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August 1, 2019, 11:40 PM

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Karl Bode / VICE:
FTC asks that the 147M people affected by the Equifax breach take free credit monitoring as only $31M of the $575M+ Equifax settlement is allocated to consumers  —  After “overwhelming” public interest, the FTC now urges users to settle for free credit monitoring instead.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the biggest name in Fortnite and one of Twitch's most popular stars, says he will move to Microsoft's Mixer full-time  —  Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the biggest name in Fortnite and one of Twitch's most popular stars, is leaving the platform to stream exclusively on Mixer.
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
DoorDash agrees to acquire Caviar, Square's food delivery business, for $410M in cash and preferred DoorDash stock  —  DoorDash has reached an agreement with Square to purchase on-demand food delivery and catering business Caviar .  DoorDash has agreed to pay Square $410 million in cash and preferred DoorDash stock.
New York Times:
Records show the NYPD has uploaded arrest photos of juveniles into a facial recognition database since 2015, despite higher risk of false matches in young faces  —  With little oversight, the N.Y.P.D. has been using powerful surveillance technology on photos of children and teenagers.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Inside US-based “phone farms”, where people use dozens or hundreds of smartphones to fabricate engagements with ads and generate some disposable income  —  Ordinary Americans are using armies of phones to generate cash to buy food, diapers, and beer through ad fraud.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Google to add an automated text-to-speech feature for emergency calls made via the Pixel Phone app to help relay location information to first responders  —  The new feature will automatically describe the kind of emergency and exact address to first responders
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook details its first takedown of inauthentic accounts linked to the Saudi government, alongside a separate takedown of accounts linked to UAE and Egypt  —  Washington (CNN Business)Facebook said Thursday it had found evidence of something cyber security and national security experts …
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Amazon's Ring says that it receives some real-time 911 call data, including addresses, from police, which helps it curate crime news posts for its Neighbors app  —  Amazon-owned home security company Ring is pursuing contracts with police departments that would grant it direct access to real …
Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
Pentagon puts the decision of awarding the $10B JEDI cloud services contract on hold as Defense Secretary Mark Esper reviews accusations of unfair competition  —  The Pentagon is slamming the brakes on its mega-competition to award a $10 billion cloud computing contract after President Donald Trump suggested …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: as part of its antitrust probe, FTC is investigating whether Facebook bought startups like Instagram and WhatsApp to neutralize possible competitors  —  Regulators examining whether social-media giant bought companies to neutralize possible rivals  —  The Federal Trade Commission's …
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
An in-depth look at Intel's new Ice Lake chips, including their development history and benchmark results  —  Intel's new Ice Lake platform is the company's second attempt at producing a 10nm chip for the mass market, and follows on from the Cannon Lake platform.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Bloomberg:
SEC filings: MacKenzie Bezos is now the second largest Amazon shareholder, holding 19.7M shares, or a ~4% stake worth ~$37B, in the company  —  MacKenzie Bezos is officially Amazon.com Inc.'s second-largest individual shareholder.  —  About 19.7 million shares are now registered …
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
YouTube has significantly changed its algorithm to boost what it deems “quality” children's videos following FTC probe into its use of personal data from minors  —  A software update that came in July, without explanation, was designed to promote “quality” children's videos
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Holloway, which publishes in-depth guides about running a startup, raises $4.6M in seed funding from The New York Times, NEA, Lightspeed, and others  —  Founders need to get smart quickly about the many nuanced aspects of building a company, from understanding weird language in a big term sheet to hiring a key software developer.
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