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September 12, 2019, 1:30 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Slack launches a dark mode for macOS, Windows, and Linux, with dark mode variants of all existing sidebar themes and a new “Nocturne” dark mode theme  —  Updated dark mode themes are available today  —  Slack is introducing a new dark mode for desktop versions of its workplace chat app.
Richard Gingras / The Keyword:
Google says it changed how it ranks stories and updated guidelines for evaluation of search results to help better identify and surface original news reporting  —  Google Search was built to provide everyone access to information on the web—and with tens of thousands of web pages …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber says drivers will remain contractors under AB5, as they aren't core to its business which serves as a platform for several types of digital marketplaces  —  The ride-hail company shrugs off a new bill in California, but legal challenges loom  —  Uber won't be reclassifying its drivers …
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Anthony Cuthbertson / The Independent:
French Economy and Finance Minister says the country will block the development of Facebook's Libra in the EU as it poses a threat to “monetary sovereignty”  —  French Finance Minister says: ‘We cannot authorise the development of Libra on European soil’
Jared Newman / Fast Company:
Amazon launches Alexa Answers, a crowdsourcing platform that lets any user answer questions asked by other users, in the US  —  The Alexa Answers crowdsourcing platform is now open to everyone in the United States.  Amazon says it has measures in place to prevent misuse.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Apple, Facebook, and Google did not sign a letter from 145 CEOs, including those of Lyft, Twitter, Airbnb, and Uber, urging Senate action on gun violence  —  “Doing nothing about America's gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable," the corporate chiefs urged senators in a letter.
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Seattle-based Swiftly, which develops tech offerings for supermarkets to help with compete with Amazon and Walmart, raises $15.6M seed round  —  Swiftly raised a $15.6 million seed round to help grocery stores and other retailers up their technology offerings to keep up with Amazon and Walmart.
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Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Profile of Daniel Dines, the CEO of robotic process automation company UiPath, which has 3,000+ employees around the world and generated $155M revenue in 2018  —  The man who at once epitomizes the hottest new growth area in tech and the burgeoning hopes for entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe twirls …
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Hands-on with the HTC Vive Cosmos VR headset, which ships on October 3 for $699 with a trial subscription to Viveport Infinity, HTC's unlimited game service  —  In 2016, HTC revealed the Vive VR headset to the world.  In the years since, HTC has released several versions, like the Vive Pro …

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