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October 28, 2019, 4:30 AM

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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.
Ben Dreyfuss / Mother Jones:
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.
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 …
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, a platform created after the 2014 Taiwan protests to deliberate politically contentious issues and break legislative deadlock  —  There is one thing that practically everyone can agree on: politics has become bitterly divided.  —  Whether it is the daily Brexit face-offs …
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.
Celia Chen / South China Morning Post:
Rural China added 3M internet users in the first half of 2019, bringing the total number to 225M, or 26% of China's total internet population  —  Rural China added 3 million more internet users in the first half, taking the total number to 225 million, or 26.3 per cent of the country's total …
CoinDesk:
Sources: after SEC injunction, Telegram Open Network ICO investors extended the deadline for the TON token launch from the end of October to April 30  —  Investors in Telegram's blockchain project have opted to stick with the firm despite the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) …

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