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December 11, 2019, 10:50 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  —  Gadgets in the 2010s were shaped first by the furious race to win the smartphone wars …
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.
Abe Othman / AngelList:
AngelList report: seed stage investors can increase their yields by investing into every credible deal, contradicting the common wisdom of passing on most  —  If you miss the best-performing seed investment, you will eventually be outperformed by someone who blindly invests in every credible deal.
Anna Irrera / Reuters:
Qwil, an automated lending platform for on-demand and freelancer marketplaces to advance pay to workers, raises $24.4M in equity and $200M in debt funding  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Qwil, a startup that provides financing to freelancers and small businesses, has raised $24.4 million in equity …

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