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September 10, 2020, 9:45 AM

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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Portland, Oregon unanimously adopted ordinances banning the use of facial recognition tech by city agencies, including the police, and by private businesses  —  The Portland, Oregon City Council today unanimously voted to adopt two of the strongest bans of facial recognition technologies …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
SEC filing: former NSA director Keith Alexander is joining Amazon's board of directors  —  Alexander was the public face of US surveillance during the Snowden leaks  —  Gen. Keith Alexander is joining Amazon's board of directors, the company revealed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing today.
Biz Carson / Protocol:
Eric Ries' Silicon Valley-based Long-Term Stock Exchange opens for trading, nine years after “The Lean Startup” author first proposed it  —  A new stock exchange backed by Silicon Valley heavyweights is opening for business Wednesday.  The Long-Term Stock Exchange can now trade …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Microsoft Surface Duo review: has thin, beautiful hardware, good battery life and runs two apps at once well, but software is too buggy and the camera is bad  —  All the right ideas — but spoiled by buggy software and a bad camera  —  Microsoft's Surface Duo aspires to be something different from any other gadget you've used.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: ByteDance is continuing its months-long talks with the US, now with greater urgency, about deals to let TikTok avoid a full sale of its US operations  —  It isn't clear whether any alternative would satisfy President Trump's concerns about Chinese-owned video-sharing app
Wall Street Journal:
Ireland's privacy regulator has sent Facebook a preliminary order to stop sending EU user data to the US, the first big step in enforcing July's Privacy Shield  —  Privacy regulator's order to suspend the company's data transfers to the U.S. cites concerns over American government surveillance practices
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft to launch its Xbox Series X console on November 10 for $499, with preorders starting on September 22  —  Microsoft is launching its Xbox Series X console on November 10th for $499.  Preorders for the new console will begin on September 22nd, with the company also offering …
Nick Summers / Engadget:
Reuters:
Africa is experiencing a crypto boom, with research finding cryptocurrency monthly transfers under $10K jumped 55% YoY, as young tech-savvy users quickly adopt  —  LAGOS/LONDON (Reuters) - Four months ago, Abolaji Odunjo made a fundamental change to his business selling mobile phones …
Oliver Haslam / iMore:
Epic says Apple is disabling Sign In with Apple for Fortnite on Sept. 11 and impacted users should update their account email address and password now  —  What you need to know  — Epic has tweeted to warn users that Apple is going to block Sign in with Apple for Fortnite.
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Instagram says it has created an equity team to address bias in product development, updated hate speech policies, and is seeking to hire a new diversity lead  —  Instagram announced some changes it's making that are geared toward advancing equity within its workplace.
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Orchard, which enables virtual home buying and selling, raises $69M Series C led by Revolution Growth, bringing its total raised to $138M  —  Orchard has raised $69 million in venture capital to continue the development of its machine learning technology that aims to make buying a home less complicated.
Yi-Ling Liu / Wired:
To evade government censorship, Chinese internet users have repurposed GitHub as a COVID-19 archive for news articles, medical journals, and personal accounts  —  As coronavirus news was increasingly trapped behind the Great Firewall, the programming platform became a refuge from censorship.
Arielle Pardes / Wired:
Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma suggests that the way social media surfaces and amplifies the worst of humanity is our greatest existential threat today  —  The Social Dilemma argues that humanity's greatest existential threat is not climate change, but Facebook.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
TikTok reveals how it uses machine learning to maximize user engagement and says it's studying how to break filter bubbles that can boost misinfo and hoaxes  —  TikTok Wednesday revealed some of the elusive workings of the prized algorithm that keeps hundreds of millions of users worldwide hooked on the viral video app.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Motorola unveils the second-gen Razr, with 5G, Snapdragon 765G, 48MP rear camera, and the same 6.2" foldable display as first-gen, available in fall for $1,399  —  Available unlocked for $1,399 later this fall  —  Earlier this year, Motorola relaunched the Razr, modernizing the iconic flip phone brand …

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