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August 24, 2019, 6:15 AM

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Marlize van Romburgh / Silicon Valley Business Journal:
Trump's tweets “ordering” US companies to start looking for an alternative to China rattle tech stocks, with Apple closing down 4.6%, Amazon 3.1%, and AMD 7.4%  —  Shares of Apple and Silicon Valley's semiconductor companies were pummeled on Friday as President Trump responded …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Academics are still waiting to receive key data originally promised in 2018 from Facebook, which has declined to provide some of the data citing privacy fears  —  In 2018, Facebook announced a partnership to provide data to academics to “help people better understand the broader impact …
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
In a leaked letter from members of Twitter's Trust and Safety Council, formed in 2016 to provide outside advice on policy, some say they're being ignored  —  AT THE BEGINNING of 2016, Twitter announced some good news: the formation of the Trust and Safety Council, comprised of more than 40 outside groups …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Netflix says it is testing “Collections” on iOS that are curated by experts on the company's creative teams based on factors like genre, tone, and story line  —  Netflix is testing a new way to help users find TV shows and movies they'll want to watch with the launch of a …
Edgar Alvarez / Engadget:
A first look at the Disney+ app that Disney says will offer a heavily curated and personalized experience for users with a combination of human editors and AI  —  Disney isn't holding anything back at its D23 Expo.  The company kicked off the event on Thursday with a couple of major reveals …
Matt Kim / IGN:
Riot Games has settled for an undisclosed sum a class action lawsuit alleging gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation for speaking out  —  The suit alleged targeted discrimination against women who worked at Riot.  —  Riot Games has settled the class action lawsuit …
Wall Street Journal:
Investigation finds 4,152 items on Amazon that were declared unsafe by federal agencies, are deceptively labeled, or are banned by regulators  —  Just like tech companies that have struggled to tackle misinformation on their platforms, Amazon has proven unable or unwilling to effectively police third-party sellers on its site
Claire Wardle / Scientific American:
Misinformation, spread by exploiting our eagerness to share content without thinking, has created a “new world disorder” that we need to safeguard against  —  Our willingness to share content without thinking is exploited to spread disinformation By Claire Wardle |
Ayanti Bera / Reuters:
Seven top US publishers sue Audible, aiming to block the planned rollout of Captions, a new feature that shows text on screen as a book is narrated  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's (AMZN.O) Audible was sued by some of the top U.S. publishers for copyright infringement on Friday …
Emma Grey Ellis / Wired:
Seattle Police Department has maintained an anti-swatting registry since last October, allowing people who fear being swatted give the police advance warning  —  SWAT TEAMS, IN full military protective gear and armed with assault rifles, are being deployed against innocent, unsuspecting citizens all over the United States.
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Google says it has shut down 210 YouTube channels after it found they had been tied to misinformation about Hong Kong protesters  —  KEY POINTS  — In a blog post Thursday, Google said it axed more than 200 YouTube channels due to misinformation around Hong Kong protests.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: Uber's $1 Safe Rides Fee, introduced in 2014, was devised primarily to add $1 of pure margin to each trip; court documents: the fee brought in ~$500M  —  The once-swaggering company is losing more money and growing more slowly than ever.  What happened?
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Strategy Analytics: US users upgrade smartphones after 33 months, 7% plan to spend over $1K on their next purchase, biggest barrier to 5G phones will be price  —  Several reports in the past have linked the increasing prices of smartphones to lengthening iPhone upgrade cycles.
Tony Wan / EdSurge:
Educational robotic toymaker Sphero acquires littleBits, a maker of electronics building kits and instructional resources for kids  —  When Sphero laid off 45 employees in early 2018, the Boulder, Co.-based company explained the difficult decision as an effort to return its focus …

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