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June 10, 2020, 7:30 PM

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Ari Levy / CNBC:
Amazon says it will ban police from using Rekognition for one year, says Congress “appears ready” to place stronger regulations on facial recognition tech  —  - Amazon said on Wednesday that it's putting in place a one-year moratorium on police use of Rekognition.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google releases Android 11 Beta 1 for Pixel phones, with updates to messaging notifications, ability for message threads to pop out in bubbles, and more  —  The Android 11 beta is available now for Pixel phones  —  Today, Google is releasing the Android 11 beta for Pixel phones.
Bradley Chambers / 9to5Mac:
Apple says it will discontinue iBooks Author, which will no longer be updated, in July 2020 and iTunes U, its educational resources portal, at the end of 2021  —  I have previously written about my frustration With iBooks Author and iTunes U, and Apple has now announced both of these products …
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Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
US-based Chinese activists say Zoom closed their paid account after holding an event to commemorate Tiananmen Square Massacre; Zoom did not comment when asked  —  The U.S. video-conferencing company Zoom closed the account of a group of prominent U.S.-based Chinese activists after they held …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Sources detail Facebook's extraordinary efforts to help the FBI track down a repeat child predator, paying a cybersecurity firm six figures for a Tails zero-day  —  For years, a California man systematically harassed and terrorized young girls using chat apps, email, and Facebook.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Reddit names Y Combinator CEO and Justin.tv founder Michael Seibel as Alexis Ohanian's replacement  —  Ohanian stepped down last week, asking the board to replace him with a black candidate  —  Reddit has named Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel to its board of directors.
Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Black tech founders say VCs should move past diversity theater, addressing the lack of top-level black investors and investment in black-run startups  —  There's a dearth of black investors in venture capital's upper echelons and little investment in start-ups with black founders
Bloomberg:
Just Eat Takeaway confirms it is acquiring Grubhub in an all-stock deal; the deal has an equity value of $7.3B  —  - Deal creates one of world's largest food-delivery companies  — Dutch company offered to pay $75.15 per share for Grubhub  —  Europe's Just Eat Takeaway.com NV agreed …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Amid protests, a movement swells to update widely-used tech terms for hard drives, camera flashes, and databases, like whitelist/blacklist and master/slave  —  During Black Lives Matter protests, a movement grows to update terms used with hard drives, camera flashes and databases.
Sarah Emerson / OneZero :
Facebook acknowledges banning hundreds of anti-racist skinheads for allegedly violating its community standards, apparently conflating them with neo-Nazi groups  —  ‘They wanted to see my ID before they would give me my account back’  —  Hundreds of anti-racist skinheads are reporting …
New York Times:
Many top Chinese-educated AI researchers work at US companies, which could lose their edge as Trump moves to limit Chinese access to advanced American research  —  New research shows scientists educated in China help American firms and schools dominate the cutting-edge field.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Intel details its 3D-stacked Lakefield chips, designed for ultraportable, foldable, and dual-screen devices, in a bid to compete with ARM and Qualcomm  —  Intel is ready to take on ARM and Qualcomm  —  Intel's 3D-stacked Lakefield processors are finally getting an official debut after months of previews …
Tom Krazit / Protocol:
Profile of Bret Arsenault, Microsoft's CISO, who is working on an ambitious project to make its 150K+ employees ditch their passwords by early next year  —  Bret Arsenault doesn't like cheese.  —  But for Microsoft's chief information security officer, a distaste for dairy produce isn't born …
Isobel Asher Hamilton / Business Insider:
After its apparent exit from the facial recognition business, experts say IBM ruling out only “general purpose” development could give the company a loophole  —  - IBM announced on Monday it would stop selling “general purpose IBM facial recognition or analysis software” …

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