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September 5, 2019, 10:35 PM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Dating launches in the US as an opt-in feature integrated with Instagram, for users 18 and over, with a separate profile  —  Are Americans ready to trust Facebook with their dating life?  Barely more than a month has passed since the U.S. Federal Trade Commission fined Facebook …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple launches a public beta of Apple Music on the web, available to all subscribers worldwide  —  Apple Music is coming to the web.  Apple today is launching a public beta of its popular music streaming service on the web, which will be available to all Apple Music subscribers worldwide.
Klint Finley / Wired:
Facebook, Microsoft, the Partnership on AI, and seven universities launch the “Deepfake Detection Challenge” to encourage better ways of detecting deepfakes  —  Deepfakes are improving.  The contest, which will include deepfakes created by Facebook, is designed to help researchers keep up.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google unveils Assistant Ambient mode that turns docked Android phones and tablets into smart displays with calendar info, weather, smart home controls, more  —  Why does Google make everything twice?  —  Today at IFA, Google is announcing a new feature for Google Assistant: Ambient Mode.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is developing in-screen fingerprint tech to work alongside Face ID for its 2020/2021 iPhones and a low-cost 4.7-inch iPhone for H1 2020  —  - Company previously replaced fingerprint sensing with Face ID  — New low-cost iPhone in the works for first half of next year
MIT Technology Review:
MIT Media Lab founder and former director Nicholas Negroponte defends Joi Ito's decision to accept Epstein's money post Epstein's 2008 conviction  —  At an internal meeting, Nicholas Negroponte shocked some people with his comments on funding from the alleged sex trafficker.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google is open sourcing its differential privacy library, which it uses to securely draw insights from data sets containing sensitive user information  —  Google is making differential privacy available to anyone  —  Google today announced that it is open-sourcing its so-called differential privacy library …
Bloomberg:
Sources: WeWork is considering seeking a valuation of ~$20B-$30B in its US IPO, marking a significant reduction from an earlier valuation of $47B  —  - Valuation would be a step down from earlier $47 billion  — IPO plans have received criticism for ‘obfuscating’ details
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Sonos announces its first portable speaker, the $399 Sonos Move with WiFi and Bluetooth and support for Google Assistant, Alexa, AirPlay 2, and Spotify Connect  —  Sonos finally has a speaker that you can take out of your house  —  Sonos is finally jumping into the world of portable speakers.
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
YouTube launches a fashion vertical, aggregating the platform's fashion content into one place, as it seeks to expand in the industry  —  The video platform woos the style set.  Will it work?  —  It's not a “collabo.”  It's a “collab.”  And it's pronounced “/kəˌlab.”
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Pew Research Center:
Pew study of 4,272 US adults: 86% have heard about facial recognition tech, 56% trust law enforcement to use it responsibly compared to 36% for tech companies  —  The ability of governments and law enforcement agencies to monitor the public using facial recognition was once the province of dystopian science fiction.
Jane Manchun Wong:
Medium's app code shows the company is working on an Instapaper-like reader app function that would let users save articles from the web to a reading list  —  When Medium was first launched, it stood out among other blogging platforms for its minimalist design.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Stripe launches Stripe Capital, a service for advancing loans to customers that get repaid out of future sales made through Stripe's platform, in the US  —  A year ago we broke the news that payment giant Stripe was quietly making its first move into business finance by testing a service for advancing cash to existing customers.

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