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June 19, 2021, 11:10 PM

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Eric Newcomer / Newcomer:
Andreessen Horowitz's Future doesn't compete with journalism because it offers up essays, not reporting, limiting its potential to promote tech-positive views  —  I've been dragging my feet on writing about Andreessen Horowitz's much-anticipated new publication, which the firm revealed Tuesday.
Todd Feathers / VICE:
Some US unemployment applicants say facial recognition models used by ID verification service ID.me are failing to identify them, locking them out of benefits  —  ID.me's CEO says unemployment fraud is costing taxpayers $400 billion, but his own company is denying claims because of problems with its tech, users say.
Reuters:
PayPal will increase US sellers' costs to 3.49% plus $0.49 per transaction on its payment products starting Aug. 2, up from 2.9% plus $0.30 on most transactions  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) -PayPal Holdings Inc will lift merchant costs for its branded payment products while cutting those for behind …
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Interview with Rep. Cicilline on his bipartisan package taking on Big Tech, Apple's DOJ subpoena, Facebook's platform lock-in, and acquisition and merger reform  —  Representative David Cicilline's bipartisan package takes aim at tech companies and would be the biggest antitrust reform in decades.
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Juan José Relmucao / Rest of World:
How an Argentinian govt. program that issued netbooks to 4M low-income students from 2011 to 2015 helped indirectly create a new generation of teen musicians  —  Working-class teens turned junked machines into musical instruments.  —  • BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Drought-stricken communities in the US push back against data centers' water usage; a typical data center uses same water per day as a city of 30K-50K people  —  On May 17, the City Council of Mesa, Arizona, approved the $800 million development of an enormous data center …
Chuq Von Rospach / 6FPS:
Apple, whose arrogance and sense of entitlement let it treat developers as a hassle for two decades, will find few allies as it fights looming regulation  —  6FPS V3#6 - Photography and More A Newsletter by Chuq Von Rospach  —  Welcome to the new issue of 6FPS.  —  If this issue seems late, believe it or not, it's not.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
How Roku beat larger companies by focusing on distribution, as it pivots to focus on original programming with plans to spend $1B on content next year  —  - Roku has out-executed larger companies and leaned on an unusual corporate culture to gain a $45 billion valuation.
Mercury News:
California launches a digital vaccine verification system built using the open-source SMART Health Card Framework, with QR codes to show COVID-19 vaccine status  —  Vaccinated Californians now have a new way to show they are inoculated against the coronavirus without carrying around a flimsy paper card.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft and at least a dozen startups are testing nonconducting liquids to cool servers in data centers, where almost half of the power is used for cooling  —  All those videos, emails, bank statements, photos, shopping carts, airline reservations, and so, so, so much more sluicing around …

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