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June 27, 2019, 3:35 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 …
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Google rolls out live traffic delays for buses and predictions of transit crowdedness in nearly 200 cities globally on iOS and Android  —  On days when everything runs smoothly, taking public transit is one of the best ways to get around town.  Not only is it cost-effective and efficient …
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.
Brent Harris / Facebook:
Facebook shares a report on its ongoing process to establish an Oversight Board for content decisions following consultations  —  In November, Mark Zuckerberg laid out a plan for a new way for people to appeal content decisions through an independent body.  Earlier this year we released …
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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.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Mozilla launches Firefox Preview, a pilot of its new Android browser powered by its GeckoView engine, to replace the current Firefox for Android app this fall  —  Mozilla today announced Firefox Preview, a pilot of its new Android browser.  Firefox Preview, which is powered …
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Axon, formerly Taser, a supplier of body cams and software for 47 out of the 69 largest US police agencies, to ban the use of facial recognition on its devices  —  Its ethics board says the technology is not reliable enough to justify using.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.
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
Karl Bode / VICE:
Researchers demonstrate how the US Wireless Emergency Alert system, which uses LTE networks, can be easily spoofed with “pirate” cell towers to cause mass panic  —  With a pirate cell tower, it's easy to send fake emergency alerts warning of a terrorist attack, nuclear bomb, or other disaster.
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 …
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 …
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 …

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