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September 4, 2019, 1:45 AM

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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Sources: more than half of the state attorneys general in the US are preparing an antitrust investigation into Google, scheduled to be announced on September 9  —  More than half of the nation's state attorneys generals are preparing to announce an antitrust investigation into Google next week.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Android 10 launches today, with the update available to all Pixel phones  —  After six betas over six months, the newest version of Android is finally out.  —  Android 10 is finally finished!  The next big Android update, which we've been examining for most of the year as the “Android Q Beta,” starts rolling out to devices today.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Firefox 69 arrives and now blocks third-party tracking cookies, fingerprinting, and cryptomining by default  —  Mozilla today launched Firefox 69 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.  Firefox 69 blocks third-party tracking cookies and cryptomining by default.
Facebook:
Facebook says its facial recognition tech will no longer identify new users in their photos by default; all users can now opt out via a Face Recognition setting  —  Facebook has always given you control over whether we use face recognition technology to recognize you in photos.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Flaws found in Supermicro motherboards could let hackers remotely mount virtual USB drives; patch issued, but 47,000+ potentially exposed devices found online  —  A newly disclosed vulnerability in Supermicro hardware brings the threat of malicious USBs to corporate servers.
Ravie Lakshmanan / The Next Web:
Report: scammers used commercially available voice-generating AI software to impersonate a German company's boss, tricking a manager into transferring $243K  —  It's already getting tough to discern real text from fake, genuine video from deepfake.  Now, it appears that use of fake voice tech is on the rise too.
Nicolas Vega / New York Post:
Sources: Amazon is testing a biometric payment system that identifies and charges users by scanning their hand, with first Whole Foods deployments by next year  —  Forget the titanium Apple Card — Amazon's latest payment method uses flesh and blood.  —  The e-tailing giant's engineers …
Tami Abdollah / Associated Press:
Facebook says DHS policy that allows agents to create fake profiles to monitor foreigners are against company's rules requiring use of real names for accounts  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would be violating the company's rules …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Zero-day exploit broker Zerodium increases the price of a “zero-click” exploit chain for Android to $2.5M, eclipsing iOS' top prize for the first time  —  Exploit broker Zerodium increases zero-day prices for Android, now worth more than iOS.  —  Zerodium, a company which claims …
Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
Huawei says, without evidence, that the US targeted its networks with cyberattacks, and that FBI agents have pressed Huawei staffers at home for info on Huawei  —  BEIJING — The Chinese technology giant Huawei said on Tuesday, without providing evidence, that the United States government …

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