU antitrust approval for its $34B acquisition of Red Hat  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. tech giant International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) on Thursday won unconditional EU antitrust approval for its $34 billion acquisition of software company Red Hat (RHT.N).

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