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June 11, 2020, 3:25 AM

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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.
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 …
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.
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
US-based Chinese activists say Zoom closed their paid account after event commemorating Tiananmen; Zoom says it was complying with local law, has reactivated it  —  The U.S. video-conferencing company Zoom closed the account of a group of prominent U.S.-based Chinese activists after they held …
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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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
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.
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.
Cyrus Farivar / NBC News:
California regulatory agency for transportation formally rules that it considers Uber and Lyft drivers as employees of those companies under AB5 state law  —  OAKLAND, Calif. —The California Public Utilities Commission, the state government body responsible for licensing and regulating …
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Apple becomes the first company to reach a market cap of $1.5T+  —  AAPL shares have crossed another major milestone with the market cap hitting over $1.5 trillion during trading today.  The growth makes it the first US company to reach the achievement.  —  Just last week we saw AAPL pushing closer …
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 …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
French startup iBanFirst, which enables SMBs do cross-border payments in 30 currencies, raises €21M Series C led by Elaia and Bpifrance's Large Venture fund  —  French startup iBanFirst has raised a $23.8 million (€21 million) Series C round from Elaia and Bpifrance's Large Venture fund.
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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.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Amazon, Facebook, and Google have been covertly funding a range of political groups to fight back against US antitrust action, pushing positive polling and more  —  The tech giants have funded a bevy of political groups, including those producing positive polling, and engaged …

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