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August 17, 2020, 9:15 AM

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Jamie Smyth / Financial Times:
Google warns Australians that the government's proposal to make it pay for news content would put user privacy at risk, threaten free Search and YouTube results  —  Internet group has also paused licensing deals with outlets due to proposed regulation  —  Google has warned …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
ZTE says it will unveil Axon 20 5G, the first “mass-produced” smartphone with an under-display camera, on September 1; leak hints at a 6.92" display and more  —  ZTE has announced that it will release the first “mass-produced” smartphone with an under-display selfie camera, with the launch set for September 1st.
Steve Yegge:
An ex-Googler who wrote a searing critique decrying Google's lack of innovation lambasts Google's approach to deprecation of its Cloud APIs  —  God dammit, I didn't want to blog again.  I have so much stuff to do.  Blogging takes time and energy and creativity that I could be putting to good use …
Dan Primack / Axios:
As schools adopt remote learning or hybrid reopening models, US students face a laptop shortage, particularly of low-cost Chromebooks popular at K-8 schools  —  American students are facing a shortage of laptops, particularly low-cost Chromebooks popular in K-8 schools …
Mark Townsend / The Guardian:
UK-based counter-extremist group, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, says Facebook's algorithm “actively promotes” Holocaust denial content  —  Facebook's algorithm “actively promotes” Holocaust denial content according to an analysis that will increase pressure on the social media giant …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
A look at the similarities and differences between Epic's lawsuits against Apple and Google from an antitrust law perspective  —  This is already my fourth post in three days on Epic Games v. Apple and Google.  For your convenience, here are the headlines (and links to) to the previous three posts:
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Amit Katwala / WIRED UK:
Tens of thousands of UK high school students were downgraded from teacher estimates by an algorithm that replaced exams, affecting university applications  —  Even with the late changes, GCSE and A-Level results still highlight the flaws in a biased education system

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