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August 26, 2019, 2:20 AM

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Freedom to Tinker:
Chrome team's idea for a new, but still cookie-based, anti-tracking standard is technically disingenuous and aimed at protecting Google's business interests  —  By Jonathan Mayer and Arvind Narayanan.  —  Blocking cookies is bad for privacy.  That's the new disingenuous argument from Google …
Marlize van Romburgh / Silicon Valley Business Journal:
Trump's tweets “ordering” US companies to look for alternatives to China rattled tech stocks on Friday, 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 …
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Megvii, a China-based facial recognition focused startup, files for a Hong Kong IPO; Megvii has raised $750M, reportedly at a $4B valuation, earlier this year  —  KEY POINTS  —  An attendee uses his smartphone to record a facial-recognition demonstration on himself at the Beijing Megvii Co. booth …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pew study: smartphone users in emerging markets have more diverse social networks than those without smartphones  —  The latest study from Pew Research Center takes a look at the impact mobile technology, including the use of smartphones and social media, is having on the diversity of people's social network in emerging markets.
Antonia Hitchens / Wired:
Profile of Carla Engelbrecht, the director of product innovation at Netflix, whose experiments with interactive kids programs were a precursor to Bandersnatch  —  EARLIER THIS YEAR, Carla Engelbrecht flew to Phoenix, sat on the couch in a stranger's living room, and observed the stranger watching …
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Tech Nation report: investments in UK tech startups hit a record $6.7B in the seven months of 2019, exceeding the total amount of investment in all of 2018  —  Foreign investment in UK tech startups booms but tech job openings take a dive.  —  The UK's tech sector has attracted $6.7bn …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
A graphic look at a columnist's web activity during a typical workday shows how websites and tech firms track users via tracking scripts, unique IDs, and more  —  Earlier this year, an editor working on The Times's Privacy Project asked me whether I'd be interested in having all my digital activity tracked …

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