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July 12, 2019, 12:05 PM

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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Trump says cryptocurrencies including Facebook's Libra are “not money”, need to be regulated, citing their high volatility and facilitation of unlawful behavior  —  Just hours after a “social media summit,” the president's Twitter account posted a thread aimed at, of all things, cryptocurrency.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon is developing an Echo speaker with improved audio quality to rival Sonos, HomePod, for release next year, and ramping up work on its home robot  —  - Echo speaker to include improved audio to rival Sonos, HomePod  — Wheeled robot, codenamed ‘Vesta,’ can be summoned by voice
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube unveils new ways for creators to make money, including Super Stickers for chats in livestreams and premieres and paid levels for Channel Memberships  —  YouTube is rolling out more ways for its creators to engage fans and generate revenue, the company announced today the VidCon event in Anaheim, California.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
In Q2, IDC estimates global PC shipments grew 4.7% to 64.9M units; Gartner estimates 1.5% growth to 63M units; both say Windows 10 refresh contributed to gain  —  The PC market rebounded slightly in Q2, according to research firms Gartner and IDC.  After six years of quarterly PC shipment declines …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft, after an outcry by many of its reseller partners, now says it will not charge them for internal use of the company's products and services  —  Microsoft is not going to eliminate internal use rights for partners who've been using software obtained as part of Microsoft's partner-program benefits …
Wolfie Zhao / CoinDesk:
Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint says it was hacked for $32M in crypto assets, of which $23M belonged to its customers  —  Bitpoint, a licensed cryptocurrency exchange based in Japan, has been hacked for $32 million in crypto assets.  —  According to a CoinDesk Japan report on Friday …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google announces it is rolling out redesigned News results for Search on desktop, making publishers' names more prominent, adding a carousel, and more  —  Google Search on the desktop web has seen a slew of visual refreshes in recent weeks.  The latest is a substantial redesign of the News tab …
Caroline Haskins / VICE:
User manual for Palantir Gotham software, obtained via a FOIA request, shows the amount of information law enforcement can quickly access about any individual  —  Motherboard obtained a Palantir user manual through a public records request, and it gives unprecedented insight into how the company logs and tracks individuals.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Etsy researchers, using their computer vision algorithms, were able to classify styles across 60M+ Etsy listings with 76% accuracy  —  Style matters a lot to Etsy's millions of merchandisers.  There's roughly 43 different categories their products occupy, from knitted ware and cosmetics …
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Tom Simonite / Wired:
Facebook says its AI bot Pluribus, developed in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon, is the first such bot to beat top pros at six-player No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em  —  The 32-year-old is the only person to have won four World Poker Tour titles and has earned more than $7 million at tournaments.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it will test a feature to let users hide replies to their tweets starting next week in Canada  —  Twitter users are getting more control over which comments are visible in the conversations they start.  —  The company has been testing and talking about this feature since earlier this year …
Maggie Miller / The Hill:
FEC approves a request from cybersecurity company Area 1 to provide discounted cybersecurity services to political campaigns for as little as $1,337/year  —  The Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Thursday approved a request from a private company to provide discounted cybersecurity services …
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