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July 9, 2019, 10:50 PM

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Apple:
Apple updates MacBook Air with True Tone display, lowers price to $1,099, and updates base MacBook Pro with new processors, Touch ID, Touch Bar, and True Tone  —  Students Can Purchase MacBook Air for $999 and the 13-inch MacBook Pro for $1,199  —  Cupertino, California …
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Jon Fingas / Engadget:
AT&T's WarnerMedia reveals the name, HBO Max, for its streaming service coming next spring with 10K hours of programming, including exclusive rights to Friends  —  AT&T's WarnerMedia finally has a name for its streaming service — and some unfortunate news for people hoping it would share some classic shows.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
YouTube officially returns to Fire TV, and Amazon's Prime Video apps are adding support for Chromecast and additional Android TV devices  —  Amazon and Google have mostly made up  —  YouTube is officially back on Fire TV devices starting today, almost a year and a half after Google pulled …
Twitter:
Twitter updates its rules against hateful conduct, will now remove tweets that dehumanize people on the basis of their religion  —  We create our rules to keep people safe on Twitter, and they continuously evolve to reflect the realities of the world we operate within.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Zoom, following backlash for initially refusing to fix a flaw in its app that allows an attacker to launch the Mac camera via a malicious link, releases a fix  —  AFTER INITIALLY SAYING that it wouldn't issue a full fix for a vulnerability disclosed on Monday, the video conferencing service Zoom has changed course.
Jonathan Leitschuh / Medium:
Queenie Wong / CNET:
Facebook creates a new subsidiary, NPE Team, to build, design, and launch apps that give users “entirely new experiences for building community”  —  Get ready for a flood of new Facebook apps.  The social media giant said Tuesday it's created a team, known as New Product Experimentation …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
UK's regulator ICO to fine Marriott ~$123M over GDPR violations related to the Starwood Hotels breach, disclosed in 2018, that affected 380M+ guests  —  The intent to fine Marriott comes a day after the ICO announced a $230 million GDPR fine against British Airways.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Uber launches Uber Comfort in 40 US markets and Ottawa, letting riders request better legroom, higher rated drivers, and more for a 20%-40% premium over UberX  —  You can get access to Uber's controversial Quiet Ride button that lets you ask your driver for silence if you'll pay a 20% to 40% premium atop the UberX price.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
GitHub removes reimplementations of DeepNude, a now-shuttered app that digitally removes clothing from images of women, citing violations of policy  —  After the creator of DeepNude shuttered its app that digitally undressed women, multiple people uploaded their own versions to GitHub.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google to acquire enterprise cloud storage provider Elastifile, which has raised $74M in venture capital prior to acquisition  —  Google today announced that it's entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Elastifile, a Santa Clara, California-based provider of enterprise cloud file storage solutions, for an undisclosed price.
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Federal appeals court rules that President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking his critics on Twitter  —  President Trump cannot block his critics from the Twitter feed he regularly uses to communicate with the public, a federal appeals court said Tuesday, in a case with implications …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
E-commerce startup Bolt, which provides a checkout, payments processing, and fraud prevention platform for online merchants, raises $68M Series B  —  Bolt — not to be confused with blockchain startup Bolt Labs, hardware investor Bolt, or the ride-sharing firm formerly known as Taxify …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Glitch, formerly Fog Creek Software, says its community has created 2.5M+ web apps using its collaboration and code sharing platform, reveals 2018 $30M Series A  —  Glitch, the quirky and collaborative coding site, announced a new milestone today: more than 2.5 million apps have been made on its website since it launched in 2017.
Nick Heath / TechRepublic:
Raspberry Pi Foundation confirms that the recently released Raspberry Pi 4 does not work with some USB-C cables  —  The Pi's co-creator Eben Upton has confirmed that not every USB-C cable will power the Pi.  —  The Raspberry Pi Foundation has confirmed that the recently released Raspberry Pi 4 …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Mozilla says it will not include root certificates of surveillance company DarkMatter, which has been accused of helping UAE hack its citizens, inside Firefox  —  Mozilla declines DarkMatter's application to have its root certificates included in Firefox's root store.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
YouTube to require those submitting manual copyright claims to give timestamps of where in a video infringing content appears, making creator responses easier  —  YouTube is updating the way it handles manual copyright claims with changes that should make them much less of a headache for video creators.

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