August 2, 2019, 6:05 PM

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Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Google will let Android users in Europe choose their default search engine starting in 2020; inclusion on the choice screen will be determined via auction  —  Only the top-three bidders will appear alongside Google on the choice screen  —  Starting in early 2020, Google will present …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple suspends Siri response grading, where contractors reviewed Siri queries without explicit user consent, promises update where users can chose to take part  —  In response to concerns raised by a Guardian story last week over how recordings of Siri queries are used for quality control, Apple is suspending the program world wide.
Alex Heath / The Information:
Sources: Facebook plans to rebrand Instagram and WhatsApp to “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook”, causing surprise and confusion internally  —  In a big shift, Facebook plans to signal its control of Instagram and WhatsApp by adding its name to both apps …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
FTC is looking into the Amazon/Apple deal that kicked many small resellers off Marketplace, has interviewed at least one reseller of refurbished MacBooks  —  Experts say the deal raises serious antitrust concerns  —  Last year, Amazon cut a deal with Apple to bring direct iPhone sales to its platform for the first time.
Zen Soo / South China Morning Post:
Hong Kong startup Tink Labs, which has raised $160M to provide free-to-use smartphones in hotel rooms, is shutting down in many markets, undergoing mass layoffs  —  Handy is a smartphone service operated by Tink Labs that equipped hotels globally with in-room handsets for guests Tink Labs informed employees …
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
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.
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.
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.

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