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May 19, 2021, 7:00 AM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google details Android 12's new design, based on the flexible Material You system, with better widgets and buttons, more animation, privacy features, and more  —  There are new features, but it's the biggest design update in years  —  Google is announcing the latest beta for Android 12 today …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google says Duplex will help Chrome users more easily fix compromised passwords, rolling out slowly to Chrome users with limited site compatibility at first  —  Google announced a new feature for its Chrome browser today that alerts you when one of your passwords has been compromised …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google unveils new features for Workspace, part of an initiative called “smart canvas”, including smart objects in Docs and deeper integration of Meet  —  Google is launching a slate of new features for its Workspace productivity suite today, starting with new “smart chips” that connect Google Docs to other products.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.

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