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October 27, 2019, 9:15 PM

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New York Times:
How NYC, where 1.5M packages are delivered daily, is dealing with worsening congestion, road safety, and pollution, exacerbated by the rise of online commerce  —  The push for convenience is having a stark impact on gridlock, roadway safety and pollution in New York City and urban areas around the world.
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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Pentagon awards $10B JEDI cloud contract to Microsoft over Amazon  —  Microsoft has emerged victorious in a dramatic competition for public cloud resources for the U.S. Defense Department, beating out market leader Amazon Web Services, the Pentagon said on Friday.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Zuckerberg struggles to explain why Facebook News' “trusted” sources include Breitbart News, says Facebook wants “to include a breadth of content in there”  —  On Friday morning, Facebook announced its plan to spend millions of dollars on high-quality journalism …
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Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
Study: researchers say an algorithm widely used in the US healthcare system to assess medical needs for millions of people is biased against black patients  —  A series of studies argue that by focusing on costs as a proxy for health, risk algorithms are ignoring the racial inequalities in healthcare access.
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Facebook AI Research says it has created a system that can modify human faces in live video feeds to thwart state-of-the-art facial recognition software  —  Facebook AI Research says it has created a machine learning system for de-identification of individuals in video.
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Facebook took down ad by a PAC, which falsely claimed Sen. Graham supports Green New Deal, says it will fact-check ads from political groups but not politicians  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Saturday that it had removed an ad which falsely claimed that U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham supported …
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
New York-based Blueground, a platform that leases apartments and upgrades them with various tech gadgets for long-term corporate rentals, raises $50M Series B  —  New York-based Blueground, a tech-equipped apartment rental company, announced today it has raised $50 million in a Series B round co-led by WestCap and Prime Ventures.
Justin Villamil / Bloomberg:
Stripe launches in Mexico, three weeks after the country's central bank launched CoDi, a mobile payments system that lets consumers make payments using QR codes  —  Mobile payment startup Stripe Inc. began operations in Mexico, three weeks after after the launch of a similar central bank-backed system aimed …
Carl Miller / BBC:
Profile of vTaiwan online service, created after 2014 protests, to help groups of people with different interests achieve consensus to guide new regulations  —  There is one thing that practically everyone can agree on: politics has become bitterly divided.

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