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July 15, 2019, 2:25 AM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Facebook has done nothing but behave badly from inception, yet it has received only slaps on the wrist by authority figures, while being rewarded by the market  —  Facebook gets away with it again  —  Facebook's stock went up after news of a record-breaking $5 billion FTC fine for various privacy violations broke today.
Josh Kaplan / Slate:
A look at how surveillance is becoming more prevalent with almost nothing restricting how it is used, as automatic license plate reader software becomes cheaper  —  Cheap surveillance software is changing how landlords manage their tenants and what laws police can enforce.
Zen Soo / South China Morning Post:
Chinese bike-sharing startup Hellobike is challenging Ofo and Mobike with a focus on smaller cities and a $145M joint venture for battery-swapping stations  —  Shanghai-based firm will offer a range of two-wheeler options, including bicycles as well as electric bikes and scooters Shanghai-based Hellobike …
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Kalev Aasmae / ZDNet:
A look at Estonia's four and half year old e-residency program, which now has 55,000 e-residents and is unlikely to attain its original goal of 10M by 2025  —  Instead of the goal of gaining 10 million e-residents by 2025, Estonia is now focusing on security and usability.

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Smartsheet:
5 Ways Technology Can Transform Government Operations  —  Migrating from unsecured legacy technologies to secure and cost-effective cloud-based applications can help governments and agencies in five key ways.
TWiT.tv:
Windows Weekly Covers Everything Microsoft  —  Hear what's happening with Windows, Office, Enterprise, Azure, Xbox, plus reviews with hosts Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott on TWiT.tv's Windows Weekly podcast.
Google Fi:
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Zoho:
The Partner's guide to marketing on LinkedIn  —  What is LinkedIn® really?  —  It's a question that keeps popping up from time to time, is it a social media site for professionals?  —  Is it a platform for job seekers and recruiters to meet?
Intel:
The Future of Gaming is About More Than Just Processors  —  When it comes to making the PC the best place to play, you have to give developers the tools they need, provide real world performance and anticipate what's next.

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