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July 16, 2019, 1:35 PM

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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Trump threatens to “take a look” at Google for alleged China ties, in a tweet that cited claims Peter Thiel made at a conference and repeated on Fox News  —  President Trump on Tuesday appeared to threaten that his administration would “take a look” at Google …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Highlights from the Senate hearing with Facebook's David Marcus on the proposed Libra cryptocurrency, and what was left unanswered  —  Facebook will only build its own Calibra cryptocurrency wallet into Messenger and Whatsapp, and will refuse to embed competing wallets …
Bloomberg:
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he has serious concerns about Facebook's Libra, joining Trump and other officials including the Federal Reserve chairman  —  - Treasury Secretary says he has serious concerns about coin  — Facebook executive says crypto won't launch without approvals
Bloomberg:
Meredith Whittaker, who helped lead employee protests at Google over its military and AI work, and sexual harassment policies, is leaving the company  —  Meredith Whittaker, who helped lead employee protests at Google over the search giant's military work, artificial intelligence and policies, is leaving the company.
Press Association:
Facebook introduces a scam ads reporting tool in the UK and donates £3M to Citizens Advice for Scams Action, a dedicated online anti-scam service  —  Social media firm to investigate users' complaints and take down violating posts  —  Fresh efforts to tackle scam adverts across Facebook …
Robert Lee Hotz / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the Apollo 11's guidance computer, the first digital general-purpose, multitasking, interactive portable computer, with about 145K lines of code  —  The moon landing was one of the most important moments in the history of computing, laying the foundations of much of our digital world
Tom Warren / The Verge:
In the next Windows 10 update, expected to arrive in September, Microsoft will allow voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa to activate on the lock screen  —  New changes coming later this year  —  Microsoft is opening up Windows 10 even further to third-party digital assistants.
VICE:
Inside a lawsuit against Girls Do Porn, one of Pornhub's popular channels, which 22 women allege post videos without proper consent, leading to doxxing and more  —  Pornhub is hosting videos that have been viewed hundreds of millions of times.  The women in them say they thought the videos …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook makes its first changes to Workplace pricing, raising the premium tier by $1/person/month and introducing a new $8 Workplace Enterprise tier  —  Three years into its life with 2 million paying users signed up, Workplace — Facebook's platform for businesses and and other organizations …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Feeling unwelcome to share opinions within Google, its conservative staffers have leaked internal info to generate pressure on Google from Republican lawmakers  —  On Jan. 16, Republican lawmakers turned on one of the world's biggest tech companies.  —  A month earlier, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Uber open sources Plato, a tool for developing and testing conversational AI across many deep learning frameworks including TensorFlow and PyTorch  —  Designing conversational AI isn't as Sysiphean as it sounds.  Tools like Google's Dialogflow, Microsoft's Bot Framework …

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