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August 29, 2020, 2:45 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Coco Liu / Nikkei Asian Review:
China updates its export control list, adding AI tech including “personalized content recommendations based on data analysis”, which may affect TikTok US sale  —  Popular video app's powerful algorithm likely to face ‘dual-use’ restrictions  —  HONG KONG — Beijing …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Apple has terminated Epic's App Store account, following legal dispute between the companies; Epic has an alternative Apple account to manage its Unreal Engine  —  As previously warned by Apple, Epic's App Store account has now been terminated due to the Fortnite developer knowingly violating App Store policy.
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Reuters:
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Neuralink, Musk's brain-computer interface company, revealed a prototype showing readings from a pig's brain using a coin-shaped device implanted under skull  —  During a press conference held virtually this afternoon, scientists at Elon Musk's Neuralink gave a progress update.
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Internal report: Kenosha Guard Page was flagged at least 455 times before Facebook took it down, with four moderators saying it didn't violate any rules  —  In a companywide meeting on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that a militia page advocating for followers to bring weapons …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Roland Li / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pinterest is canceling its 490,000-square-foot lease at San Francisco's unbuilt 88 Bluxome project, citing a shift toward remote work amid the pandemic  —  Pinterest terminated its massive 490,000-square-foot lease at San Francisco's unbuilt 88 Bluxome project, citing a shift toward more remote work amid the coronavirus pandemic.
New York Times:
Once a cautionary tale of arrogant tech, Microsoft now operates one of the most effective influence operations in DC, with TikTok its latest campaign  —  The tech giant, once an example of how not to operate in the nation's capital, now has a successful influence operation there.
Sherisse Pham / CNN:
Byrne Hobart / The Diff:
As Palantir files to go public, an in-depth analysis of its business model, a look at its politics and challenges it faces amid a widespread move to privacy  —  Plus!  Wirecard, Yuan, Housing, Financial Education for Future 1%ers, Alphabet Insurance  —  Normally when a company files its S-1 …
Aliide Naylor / Gizmodo:
How Belarusians turned to VPNs and a private Telegram channel to bypass censorship when its internet was shut down using deep packet inspection  —  Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images, Screenshots via Twitter)  —  In early August, Belarus—sometimes called Europe's last dictatorship …
Mehr Nadeem / Rest of World:
A look at how Saudi Arabia's gaming scene has dramatically evolved, especially for women, as the country loosens gender restrictions on esports  —  In April 2012, three college juniors — Felwa, Tasnim, and Najla — waited anxiously on the campus of Prince Sultan University in Riyadh.
Julia Angwin / The Markup:
Facebook has quietly removed “multicultural affinity” ad targeting option that allowed targeting by race, after years of charges of illegal discrimination  —  Earlier this month, Facebook quietly removed the ability of advertisers to target users by race.

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