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September 13, 2019, 7:50 AM

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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 …
Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook takes down fact-check of anti-abortion video after complaints from four GOP senators alleging bias; Facebook's fact-checking partner is investigating  —  Facebook on Wednesday removed a fact-check conducted by doctors of an anti-abortion activist's video, which falsely claimed abortion …
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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Google Photos starts rolling out Memories, a tool that brings back old photos and videos on their anniversaries in an Instagram Stories-like format  —  A new feature to help you reminisce, plus same-day printing  —  Google Photos is adding features to encourage reminiscing …
Michael del Castillo / Forbes:
Dapper Labs, developer of CryptoKitties, raises $11.2M from a16z, Warner Music Group, and others for its proof-of-stake, high transaction volume blockchain Flow  —  Now that Warner Music Group has mastered streaming, generating $2 billion in revenue from the technology, the music giant behind Cardi B …
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’
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
AT&T's WarnerMedia signs an exclusive five-year deal with J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot for TV, film, and streaming projects; sources: deal is worth ~$250M  —  Bad Robot, the production company he runs with his wife and co-CEO, Katie McGrath, will now have all of its divisions …
Lindsey O'Donnell / Threatpost:
Researchers: “SimJacker”, a widespread SIM card-based vulnerability, is being exploited by a private actor “that works with governments to monitor individuals”  —  A vulnerability discovered in mobile SIM cards is being actively exploited to track phone owners' locations …
Alan Ohnsman / Forbes:
Self-driving car startup Voyage, the Udacity spinoff operating taxi fleets in two retirement communities, raises $31M Series B led by Franklin Templeton  —  Voyage, a Silicon Valley self-driving vehicle startup focused on using the technology to provide transportation at retirement communities …
Lauren Debter / Forbes:
Direct-to-consumer dental startup SmileDirectClub closes down 28% on its first day of trading, after raising $1.35B in its IPO at a $9B valuation  —  SmileDirectClub raised $1.35 billion in an initial public offering on Thursday, defying challenges from dentists and regulators and cementing …

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