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December 9, 2019, 11:10 PM

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Shenaz Zack / The Keyword:
Google says it will add new features to Pixels in “feature drops”, starting this month with auto call screening on Pixel 4, a post-snap portrait mode, and more  —  Your phone should get better over time.  Your Pixel automatically updates regularly with fixes and improvements.
Gregory Barber / Wired:
Analysis shows five cities, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, San Diego, and Boston, gained the lion's share of “innovation industry” US jobs from 2005 to 2017  —  Five coastal cities—San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, San Diego, and Boston—gained the lion's share of lucrative “innovation industry” jobs from 2005 to 2017.
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Oculus Quest becomes the first VR set with native hand tracking, available to users as an experimental feature this week and with an SDK for devs next week  —  Goes live “this week;” promising October tease has us cautiously optimistic.  —  3 with  Starting this week …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google brings incognito mode for Google Maps, where users' activity is not saved to their Google Account, to iOS  —  Soon, iOS users will be able to tap Google Maps for navigation and location searches without revealing their personal data.  In a blog post, Google today announced that Incognito Mode …
Yuan Yang / Financial Times:
GitHub COO says the company is considering a China-based branch as Chinese developers worry about losing access to open-source software amid US sanctions  —  GitHub, the world's biggest software development platform, is looking to open a subsidiary in China, as the Chinese government tries …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook ads with millions of views have pushed misinfo about HIV prevention drugs; LGBT advocates say FB's refusal to take them down is harming public health  —  Fifty-two top LGBT advocates say the company has ignored their calls to action, creating a major public-health concern that puts patients at risk.
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
The Archive Team, which wants to save Yahoo Groups content by uploading it to Internet Archive, says Verizon has blocked the email addresses of its volunteers  —  Verizon says the archivists it has blocked breached its terms of service.  —  Verizon, which bought Yahoo In 2017 …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
TikTok posts a list of videos, makers, memes, dance trends, more that shaped the fastest-growing platform in 2019, and its North America chief talks TikTok fame  —  TikTok says it's ready to help its stars get rich.  —  TikTok has released the TikTok 100, a year-in-review list that names the top videos …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
752,000+ applications for US birth certificate copies are exposed on AWS; neither Amazon nor the firm that collected the data took it down after being alerted  —  An online company that allows users to obtain a copy of their birth and death certificates from U.S. state governments has exposed …

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