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July 22, 2019, 1:05 PM

Top News

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Microsoft says it will invest $1B in OpenAI, beginning a partnership to jointly develop new AI technologies for the Azure cloud platform  —  Microsoft today announced that it would invest $1 billion in OpenAI, the San Francisco-based AI research firm cofounded by CTO Greg Brockman …
Washington Post:
Leaked documents show Huawei secretly helped North Korea build its wireless 3G network, raising the question of whether it violated US export controls  —  Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese tech giant embroiled in President Trump's trade war with China and blacklisted as a national security threat …
Stacy Cowley / New York Times:
Equifax will pay at least $650M and potentially significantly more to end an array of state, federal, and consumer claims over the 2017 data breach  —  The credit bureau Equifax will pay at least $650 million and potentially significantly more to end an array of state, federal and consumer claims …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Profile of Jeff Williams, Tim Cook's heir apparent as CEO, who is broadly regarded as a strong choice for the top job within Apple  —  Jeff Williams co-created the Apple Watch and runs the company's global operations.  Can he also handle design—and everything else?
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Slack updates its desktop app for Windows and macOS, which is still built on Electron, claims it now launches 33% faster and uses 50% less RAM than before  —  Slack's desktop app has been rebuilt for Windows and macOS  —  Slack is unveiling a new version of its desktop app for Windows …
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:
Free stock trading app Robinhood raises $323M Series E led by DST Global at a $7.6B valuation  —  Robinhood, the popular free stock trading app, this morning announced a massive $323 million round led by DST Global.  —  The Series E financing values the Menlo Park-headquartered business at $7.6 billion …
More: Reuters
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
As matchmaking sites surpass friends and family for finding partners, the burden of finding a partner now rests solely on the individual and can be lonesome  —  My maternal grandparents met through mutual friends at a summer pool party in the suburbs of Detroit shortly after World War II.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Zenith: online advertising forecast to grow by 10% globally next year, the lowest level since 2001, as big brands seek risk-free placement in traditional media  —  Sector to be outpaced next year by cinema ads as big companies raise fears over digital scandals
Tom Simonite / Wired:
US government tests find even top-performing facial recognition systems misidentify black people at rates 5-10 times higher than they do white people  —  FRENCH COMPANY IDEMIA'S algorithms scan faces by the million.  The company's facial recognition software serves police in the US, Australia, and France.
More: Forrester

Sponsor Posts

Smartsheet:
Smartsheet makes Deloitte Fast 500 List  —  For the fifth year in a row, Smartsheet ranks on the list of the fastest-growing companies in North America.
Zoho:
How Zoho CRM became the world's favorite CRM software  —  Look up the top ten or top five or the best CRMs in the market.  You'll likely find plenty of articles that recycle many of the same prominent names.
Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.
Intel:
Here's why gamers should go with a processor that has high IPC and can hit the highest frequencies  —  Adding core count for core count's sake does not create a better gaming experience
Mattermost:
How is Mattermost different from Slack?  —  Learn why Mattermost is the #1 open source Slack alternative.

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