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June 24, 2020, 6:05 PM

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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.
Alfred Ng / CNET:
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Google says it will auto-delete location and search data by default for new users after 18 months, as part of a broader expansion of its privacy options  —  A compromise between privacy and ad-targeting data  —  On Wednesday, Google announced broad changes in its default data practices for new users …
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Slack launches Connect, letting up to 20 organizations communicate in a single Slack channel, currently available to paying customers  —  Slack today announced the launch of Connect, a way for up to 20 organizations to communicate in a single Slack channel.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
AWS announces Honeycode, a cloud-based tool that it hopes will help non-coders build apps  —  - Amazon already leads the cloud infrastructure market, and now it's expanding its cloud product lineup with a tool for people who don't code.  — The Honeycode service will compete with offerings …
John Koetsier / Forbes:
Apple's Identifier for Advertisers, critical to tracking mobile ad spend, will become opt-in with iOS 14, a privacy boon for users and a big loss for marketers  —  That tremor in the Force you felt yesterday probably wasn't shock at being able to text your car keys in Apple's new iOS 14 or do real-time offline translation with Siri.
Los Angeles Times:
An in-depth look at the systemic diversity issues that plague Silicon Valley giants and VCs, effectively shutting Black and Latino people out of the industry  —  It seemed like tech was turning a corner.  —  For years, the industry's giants had resisted calls to disclose workforce diversity data …
Bradley Chambers / 9to5Mac:
Fleetsmith, which makes enterprise management and security products for Apple devices, says it has been acquired by Apple  —  Mobile Device Management is at the heart of every Apple enterprise customer's network stack.  Up until now, Apple has generally relied on third party companies …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Trump's campaign has discussed moving away from Facebook and Twitter, potentially to platforms like Parler, following disputes with both platforms  —  Amid disputes with Facebook and Twitter, the president's team mulls whether to push supporters toward a different platform or put more emphasis on its own campaign app
Alfred Ng / CNET:
Bloomberg:
Central Bank of Brazil tells Mastercard and Visa to stop payments via WhatsApp in the country to evaluate risks and regulations  —  - Central bank wants to assess risks to country's payment system  — Lawyer says suspension is an unusual move by the bank
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Despite teaming with Science Feedback last year, Facebook has made climate disinformation ineligible for fact-checking by deeming it “opinion”  —  This is a special joint edition of Popular Information and HEATED, a climate newsletter by journalist Emily Atkin.
Christine Hall / Crunchbase News:
Austin-based OJO Labs, which uses machine and human intelligence to personalize property recommendations, raises $62.5M led by Wafra  —  Austin-based OJO Labs closed on a $62.5 million round of funding led by Wafra, the company said Wednesday in a release.  —  OJO Labs, founded in 2015 …
Leah Nylen / Politico:
Sources say DOJ and a coalition of state attorneys general are considering an antitrust investigation into Apple's App Store, following a similar EU probe  —  The Justice Department and a coalition of state attorneys general are taking the first steps toward launching an antitrust probe of Apple …
Karen Weise / New York Times:
Black Amazon employees, many working in warehouses, urge Jeff Bezos to match his rhetoric on racial justice with actions to address “systemic” racial bias  —  From racist graffiti to missed promotions, employees say a “systemic pattern of racial bias” permeates the company.
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.
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 …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
ClickUp, which offers subscription tools for task management and more, raises $35M Series A led by Craft Ventures  —  The productivity software space is filled with niche startups designing premium tools with very particular customers in mind.  On the flip side a growing class of startups …

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