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September 4, 2019, 10:10 AM

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CNBC:
Google will pay a $170M fine to the FTC and the New York Attorney General to settle claims that it violated child privacy laws on YouTube  —  KEY POINTS  — Google marketed itself as the “leader” for content for children ages 6 through 11, the allegations claim.
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 …
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Basecamp CEO: Google's practice of letting rivals pay for ads that appear ahead of their brand in organic results is a shakedown and like paying ransom  —  KEY POINTS  — The CEO of web-based project management tool company Basecamp sounds off on Google's search ad practices in a now-viral tweet.
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.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Android 10 launched on Wednesday, 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 …
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Razer updates Blade Stealth ultrabook gaming line with Intel 10th-gen CPUs, Nvidia GTX 1650, 16GB DDR4 RAM, starting at $1,500, available end of September  —  For years, Razer has been chasing the specter of a truly ultraportable gaming laptop with its Blade Stealth line …
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.
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.

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AWS Startups:
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TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson joins Disrupt SF to talk about US crewed spaceflight  —  The space race is back on, but this time it's closer to home: A number of U.S. companies are vying to become …
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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