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August 11, 2020, 11:25 AM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google is partnering with USGS and creating a worldwide, Android phone-powered opt-in earthquake alert system using phone accelerometers  —  Google is creating a worldwide, Android phone-powered earthquake alert system.  The first part of that system is rolling out today.
NBC News:
Sources: an internal Facebook probe into QAnon shows the size of the conspiracy theory's community: millions of members and followers across thousands of Groups  —  An internal investigation by Facebook has uncovered thousands of groups and pages, with millions of members and followers …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Mozilla says it plans to lay off around 250 employees and is closing the company's current operations in Taipei, Taiwan  —  The changes come as the Mozilla Corporation looks to invest in more revenue-generating projects like its recently announced VPN.  —  Joseph Cox
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
Clearview AI has hired pre-eminent First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams, who plans to assert a free-speech right to disseminate publicly available photos  —  Clearview AI has hired Floyd Abrams, a top lawyer, to help fight claims that selling its data to law enforcement agencies violates privacy laws.
Lauren Clark / Official Google India Blog:
Google rolls out virtual business cards in Google Search in India with links to user's website and social media profiles and optionally, phone number and email  —  If you search for famous people on Google, it's easy to find information about well-known personalities: search their names …
Samuel Axon / Ars Technica:
Parallels Desktop 16 adds support for Big Sur, 3D in Metal, and zoom and rotate gestures on multitouch trackpads, and claims 20% faster DirectX performance  —  Windows on Apple Silicon is still a question mark, though.  —  Parallels Desktop 16 launched on the Mac today.
Matthew Keys / The Desk:
According to an email sent to podcast producers, Amazon says it will add free podcasts in Amazon Music, for both free and paid tiers, and on Audible  —  Amazon will incorporate free podcasts into its Amazon Music and Audible products, according to a confidential email distributed to podcast producers on Monday.
Bloomberg:
In a lawsuit by CA's AG, judge issues a preliminary injunction ordering Uber and Lyft to classify their drivers as employees, paused for 10 days for appeals  —  - Ride-hailing companies ordered to comply with state law  — San Francisco judge pauses preliminary injunction for appeal
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
In iOS 14, Apple News+ publishers' web links are opened in the Apple News app by default for Apple News+ subscribers, though this feature can be turned off  —  Apple News in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur has a toggle that's designed to open web links from ‌Apple News‌+ publishers directly …
David Jeans / Forbes:
Collaborative document editor Coda has raised $80M in a funding round led by Kleiner Perkins that values the company at $636M  —  While Slack and Microsoft Teams spar over users in the new world of work-from-home, a much-hyped startup is taking on a different tech titan …

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