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September 23, 2019, 8:45 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: several WeWork directors, including SoftBank members, plan to push for Adam Neumann to step down as CEO  —  SoftBank officials are among those expected to push for Neumann ouster  —  A bloc of WeWork directors is planning to push Adam Neumann to step down as chief executive …
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Viral selfie app ImageNet Roulette demos biases in AI by surfacing labels applied by anonymous workers to a database of 14M photos, used to train AI for 9 years  —  ImageNet Roulette, a digital art project and viral selfie app, exposes how biases have crept into the artificial-intelligence technologies changing our lives.
Nino Tasca / The Keyword:
Google says it doesn't retain Assistant audio recordings by default and it is increasing privacy protections for the transcription process used with a small set  —  Senior Product Manager, Google Assistant  —  We believe you should be able to easily understand how your data is used and why …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
A look at Peloton, which may raise $1.2B in this week's IPO and sells $2.3K iPad-equipped stationary bikes and $40/mo. cycling video subscriptions to 510K+ subs  —  13 reasons this bike has a cult  —  It makes lazy people like me work out.  That's the genius of the Peloton bicycle.
Matt Sheehan / ReinsuranceNe.ws:
Vouch Insurance, an online platform offering insurance policies tailored for early-stage tech start-ups, raises $24.5M Series A  —  Vouch Insurance, a new insurance company focused on early stage tech start-ups, has announced its launch, with capacity for its policies to be provided by Munich Re.
James V. Grimaldi / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: anti-Amazon “grass roots” non-profit FFMI, which actively lobbies and influences media op-eds, is funded by Walmart, Oracle, other Amazon competitors  —  Walmart, Oracle and mall owner Simon Property Group are secret funders behind a nonprofit that has been highly critical of the e-commerce giant
Joanna Glasner / Crunchbase News:
The number of $5M+ seed rounds in the US has risen steadily, from 45 in 2014 to 180 in 2018, but the trend may be cooling off, with 110 such rounds in 2019 YTD  —  Here at Crunchbase News, we've devoted a lot of coverage to the rise of supergiant rounds — our term for startup investments of $100 million and up.

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Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.
Mattermost:
The ultimate guide to team messaging for developers  —  Modern collaboration platforms make dev teams more efficient, but only if you use them well.  Learn how with our guide to developer messaging.

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