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September 25, 2019, 1:20 PM

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Google AI Blog:
Google has released a dataset of ~3,000 deepfake videos to help researchers develop deepfake detection techniques  —  Deep learning has given rise to technologies that would have been thought impossible only a handful of years ago.  Modern generative models are one example of these …
Laura Kayali / Politico:
Google refuses to pay publishers in France, first to apply EU's copyright law, will only show headlines and thumbnails, unless publisher asks to add previews  —  The announcement pours cold water on publishers' hopes of getting more money from Google after an EU reform of online copyright law.
The Verge:
Live blog of Amazon's fall hardware event, where new Alexa devices, including Echos, are expected  —  ‘Alexa, show me a thousand Echo devices’  —  For the third year in a row, Amazon is holding a fall event to showcase its newest Echo (and other) hardware ahead of the holiday season.
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Leaked TikTok content moderation guidelines reveal how it censors videos mentioning Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence, or Falun Gong  —  Leak spells out how social media app advances China's foreign policy aims  —  TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned social network …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
eBay announces CEO Devin Wenig is leaving the company and appoints CFO Scott Schenkel as interim CEO  —  Online commerce giant eBay has announced that CEO, president, and company director Devin Wenig is leaving the company, with former chief financial officer (CFO) Scott Schenkel stepping in to the hotseat on an interim basis.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Kuo: 2020 iPhones will have a new metal frame structure similar to iPhone 4 to reduce the negative impact of metal on the efficiency of the internal antenna  —  Apple will unveil redesigned iPhones next year that boast a new metal frame structure reminiscent of the iPhone 4 …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
FTC sues Match Group, alleging Match.com connected daters with accounts known to be fake to get them to subscribe, leading to 499,691 new subscriptions  —  The FTC says more than 400,000 people subscribed because of these fraud messages  —  Match.com may have connected non-paying daters …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it doesn't fact-check politicians' speech or block their content, generally assuming it is newsworthy, even if it violates Facebook policies  —  Facebook confirms it won't fact-check politicians' speech or block their content if it's newsworthy even if it violates the site's hatespeech rules or other policies.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft opens registrations for public preview of Project xCloud, coming in October to US, UK, and Korea, starting with Android devices  —  Available in the coming weeks in the US, UK, and Korea  —  Microsoft is starting to accept registrations for its upcoming Project xCloud game streaming preview.
Michael Muchmore / PCMag:
Adobe launches Fresco, an iPad app for painting that supports oil, watercolor, and vectors, with a limited version available for non-Creative Cloud users  —  Adobe today announced the availability of its much-anticipated iPad drawing app, Fresco, which supports the Apple Pencil and uses AI …
Anna Wiener / New Yorker:
An excerpt from “Uncanny Valley”, a memoir on the aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment of Silicon Valley startup culture  —  Life in Silicon Valley during the dawn of the unicorns.  —  Depending on whom you ask, 2012 represented the apex, the inflection point …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann is resigning as CEO, will be nonexecutive chairman of We Co.; source: his voting shares will be reduced in power from 10:1 to 3:1  —  - WeWork CEO Adam Neumann will step down but retain his seat as nonexecutive chairman, the company says.
Joseph Marks / Washington Post:
Lawmakers say the White House has been withholding details of its offensive hacking strategy used for cyber warfare for over a year  —  The Trump administration is blocking Congress from auditing a secret hacking policy it has already used for cyberattacks on Russia and Iran …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Azure Sentinel, Microsoft's cloud-based security information and event management service, hits general availability, with prices starting at $2.46 per GB  —  Pricing starts at $2.46 per gigabyte (GB) of ingested data.  —  Microsoft today took Azure Sentinel out of public preview …
Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:
Austin-based ZenBusiness, which develops a platform to help entrepreneurs launch companies, raises $15M Series A led by Greycroft  —  There are two sides to starting a new business.  On one side, entrepreneurs need creativity, imagination — a dream, essentially — to find, build, and market a new product to users and consumers.
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Samsung: 44% of viewers switch back and forth from streaming to linear TV; 45% of viewing time is spent on streaming, of which 40% is spent on ad-supported VOD  —  Consumers switching from linear to streaming  —  While the number of consumers watching streaming video has grown to 74% …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Report: analysis of ~2,000 malware samples attributed to Russian state-sponsored hacking groups shows that the groups rarely share code with one another  —  A first-of-its-kind research project highlights the connections between nearly 2,000 samples of Russian APT malware.
CBS Pittsburgh:
Google contract workers in Pittsburgh, employed by IT services provider HCL, vote to join the United Steelworkers union in a 49 vs 24 vote  —  PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - About 80 contracted Google employees voted to join the United Steelworkers union.  —  The workers voted in favor of unionization …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Duda, which offers a cloud-based website building platform for digital agencies, raises $25M from Susquehanna Growth Equity, bringing its total raised to $50M  —  WordPress last week secured its position as a top dog in the world of web development when its parent company Automattic announced …
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