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August 21, 2019, 4:10 PM

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Reuters:
Sources: Alibaba has delayed its listing in Hong Kong, which had been slated for late August and aimed to raise $10B-$15B, amid growing political unrest  —  HONG KONG/NEW YORK (Reuters) - China's biggest e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has delayed its up to $15 billion listing …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Microsoft contractors say they listened to recordings, including accidentally invoked ones, of Xbox users, many of them children, to improve voice command tech  —  Multiple contractors working for Microsoft explain how they listened to audio captured by Xbox consoles.
Amrita Khalid / Engadget:
Google and Mozilla say they will block the root certificate issued by the Kazakhstan government, which could be used to monitor users, in Chrome and Firefox  —  Google and Mozilla are taking action against the government of Kazakhstan's efforts to launch a surveillance operation against its own citizens.
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Intel unveils 10th-gen Comet Lake CPUs with up to 6 cores for thin and light laptops, based on its Skylake CPU architecture and 14nm process  —  Capping off a busy few weeks for processors for Intel, today the company is announcing the second half of their product stack for their low-power 10th generation Core processors.
Washington Post:
Apple is delaying its plans to limit third-party tracking and ads in kids' apps, which it planned to implement in Sept., after some developers raised concerns  —  Apple plans to change the rules it has for kids apps, raising concerns among some app developers about the way the tech giant wields power unilaterally over its App Store.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook debuts first findings from conservative bias audit led by former GOP senator, says it influenced policy changes like creating a content oversight board  —  Facebook will release the findings of a roughly year-long conservative bias audit Tuesday, along with changes to its advertising policies …
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
LinkedIn says it blocked or removed 21.6M fake accounts in the first half 2019, of which 19.5M were blocked at the registration stage  —  LinkedIn blocked or removed 21.6 million fake accounts on its platform from January to June of this year, a sign that the Microsoft-owned social network …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google says it has started rolling out AI-powered real-time spelling and grammar check features on Gmail for all G Suite users  —  Ever been stumped by spelling or sentence syntax while pecking out an email to colleagues?  Fortunately for G Suite users, Google will soon introduce improved spelling …
TechCrunch:
A roundup of the 82 companies that launched at Y Combinator's Summer 2019 Demo Day 2, including logistics, e-commerce, real estate, and crypto startups  —  Team TechCrunch was back for Day 2 of Y Combinator's Summer 2019 Demo Days where we heard from another massive chunk of startups …

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AWS Startups:
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TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Y Combinator's Michael Seibel, Ali Rowghani to reveal new YC top 100 list at Disrupt SF  —  CEO Michael Seibel will be joining us on stage at Disrupt SF this year, along with Ali Rowghani, the CEO of its Continuity growth fund …

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