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July 22, 2019, 1:05 PM

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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

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