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February 19, 2020, 10:15 PM

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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google launches Android 11 Developer Preview earlier than expected, with new display types, improved messaging, biometrics, and more; final release expected Q3  —  Following an inadvertent tease last week, Google today officially launched the Android 11 Developer Preview.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Sources: following Brexit, Google plans to move UK user accounts out of EU's jurisdiction and into the US', where privacy protections are weaker  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google is planning to move its British users' accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EU proposes rules for “high risk” AI systems and a regulatory framework for data governance in order to drive digitization across sectors like health, policing  —  European Union lawmakers have set out a first bundle of proposals for a new digital strategy for the bloc …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Inside the FBI's complaint against two ex-Twitter employees who allegedly accessed personal info of thousands of users on behalf of Saudi Arabia for $300K+  —  Ali Alzabarah was panicked.  His heart raced as he drove home from Twitter's San Francisco headquarters in the early evening on Dec. 2, 2015.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Twitter announces a “continue thread” option, a new feature that links tweets together while they are being composed  —  Twitter is rolling out a new feature that makes it easier to thread multiple tweets together.  With this change, you can now link tweets together while you compose them.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Home addresses and other data of 10.6M+ guests who stayed at MGM Resorts hotels before 2018, including Jack Dorsey, were posted on a hacking forum this week  —  MGM Resorts said security incident took place last summer and notified impacted guests last year.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple sends a cease and desist letter to the author of “App Store Confidential”, published in Germany by an ex-Apple employee, claiming it reveals trade secrets  —  Apple is aiming to stop the sale of a new insider book called “App Store Confidential,” written …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok announces new Family Safety Mode parental controls to limit kids' usage with screen time management, DM limits, and more, coming first to the UK  —  TikTok announced today the introduction of a new set of parental controls, called “Family Safety Mode,” designed to let parents set limits …
Michael del Castillo / Forbes:
Coinbase becomes a Visa Principal Member, allowing it to issue bitcoin debit cards for other crypto companies and traditional firms  —  Credit card giant Visa has granted its principal membership to a cryptocurrency company for the first time.  Officially awarded to cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase …
Andrew Liszewski / Gizmodo:
Larry Tesler, an influential figure at Xerox PARC and Apple who coined “cut, copy, paste” and advocated for modeless computing, has died at 74  —  The advent of the personal computer wasn't just about making these powerful machines available to everyone, it was also about making …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft launches a unified Office app for iOS and Android, combining Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single app; standalone versions will remain available  —  Even more mobile features are on the way soon  —  Microsoft is releasing its new unified Office app for iOS and Android today …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
An in-depth look at Samsung's Ultra Thin Glass, used on the Galaxy Z Flip: how its thinness allows it to fold but requires a plastic protective layer  —  On February 11th, 2020, Samsung introduced the world's first folding glass phone: the Galaxy Z Flip.  Samsung declared that it had broken …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google begins rolling out two Google Docs features: autocorrect, enabled by default, and Smart Compose, for paying customers  —  Last November, Google Docs started testing autocorrect and Smart Compose as part of leveraging machine learning to improve user productivity.
Alfred Ng / CNET:
In a letter, the House Oversight Committee asks Amazon about Ring's partnerships with governments and police depts. and Ring's policies regarding collected data  —  Congress is knocking on Amazon's door with questions about its video doorbell company, Ring, and the hundreds of police partnerships Ring has built over the last two years.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Yodlee, America's largest financial data broker, says the data that it sells is anonymous, but a leaked Yodlee doc shows millions of people could be unmasked  —  Yodlee, the largest financial data broker in the U.S., sells data pulled from the bank and credit card transactions of tens …
Christine Negroni / New York Times:
Current US air traffic systems are ill equipped to deal with the coming surges in air congestion from drones and urban air mobility vehicles  —  As aviation technology becomes more integrated into everyday life, providers of new services brace for the unknown.
Billy Steele / Engadget:
As Photoshop turns 30, Adobe begins rolling out new desktop and mobile features, including bringing the Object Selection tool to iPad  —  Photoshop turns 30 today, and Adobe is celebrating with some worthwhile updates to the photo-editing app on both the desktop and iPad.

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