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September 6, 2019, 4:30 AM

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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.”
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
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 …
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Amazon confirms it has started testing the “New” badge to highlight newly released products in “select markets for certain customers”  —  KEY POINTS  — It's still unclear what criteria is used for the badges on Amazon, which give sellers a significant advantage on the marketplace.
More: Business InsiderThanks:@mattrosoff
Bloomberg:
Sources: Palantir has approached several major investors, like SoftBank, about a large funding round as it postpones its expected 2020 IPO until 2022 or 2023  —  - Peter Thiel's data company in talks with non-U.S. investors  — IPO could be postposend until 2022 or 2023, sources say
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Samsung says it is canceling all Galaxy Fold pre-orders placed online through Samsung and will offer customers $250 credit for the Samsung store  —  Customers will get a $250 store credit as a consolation  —  Samsung may have finally fixed the Galaxy Fold and confirmed new release dates …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Sally Floyd, one of the inventors of Random Early Detection (RED), which helps regulate network traffic, died on August 25 at age 69  —  In the early 1990s, Dr. Floyd was one of the inventors of Random Early Detection, which continues to play a vital role in the stability of the internet.

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