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February 22, 2020, 9:25 AM

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Los Angeles Times:
Twitter is suspending 70 accounts linked to Michael Bloomberg's campaign for violating its policies, citing platform manipulation and duplicative content  —  Michael R. Bloomberg's presidential campaign has been experimenting with novel tactics to cultivate an online following, or at least the appearance of one.
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Comcast's NBCUniversal is in advanced talks to acquire streaming-video service Vudu from Walmart  —  Entertainment giants increasingly look to give consumers free or low-cost alternatives to premium subscription streaming services  —  Fox Corp. and Comcast Corp. are each in discussions …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
With iOS 14, Apple may start opening its walled garden, beginning with allowing third-party apps as defaults, which could ease antitrust pressure  —  Default app changes are small but significant  —  I have a love-hate relationship with my iPhone.  I love the hardware …
Bloomberg:
Sources: the Trump campaign has bought exclusive nationwide masthead ads on YouTube for days leading up to and on election day; ads may cost up to $1M+ a day  —  In the immediate run up to the U.S. presidential election and on Election Day, the homepage of YouTube is set to advertise just one candidate: Donald Trump.
Leila McNeill / BBC Future:
Profile of computer scientist Xia Peisu, who is called the “Mother of Chinese Computing” for shaping some of China's first computer science institutions  —  Isolated from the rest of the world, one woman pushed computing from a geeky obsession into a transformative industry.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
In the EU, Google is now showing alternate directory sources above the map in its search results page to comply with antitrust decision in shopping search  —  Branded directory buttons are being displayed above the map.  —  In April 2019, Google was experimenting with a new local SERP …
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The Intercept:
An EU report, circulated among EU and national officials in November 2019, calls for the creation of a network of national police facial recognition databases  —  A police investigator in Spain is trying to solve a crime, but she only has an image of a suspect's face, caught by a nearby security camera.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Shopify says it will join the Libra Association, contributing financially and operating a node that processes transactions of Facebook's stablecoin  —  After eBay, Visa, Stripe, and other high-profile departures, the Libra Association scored a win today with the addition of Shopify.
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
MIT researchers say they used AI to discover new potent antibiotics that treat drug-resistant diseases  —  Machine learning uncovers potent new drug able to kill 35 powerful bacteria  —  Artificial intelligence has been used to discover new antibiotics effective against untreatable diseases …

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