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May 26, 2020, 9:30 AM

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Richard Lai / Engadget:
Ex-HTC CEO Peter Chou unveils XRSpace Mova, a $599 5G VR headset with a virtual world called Manova, with a focus on intuitiveness and a social-first approach  —  Even though Peter Chou had long parted ways with the VR business he created at HTC, the former CEO continued to work in the industry …
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.
Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
The worst of the pandemic may have passed in China, but officials are eager to find new uses for the virus monitoring software that's now on many phones  —  With the disease there mostly under control, officials are looking for new uses for the government software that's now on many phones.
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.
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.”
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Bluecore, which develops AI-based marketing automation tools, raises $50M Series D led by Georgian Partners, bringing its total raised to $110M  —  As more online brands look for ways to move beyond third-party cookies as a way of gaining more direct insights about their users and customers …
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:
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Thailand's largest cell network, AIS, has pulled a database offline that was leaking billions of real-time internet records on millions of Thai internet users  —  Thailand's largest cell network AIS has pulled a database offline that was spilling billions of real-time internet records on millions of Thai internet users.

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