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September 4, 2019, 12:25 PM

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CNBC:
Google will pay a $136M fine to the FTC and $34M to 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.
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
Web browser Brave hands evidence to Irish data regulator showing Google uses hidden webpages to pass personal data of users to advertisers, undercutting GDPR  —  Google is secretly using hidden web pages that feed the personal data of its users to advertisers, undermining its own policies …
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.
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 …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Mozilla says its WebExtensions API (Manifest) v3 updates in Firefox won't follow Google's implementation that hindered ad blockers  —  Like Brave, Opera, and Vivaldi, Mozilla distances itself from Google's planned extensions update that is anticipated to hinder ad blockers in Chrome.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Medical groups say the new federal data-sharing rules, allowing patients to access health records through apps, lack strong data protections to preserve privacy  —  Americans may soon be able to get their medical records through smartphone apps as easily as they order takeout food from Seamless or catch a ride from Lyft.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Ginger, which provides an app-based employee mental health platform, raises $35M Series C led by WP Global Partners, bringing its total raised to $63M  —  Mental health issues are thought to impact one in every five people in the US, and the stress of working life can be an exacerbating factor.

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Smartsheet:
Smartsheet makes Deloitte Fast 500 List  —  For the fifth year in a row, Smartsheet ranks on the list of the fastest-growing companies in North America.
Zoho:
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Google Cloud:
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Intel:
Here's why gamers should go with a processor that has high IPC and can hit the highest frequencies  —  Adding core count for core count's sake does not create a better gaming experience
Mattermost:
How is Mattermost different from Slack?  —  Learn why Mattermost is the #1 open source Slack alternative.

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