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December 11, 2019, 6:30 PM

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@jack:
Twitter is funding bluesky, an independent effort to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media, with the goal of Twitter being a client of it  —  Twitter is funding a small independent team of up to five open source architects, engineers, and designers to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media. The goal is for Twitter to ultimately be a client of this standard. 🧵
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
YouTube bans videos that “maliciously insult” people based on their race, gender, or sex, and will remove some of Steven Crowder's videos targeting Carlos Maza  —  The change comes after controversy around a right-wing comedian's homophobic slurs aimed at a gay Latino journalist.
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Twitter now lets users upload iOS Live Photos as GIFs, will preserve original JPEG quality for web uploads  —  In another update to how Twitter handles photos, the company today shared the news that users can upload Live Photos from iPhone or iPad and they will show as GIFs on the social media platform.
The Verge:
A rundown of the 100 gadgets that defined the 2010s, shaped first by the smartphone wars before branching off into new categories  —  The 100 gadgets that made a difference and defined the 2010s  —  Illustrations by Alex Castro and Grayson Blackmon  —  The story of technology in the 2010s …
Bloomberg:
Investigation details how Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook handle voice assistant transcriptions, relying heavily on contractors and downplaying user privacy  —  Ruthy Hope Slatis couldn't believe what she was hearing.  She'd been hired by a temp agency outside Boston for a vague job …
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Facebook confirms that a bug caused tens of thousands of now restored ads to disappear from its political ad library, days before UK's general election  —  London (CNN Business)Tens of thousands of political ads went missing from Facebook's archive this week, according to researchers …
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
BMW will finally add Android Auto compatibility to its cars starting in July 2020, after initially focusing on Apple's CarPlay  —  And it will be wireless, too  —  BMW is finally going to start integrating Android Auto into its cars starting in July 2020, the automaker announced Wednesday.
Kollen Post / Cointelegraph:
DOJ arrests 3 men behind the BitClub Network cryptocurrency mining pool, says it was a Ponzi scheme which defrauded investors of $722M since 2014  —  United States authorities in New Jersey have announced the arrest of three men who are accused of defrauding investors of over $722 million …
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
An overview of how US law enforcement is using facial recognition tech, and where critics say there's a need for more transparency and government regulation  —  The future of police surveillance doesn't have to be scary.  But government and citizens need to step up.  —  Everybody's afraid of facial recognition tech.

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