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May 19, 2021, 10:20 AM

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Erik Kay / The Keyword:
Google says it's working on a new digital car key feature for Android 12 to unlock or start your car, announces Fast Pair for faster Bluetooth pairing, and more  —  Phones are at the center of our digital lives.  When purchasing a phone these days, we're buying not only a phone …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
CNBC:
Bitcoin fell 20%+ over the last 24 hours to below $35K, the lowest level since Feb., and is down 30%+ in the last week; Ether, Dogecoin, and others also plunged  —  Galaxy Digital's Novogratz on bitcoin's plunge: These are setbacks for investor base  —  Bitcoin plunged to near $30,000 …
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Coinbase is down for some users as cryptocurrencies plunged; Coinbase stock is down ~9%  —  - Crypto-exchange company Coinbase appeared to be down Wednesday morning, as digital coins plunged.  — The company's stock fell 10% just after trading began Wednesday.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
iPad Pro (2021) review: amazing mini-LED screen on 12.9", fast M1 CPU, Center Stage works well for video calls, but camera still misplaced and no multi-user  —  Mini LED, major improvement  —  How much do you care about having a great screen?  —  That, really, is the only question that matters with the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Lauren Goode / Wired:
Early look at Google's Project Starline, a video booth with a 65" display and several sensors and cameras allowing for 3D representations of video call subjects  —  Our reporter tests out a “video booth” to glimpse of the future of telepresence.  —  OVER THE PAST several years …
Scott Stein / CNET:
Google unveils Wear OS 3.0, with a revamped design and 30% performance boost, and partners with Samsung, which will use Wear OS, not Tizen, for its next watches  —  Were you considering buying a smartwatch for your Android phone?  Hold off until the fall.  Google and Samsung have announced …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Google announces LaMDA, a language model for dialogue applications that it says represents a “breakthrough” for having natural conversations with AI  —  Google wants to build AI that understands language better  —  Artificial intelligence is a huge part of Google's business …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft confirms that Windows 10X won't launch in 2021 as planned, instead being integrated into parts of Windows and other products  —  Microsoft officials have admitted what leaked a week-plus ago: Its Chrome-OS competitor, Windows 10X, isn't coming.  Instead, some of the 10X technologies …
Jessica Conditt / Engadget:
Google announces plans to build a commercial-grade quantum computer by 2029 and unveiled its new quantum AI campus in Santa Barbara, California  —  Google developers are confident they can build a commercial-grade quantum computer by 2029.  Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the plan during
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google says Android TV OS, which includes Google TV, now reaches over 80M monthly active devices, with 80% YoY growth in the US  —  Google offered an update on its TV platform, Android OS, at its Google I/O developer event on Tuesday.  The company said its Android TV OS now reaches …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google teams with Shopify to let Shopify's 1.7M+ merchants easily sign up to have their products appear across YouTube, Search, Maps, Images, and Lens  —  Google today announced it's partnering with Shopify, giving the e-commerce platform's over 1.7 million merchants the ability …
Zoe Kleinman / BBC:
Google unveils a tool that uses AI to help spot skin, hair, and nail conditions, based on images from patients, says it plans to launch it later this year  —  Google has unveiled a tool that uses artificial intelligence to help spot skin, hair and nail conditions, based on images uploaded by patients.
Miles Parks / NPR:
Mental health experts, disagreeing with Mark Zuckerberg, increasingly see a correlation between poor mental health and social media use, call for more research  —  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' biggest fear as a parent isn't gun violence, or drunk driving, or anything related to the pandemic.
Carl Beekhuizen / Ethereum Blog:
Ethereum Foundation says “in the upcoming months” Ethereum will fully transition from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake, which requires far less power consumption  —  TL;DR: Ethereum will use at least ~99.95% less energy post merge.  —  Ethereum will be completing the transition …
Financial Times:
Investigation shows how dubious Twitter accounts with cultish followings can cause sudden surges in trading for penny stocks after endorsing them  —  “ALERT!!!”, shouted a Twitter post on February 3 by a user called Alexander Delarge, whose profile picture is the sociopathic protagonist with a similar name from A Clockwork Orange.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify will auto-transcribe certain original shows in the coming weeks as part of a beta rollout of the feature that it aims to eventually enable for all shows  —  With a goal of a wider rollout  —  Spotify announced multiple updates to make its app more accessible across iOS and Android today …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Amazon says it is extending its ban on selling facial recognition tech to police indefinitely  —  The firm said in June its freeze would last a year to ‘give Congress enough time to implement appropriate rules.’ No federal laws have been passed since.  —  Amazon is extending its global ban …

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