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July 11, 2019, 4:40 PM

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The Keyword:
Google admits one of its language reviewers leaked confidential Dutch audio data and says it is investigating the issue  —  We're focused on building products that work for everyone, and as part of this, we invest significant resources to ensure that our speech technology works for a wide variety of languages, accents and dialects.
Tom Simonite / Wired:
Belgian broadcaster obtains 1,000+ Google Assistant audio clips from a Google contractor, some of which seem to be recorded inadvertently and may violate GDPR  —  GOOGLE, AMAZON, AND Apple say their AI-powered virtual assistants make it easier to get things done on smartphones or at home.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple says it has temporarily disabled the Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app, due to a vulnerability that could allow iPhone eavesdropping, while it works on a fix  —  Apple has disabled the Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app due to an unspecified vulnerability that could allow a person to listen …
The Information:
Sources: Bird lost about $100M in the first quarter, with revenue shrinking to about $15M, and the company told people that it has about $100M in cash left  —  The wintertime was bleak for Bird.  In this year's first quarter, the electric scooter operator lost nearly $100 million …
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook is starting to show users which marketing and data companies have your data, how an ad was targeted, and how to opt-out  —  The new tool tells you how an ad was targeted and which third-party agency or data broker was used.  It also links to pages to opt out.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon says it will spend $700M to retrain 100K, or about a third, of its US employees by 2025, acknowledging the impact of technology and automation on jobs  —  Amazon is embarking on a $700 million effort to retrain its U.S. workforce, in a high-profile acknowledgment of the impact …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter was down globally for just over an hour today as the White House “social media summit” kicked off  —  When in doubt, ban yourself  —  Twitter appeared to be down for a large number of users across the United States on Thursday.  The company confirmed the issue to The Verge …
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
A US nonprofit org founded by Google and IBM is working with a company helping China's government secretly monitor phone and internet activity of 200M people  —  An American organization founded by tech giants Google and IBM is working with a company that is helping China's authoritarian …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Kuo: Apple's 2020 iPhone will include a smaller TrueDepth camera, reducing the size of the notch, and a rear-facing camera with a seven-piece lens system  —  Apple is expected to significantly decrease the size of iPhone's TrueDepth “notch” in 2020, modifying or potentially removing …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Apple pushes silent Mac update to remove the hidden web server in the Zoom app that could let websites add a user to a video call without their permission  —  Apple has released a silent update for Mac users removing a vulnerable component in Zoom, the popular video conferencing app …
Alex Fang / Nikkei Asian Review:
Beijing-based Geek+, which makes autonomous robots that can sort and transport goods at warehouses, raises $150M Series C1 led by GGV Capital  —  Tech unicorn eager to expand automation services but faces stiff competition  —  NEW YORK — Beijing-based logistics robotics startup Geek …

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