June 9, 2020, 1:03 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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Jim Robbins / New York Times:
A look at ICARUS, a new approach to tracking animals, tagged with transmitters, over long distances using new equipment aboard the International Space Station  —  Using tiny sensors and equipment aboard the space station, a project called ICARUS seeks to revolutionize animal tracking.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon sues former AWS VP of product marketing Brian Hall, alleging his new role at Google Cloud violates a non-compete agreement  —  A lawsuit filed by Amazon against Brian Hall, former Amazon Web Services vice president of product marketing, alleges that his new role at Google Cloud violates …
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 …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Deep dive on how Google Meet's AI-powered noise cancellation works as it begins rolling out to customers  —  Google is turning on AI-powered noise cancellation in Google Meet today.  Like Microsoft Teams' upcoming noise suppression functionality, the feature leverages supervised learning …
George Anadiotis / ZDNet:
Database security startup jSonar raises $50M Series A from Goldman Sachs  —  Why would Goldman Sachs invest a hefty amount into a previously little known company working on something unsexy like database security?  —  Let's face it: database security is not the most appealing topic for most people.

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