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August 13, 2019, 8:55 AM

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Ursula Perano / Axios:
WordPress.com owner Automattic says it will buy Tumblr from Verizon, take on ~200 staffers, and keep the porn ban; source says Automattic paid less than $10M  —  Verizon is set to sell the social network Tumblr to Automattic Inc, the owner of blog site and publishing tool Wordpress, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
Interviews with 47 former and current employees about the past three years at Google reveal fear of the far right, activist awakening, weaponized leaks, more  —  ON A BRIGHT Monday in January 2017, at 2:30 in the afternoon, about a thousand Google employees—horrified, alarmed, and a little giddy …
New York Times:
How YouTube radicalized Brazil, diverting users to conspiracy and far-right channels, elevating Bolsonaro's party, and possibly creating a public health crisis  —  NITERÓI, Brazil — When Matheus Dominguez was 16, YouTube recommended a video that changed his life.
Daniel Palmer / CoinDesk:
Coinbase tells UK customers to convert their Zcash to other coins or move it to external wallets, otherwise it will automatically convert to pounds on Aug. 26  —  The U.K. arm of Coinbase appears to be dropping support for the privacy-focused cryptocurrency zcash.
Brad Sams / Thurrott:
Microsoft says the next planned major update for Minecraft, the Super Duper Graphics Pack update, is “too technically demanding” and has been canceled  —  Back at E3 2017, Micorosft showed off what was going to be the next major update for Minecraft.
HuffPost:
Since YouTube changed its recommendation algorithm in January to deprioritize conspiracy theories, monthly views of Fox News' YouTube channel more than tripled  —  Conspiracy channels all over the platform are funneling increased traffic to Fox.  —  Early this year, YouTube adjusted …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Johnson Controls' GLAS thermostat, debuted as a Cortana-powered device in 2018, is being updated to remove Cortana, instead offering Alexa and Google Assistant  —  The GLAS smart thermostat was to be Cortana's big expansion in the connected home, but the stylish glass HVAC controller …
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
Uniphore Software Systems, which aims to use AI in call centers for faster and more personalized customer support, raises $51M  —  An Indian startup that aims to use artificial intelligence to deliver faster and more personalized customer support for corporate clients is raising $51 million …
More: VentureBeat and FinSMEs
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Attentive raises $40M Series B led by Sequoia for its mobile messaging tools for retailers  —  Attentive, a startup helping retailers personalize their mobile messages, is announcing that it has raised $40 million in Series B funding.  —  The startup was founded by Brian Long and Andrew Jones …

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