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July 6, 2020, 1:10 PM

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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Uber buys food delivery service Postmates for $2.65B in an all-stock deal  —  - Uber agreed to buy Postmates, the fourth-largest U.S. delivery food service, for $2.65 billion in stock.  — Uber had attempted to acquire GrubHub last month but talks failed.
Benjamin Wallace / Vulture:
Inside Quibi's implosion, aided by the divisive management styles of Katzenberg and Whitman, compounded by a failure to understand its digital-native audience  —  The Emmy race has begun!  Vulture is taking a close look at the contenders until nomination-round voting closes on July 13.
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Facebook, Telegram, and Twitter say they have suspended requests for user data from Hong Kong police, following a new national security law by China  —  The social network said it would review the city's punitive new national security law, a rare public questioning of Chinese policy by a large American tech company.
Rebecca Heilweil / Vox:
Even if government use of facial recognition tech is regulated more strictly, issues will remain due to the ubiquity of the same tech in consumer devices  —  A growing number of gadgets are scanning your face.  —  Facial recognition is having a reckoning.
Malkia Devich-Cyril / The Atlantic:
To defend Black lives, and protect their rights and dignity, facial recognition and other surveillance tech fueling racist US policing must be defunded  —  Ahmaud Arbery.  Breonna Taylor.  Tony McDade.  George Floyd.  Rayshard Brooks.  Oluwatoyin Salau.  Robert Forbes.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
SCOTUS strikes down a law amended in 2015 to allow robocalls by debt collectors  —  Collectors of US-backed debt no longer allowed to make robocalls to cell phones.  —  The US Supreme Court today struck down a provision in US law that let debt collectors make robocalls to cell phones …
Bloomberg:
Source: UK to begin phasing out use of Huawei equipment in its 5G network as soon as this year, after report doubted viability of Huawei due to new US sanctions  —  - Decision would reverse green light given to Chinese tech giant  — Minister Dowden to give statement on Huawei before July 22
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Netflix began to build its Black content catalog, the envy of Hollywood, in 2015 after the success of “Orange Is the New Black” and a memo from Black employees  —  The company didn't set out to build a big library of Black programming, but now it's the envy of its rivals.

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