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June 24, 2020, 10:50 AM

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Bloomberg:
Central Bank of Brazil tells Mastercard and Visa to stop payments via WhatsApp in the country to evaluate risks and regulations  —  - Authority wants to assess risks to country's payment system  — Lawyer says suspension is an unusual move by the bank
Alfred Ng / CNET:
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
In January, a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man's arrest for a crime he did not commit, in what may be the first known case of its kind  —  In what may be the first known case of its kind, a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man's arrest for a crime he did not commit.
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Ben & Jerry's, Eddie Bauer, and Magnolia Pictures join Patagonia, REI, and others suspending Facebook ads in July to protest amplification of hate speech  —  Eddie Bauer, Magnolia Pictures, Ben & Jerry's and others have suspended campaigns over the platform's content moderation practices.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Review of email app Superhuman: elegant, detailed interface but you have to live with its fixed hotkeys, inconsistent filtering, and the steep $30/month price  —  $30 per month is too much for a Gmail app  —  Superhuman is one of the most in-demand startups right now …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
After WWDC, the performance of Apple's silicon chips for Mac remains a mystery, with speed and efficiency claims not yet substantiated through benchmarks  —  There were canned demos but no benchmarks or comparisons  —  For years, Apple has steadily revealed how the ARM-based chips …
Janus Rose / VICE:
1,000+ technologists, including some from MIT, Facebook, Google, urge Springer to not publish a paper that describes a system to predict crime based on faces  —  Technologists from MIT, Harvard, and Google say research claiming to predict crime based on human faces creates a “tech-to-prison pipeline” that reinforces racist policing.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
watchOS 7 drops support for Force Touch, a hardware feature that has been available on every Apple Watch model for revealing hidden menus and more  —  watchOS 7 adds a variety of new features, such as sleep tracking and new workout types, but it also drops support for one key feature.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Twitter permanently suspends @DDoSecrets account for violating distribution of hacked data policy after it shared links to data stolen from US law enforcement  —  Twitter said DDoSecrets account leaked and promoted BlueLeaks, a huge collection of files stolen from more than 200 US police departments and fusion training centers.
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
Former JUMP employees blame the bikeshare company's downfall on Uber applying a software business mentality to a transportation business after acquiring it  —  One morning at the end of May, Mark Miretsky awoke in his San Francisco apartment and groggily browsed his phone.  There was no rush to get up.
Ian Hamilton / UploadVR:
Facebook says it will stop selling Oculus Go, ending app submissions for it in December, and vows to no longer make headsets that only track head rotation  —  Facebook will stop selling Oculus Go this year as the company sharpens its focus on fully positionally tracked VR headsets like Oculus Quest.
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Source: Amazon is “actively pursuing” licensing deals to add live and linear TV to complement its Prime Video offerings  —  Amazon is looking to add 24/7 live programming to its Prime Video service, according to multiple job listings posted over the past several weeks.
Bloomberg:
Recent pledges by Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft to diversify their workforce come after years of similar claims followed by little progress  —  Spurred by nationwide protests and calls to end systemic racism after the police killing of George Floyd, Google, Microsoft Corp …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Open Technology Fund, the US digital speech advocate that funded Signal, faces turmoil after the abrupt firing of entire leadership team and resignation of CEO  —  'There are so many countries and individuals who need this support right now,' says former OTF president
Kyle Daly / Axios:
Twitter flags a Trump tweet for breaking rules on abusive behavior; it threatened “serious force” against anyone who may try creating an “autonomous zone” in DC  —  Twitter on Monday opted not to take down or flag a tweet from President Trump that baselessly tied mail …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Microsoft releases the first public preview of its Defender antivirus Android app, as Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux becomes generally available for all users  —  UPDATE: Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux has also exited public preview and is now generally available for all users.
Isaac McIntyre / Dexerto:
Twitch pledges to make platform “safer for everyone” in response to numerous sexual abuse allegations recently leveled at a handful of high-profile streamers  —  Twitch has pledged to make their streaming platform “safer for everyone” in a statement released in response …
New York Times:
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Filing: Sonos plans to cut 12% of its global workforce and close its NYC store due to the COVID-19 pandemic; Sonos website says it has around 1,450 employees  —  - Speaker maker Sonos plans to cut 12% of its global workforce due to “uncertainty and challenges stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Customer support software startup Ujet raises $55M Series C led by Sapphire Ventures, bringing its total raised to $101M  —  Cloud-based customer support platform Ujet has raised $55 million in a series C round of funding led by Sapphire Ventures, with participation from other notable investors including Alphabet's GV.
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