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September 3, 2019, 3:50 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Hackers breach the forum of the popular webcomic XKCD, stealing around 560,000 usernames, hashed passwords, email addresses, and IP addresses  —  The data breach affected 560,000 users.  —  Hackers have breached the forum of the popular webcomic XKCD, stealing around 560,000 usernames …
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