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May 8, 2020, 10:35 AM

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Financial Times:
Sources: UK's NHS has already begun developing a second contact tracing app in parallel, using technology provided by Google and Apple  —  NHS team that built first app is told to build another on Apple-Google system  —  The NHS has already begun building a second smartphone app to trace …
Abby Ohlheiser / MIT Technology Review:
A look at the symbiotic ties of anti-vaxxers and COVID-19 conspiracy theorists with mainstream YouTubers, as the platform tries to regulate misinformation  —  Covid-19 conspiracy theorists are still getting millions of views on YouTube, even as the platform cracks down on health misinformation.
Frank X. Shaw / Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft communications VP, Frank Shaw, says Amazon has filed another protest against Microsoft's JEDI deal, this time out of public view, directly with DoD  —  Many years ago when I was on active duty as a Marine officer in the 1980s, I went through cold weather training carrying …
TechCrunch:
Target to acquire technology and assets of same-day delivery startup Deliv, which has raised a total of $80M in venture capital according to Crunchbase  —  Target, which already owns on-demand delivery service Shipt, is in the process of acquiring technology assets from same-day delivery service Deliv
Babu Mohan / Android Central:
Samsung says it will launch a debit card in partnership with fintech startup SoFi, this summer  —  Samsung Pay will help you do more with your money this year.  —  Source: Android Central  —  What you need to know  — To elevate the Samsung Pay experience, Samsung is partnering with SoFi to launch an “innovative” debit card.
BuzzFeed News:
In filing, Clearview AI says it is canceling client accounts not associated with law enforcement or other government entities, amid mounting scrutiny  —  Clearview AI — the controversial face-tracking company known for scraping more than 3 billion photos from social media sites including Facebook …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
A researcher found NSO Group's contact tracing system, codenamed “Fleming”, unprotected on the Internet, NSO says system was a demo, hence not a security lapse  —  As countries work to reopen after weeks of lockdown, contact-tracing apps help to understand the spread of the deadly coronavirus strain, COVID-19.
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google expands Read Along, its Android app that uses AI to help children read via verbal and visual feedback in nine languages, from India to 180+ countries  —  Google today launched Read Along, an Android app that taps AI and machine learning to help children learn to read by providing verbal and visual feedback.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google brings all of its messaging and communication apps under a single team to be led by Javier Soltero, who is VP and GM of G Suite  —  Integration isn't on the roadmap, but coherency may be  —  In October of last year, Google hired Javier Soltero to be the VP and GM of G Suite …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners says it will invest $1.5B in Reliance Jio Platforms, which would give it a 2.32% stake, valuing the telco firm at $65B  —  Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners said on Friday it will invest $1.5 billion in Reliance Jio Platforms …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Google updates its Lens app for iOS and Android to let users copy and paste some handwritten text to Chrome, read text aloud, and provide information on words  —  If you handwriting is neat enough  —  Google has added a very useful feature to Google Lens, its multipurpose object recognition tool.
Isabelle Kirkwood / BetaKit:
Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs says it will no longer pursue its smart city project at Quayside in Toronto due to “unprecedented economic uncertainty”  —  Sidewalk Labs has announced it will no longer pursue its project at Quayside in Toronto.  The company noted the decision was due to the current …

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