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May 30, 2020, 11:30 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft lays off editorial staff at its News and MSN divisions, reportedly affecting around 50 US and 27 UK jobs, as it increases use of AI for news curation  —  Microsoft News and MSN is increasingly being run by robots  —  Microsoft is laying off dozens of journalists and editorial workers …
Kate Conger / New York Times:
How, after years of internal deliberations, Twitter finally came to the decision to begin labeling Trump's misleading and violence-glorifying tweets  —  Inside the company, one faction wanted Jack Dorsey, Twitter's chief, to take a hard line against the president's tweets while another urged him to remain hands-off.
Ina Fried / Axios:
Twitter determines two tweets about protesters from Trump and White House violate its rules on glorifying violence; users must click to see the labeled tweets  —  Twitter said Friday morning that a tweet from President Trump in which he threatened shooting in response to civil unrest in Minneapolis violated the company's rules.
Oversight Board / @oversightboard:
[Thread] Facebook Oversight Board says it is “working hard to set the Board up to begin operating later this year”  —  There are many significant issues relating to online content that we recognize people want the Board to consider. We're working hard to set the Board up to begin operating later this year so it can start considering cases referred by users and Facebook.
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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Sony says it is on track to launch PlayStation 5 this year and has begun manufacturing the console, announces a games-focused event on June 4  —  Latest PlayStation console expected to launch globally in the final quarter of 2020  —  Sony's PlayStation 5 is “on track” …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Markup:
Grubhub should be thriving during the pandemic; instead, delivery apps' unworkable business model, charging high fees to small restaurants, creates huge losses  —  The crisis is a stark reminder that food delivery tech companies may have an unworkable business model
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says it is delaying the Android 11 beta release and virtual launch event that was scheduled for June 3, but the final release is still on track for Q3  —  Google this evening announced that it's delaying next week's Android 11: The Beta Launch Show.  The company on Twitter says …
Max Chafkin / Bloomberg:
US to join Global Partnership on AI, set up to counter China's influence in development of AI technologies, becoming the last of the G-7 countries to sign on  —  The U.S. plans to join an international organization that will advise companies and governments on the responsible development …
John Herman / New York Times:
The pandemic pushed Amazon to its breaking point, prematurely delivering a future it has been planning for, where whole categories of physical retail are closed  —  To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.

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