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June 1, 2021, 5:35 AM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
On June 8, Amazon devices will join its Sidewalk wireless mesh network in select countries, sharing a slice of bandwidth with neighbors, unless users opt out  —  Amazon's experiment wireless mesh networking turns users into guinea pigs.  —  If you use Alexa, Echo, or any other Amazon device …
Alyse Stanley / Gizmodo:
UN report: a Turkish-made autonomous weaponized drone “hunted down” and attacked a human target without instructions to do so during a 2020 conflict in Libya  —  A “lethal” weaponized drone “hunted down” and “remotely engaged” human targets without its handlers' say-so during …
Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo:
Alienware unveils its thinnest 15-inch and 17-inch X-Series gaming laptops with 11th-gen Intel CPUs and Nvidia 30-series GPUs, starting at $2,000 and $2,100  —  It's been a few years since the last time Alienware's laptops got a big revamp, but with its new X-Series laptops …
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
AMD unveils Radeon RX 6000M series of graphics adapters for gaming laptops, which are based on the RDNA2 architecture that underpins AMD's desktop RX 6000 parts  —  Headlining a busy Computex for AMD - and a bit of return to form in that regard - this evening the company is making several graphics and CPU-related product announcements.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nvidia announces flagship gaming GPU GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, promises to deliver 1.5x more performance over RTX 2080 Ti, available worldwide on June 3 for $1,199  —  This is Nvidia's new flagship gaming GPU  —  Nvidia is unveiling its latest flagship gaming GPU today, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.
Andreessen Horowitz:
Analysis of 50 public software companies finds that repatriating workloads from public cloud infrastructure could help them reduce their cloud spend by 50%  —  There is no doubt that the cloud is one of the most significant platform shifts in the history of computing.
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Uber and Lyft acknowledge prices are up and wait times are longer, citing a lack of drivers; research found prices rose 37% from March 2020 to March 2021  —  The companies say they are charging extra because they don't have enough drivers to match rebounding customer demand.
Virginia Hughes / New York Times:
Maryland and Montana have passed the nation's first laws limiting forensic genealogy, the DNA matching technique that found the Golden State Killer in 2018  —  Maryland and Montana have passed the nation's first laws limiting forensic genealogy, the method that found the Golden State Killer.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Xiaomi demos fully charging a 4,000mAh battery in eight minutes over a 200W “HyperCharge” system or in 15 minutes with 120W wireless charging  —  New ‘world records’ in wired and wireless charging  —  Xiaomi has shown off its latest fast charging tech demo …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Instagram's algorithm will now rank original and reposted content equally amid employee concerns about suppression of pro-Palestinian voices  —  Social media app will promote viral posts and original content equally  —  Instagram is changing its app to show more viral and current affairs …

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