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June 9, 2020, 3:40 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
MSN's AI editor confused a mixed-race member of the band Little Mix with another and staff were told to delete articles about the mix-up should the AI find them  —  Firm's plan to replace editors with AI backfires after wrong image of musician is published  —  Microsoft's decision …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook News, a dedicated section linking to journalism sources, launches in the US, first on mobile, following a limited test that rolled out in October  —  Facebook News, the social network's dedicated section devoted to journalism, is today launching for all users in the U.S. The feature …
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
DNAnexus, which provides cloud-based analytics software for genomics and other clinical big data projects, raises $100M Series G  —  DNAnexus, which provides a cloud platform for governments, universities, doctors, and pharmaceutical companies to tap into DNA and other clinical datasets …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Nextdoor's reliance on untrained volunteer moderators has raised concerns over censorship and targeting of people of color, an issue amplified by recent events  —  Kalkidan G. moved to Rancho Santa Fe because it was one of the nicer neighborhoods in San Diego.
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
France and Germany have kicked off GAIA-X, the EU's bid to get cloud independence from US and Chinese tech companies and distance from laws like US Cloud Act  —  France and Germany launch GAIA-X EU cloud independence project.  —  France and Germany have kicked off the GAIA-X cloud project …

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