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June 8, 2020, 5:50 PM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it's working on a revamped verification system with publicly documented guidelines and an option to request verification from within the app  —  Twitter is developing a new in-app system for requesting verification, according to a recent finding from reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong, which Twitter has since confirmed.
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
NYU report criticizes Facebook for outsourcing content moderation, arguing it is a “grossly inadequate” way of dealing with a core task of social platforms  —  In a scathing examination of Facebook's content moderation strategy, a new study identifies the company's decision …
New York Times:
As the coronavirus speeds up efforts to expand voting from home either through mail-in ballots or online voting, an analysis of the associated security risks  —  Fear of the coronavirus is speeding up efforts to allow voting from home, but some of them pose security risks and may make it easier …
Olivia Carville / Bloomberg:
Airbnb had more US bookings from May 17 to June 3 than during the same period in 2019, as vacation-rental sites see domestic reservations increase globally  —  - Weekend getaways are turning into work-from-home respites  — Airbnb hasn't ruled out an IPO this year, CEO Chesky says
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Study of kids aged 4 to 15 in the US, UK, and Spain finds they spent an average of 85 min/day on YouTube and 80 min/day on TikTok from February 2019-April 2020  —  A new study on kids' app usage and habits indicates a major threat to YouTube's dominance, as kids now split …
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
Twitch has had a “sudden influx of DMCA takedown requests for clips” from 2017 to 2019, as creators bemoan the three strike rule and lack of bulk deletion tools  —  There has been a flurry of takedown requests in the last few days  —  Over the last few days …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Some VR startups detail the negative impact of the pandemic, which has decimated in-person VR centers and arcades, leading to furloughs, layoffs, and pivots  —  The COVID-19 crisis hit most tech companies hard, but it buried Sandbox VR.  “We went from a relatively healthy business,” CEO Steve Zhao said, “to zero revenue.”
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Sony reschedules its PS5 event for June 11, set to demo upcoming games, and its PlayStation division pledges $1M to causes supporting black communities  —  Sony will show off new games for its PlayStation 5, launching in the fall.  The event had been delayed to allow more focus on George Floyd protests.
Robert Stevens / Decrypt:
Brave browser is caught revising typed-in domains to companies like Binance with URLs including affiliate referral codes; Brave says it will stop the practice  —  Brave, the crypto-friendly, privacy-first browser has been earning affiliate commissions by redirecting certain search queries to crypto companies via affiliate links.

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