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June 9, 2020, 6:20 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is planning to announce a shift to its own Arm-based processors in Mac computers, replacing chips from Intel, as early as this month at WWDC  —  - Company readies Macs for next year without Intel processors  — Apple is holding virtual version of WWDC event week of June 22
Reuters:
An obscure Indian firm provided hacking services to help spy on 10K+ email accounts over seven years, in one of the largest spy-for-hire operations ever exposed  —  LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A little-known Indian IT firm offered its hacking services to help clients spy …
Sarah Emerson / OneZero :
Menlo Park PD's “Facebook Unit”, partly funded by the company, comes under fire by Black Lives Matters protestors, who say it endangers people of color  —  Menlo Park's ‘Facebook Unit’ comes under fire amidst nationwide protests  —  Sunday afternoon, hundreds of Bay Area residents marched …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Cox says it has slowed Internet speeds for entire neighborhoods to punish users with “excessive usage”  —  Cox warns customers to lower usage, imposes 10Mbps upload limit on “gigabit” plan.  —  Cox Communications is lowering Internet upload speeds in entire neighborhoods to stop …
Kana Inagaki / Financial Times:
Honda says a cyberattack on its network forced it to suspend global production and give many staffers a day off; some vehicle factories remain closed  —  Japanese manufacturer forced to suspend global operations for a day following disruption  —  Japanese carmaker Honda said on Tuesday …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Signal can now transfer your chat history to a new iPhone from your existing iOS device, similar to a feature that has existed for a while on its Android app  —  Transmitting your data directly between iOS devices  —  Encrypted messaging app Signal now lets you transfer your account data …
Ramesh Nagarajan / The Keyword:
Google Maps will start showing COVID-19 related travel alerts and local restrictions  —  Getting from A to B can be more complicated these days.  Because of COVID-19, it's increasingly important to know how crowded a train station might be at a particular time or whether the bus is running on a limited schedule.
New York Times:
Amid intense criticism of working conditions, a look at an Amazon warehouse in Kent, WA, that now has plexiglass dividers, sanitizer stations, and a testing lab  —  Amazon, which has been under fire on worker safety, invited us into one facility to show its response.  —  By Karen WeisePhotographs by Ruth Fremson
Ina Fried / Axios:
In a letter to members of Congress, IBM says it's exiting the general-purpose facial recognition business and opposes the use of such tech for mass surveillance  —  In a letter to members of Congress on Monday, IBM said it is existing the general-purpose facial recognition business …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Twitter and Square say they are adding a permanent company holiday on June 19, or Juneteenth, a key date celebrating African-American emancipation from slavery  —  - Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square CEO, tweeted on Tuesday that both companies will honor Juneteenth as a company holiday …
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
MSN's AI editor confused a mixed-race member of the band Little Mix with another; source: MSN staff were told to hide stories on the error as the AI found them  —  Firm's plan to replace editors with AI backfires after wrong image of musician is published  —  Microsoft's decision …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
MIT researchers have designed a chip with tens of thousands of artificial brain synapses called memristors that could effectively recall images in high detail  —  Researchers at MIT have published a new paper that describes a new type of artificial brain synapse which offers performance improvements vs …

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