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May 26, 2020, 6:35 AM

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Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
An in-depth look at the baseless conspiracies attempting to turn Bill Gates into the pandemic's villain, widely shared on Facebook and YouTube  —  After months of conspiracy-mongering, people around the world are demanding Gates be arrested for crimes against humanity.  Here's how things got so bad.
Mark Scott / Politico:
With GDPR's two-year anniversary today, the Irish Data Protection Commission is under pressure to act, amid doubts about the agency's enforcement ability  —  Ireland's Data Protection Commission is under pressure to act, and act soon.  —  Facebook's European headquarters in Dublin.
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Privacy advocate Max Schrems criticizes Irish data protection authority in an open letter for the slow pace of its probes into Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp  —  - Privacy activist Max Schrems criticizes Irish data authority  — Open letter urges EU action amid frustration over long probes
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Wikimedia's board votes to adopt a formal moderation process, with policies drafted by the end of 2020, to deal with harassment and other “toxic” behavior  —  Trustees say it hasn't done enough to stop abuse  —  Wikipedia plans to crack down on harassment and other “toxic” behavior with a new code of conduct.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How services like Cameo and Substack have opened up new ways for prominent media figures and journalists to make a living from smaller audiences  —  With short videos and paid newsletters, everyone from superstars to half-forgotten former athletes and even journalists can, as one tech figure put it, “monetize individuality.”
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Google says ~70% of all serious security bugs in Chrome, largely written in C/C++, are memory safety flaws, after analyzing 912 security bugs fixed since 2015  —  Google software engineers are looking into ways of eliminating memory management-related bugs from Chrome.
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
Sensor Tower data: TikTok and Chinese twin app Douyin topped the charts globally for in-app purchases in April, generating $78M, up 10x from April 2019  —  - ByteDance's popular video-sharing platform keeps rising  — Douyin, TikTok's China version, contributed 87% of revenue
Will Heaven / MIT Technology Review:
Smaller American retailers are turning to robots to automate warehouse work, techniques long used by Amazon and others, spurred on by the pandemic  —  Big online stores are based around vast automated warehouses.  Smaller and cheaper versions of this tech will be key if smaller stores are to survive through a series of lockdowns.

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