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September 3, 2019, 8:55 PM

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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.
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.
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.
YouTube Blog:
YouTube has removed 100K+ videos and 17K channels for hate speech, ~5x more than in Q1, since implementing changes to its hateful content policies in June  —  Over the past several years, we've redoubled our efforts to live up to our responsibility while preserving the power of an open platform.
Sohee Kim / Bloomberg:
Sources: Samsung plans to unveil a 6.7-inch phone, which will shrink to a pocketable square when folded inward like a clamshell, early next year  —  - Coming in 2020, it will close inward like a classic flip phone  — Collaboration with designer Thom Browne to push luxury appeal
Ari Levy / CNBC:
SoftBank is $600M+ underwater on its early-2018 Uber investment as the stock hits an all-time low; because of a CFIUS review, it may not get board seats  —  KEY POINTS  — SoftBank backed Uber in early 2018, buying shares from existing investors for $48.77 a piece and purchasing new shares at just under $33.
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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 …
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 …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google finally adds a setting to block automatic image loading on its iOS Gmail app, giving users the ability to more easily block unwanted email tracking  —  The setting will let you block unwanted email tracking  —  Google today added a new setting to the iOS version of its Gmail app …
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