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July 17, 2021, 11:00 AM

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Gigi Sukin / Axios:
Facebook says it won't be “distracted by accusations which aren't supported by the facts” in response to Biden's comment that social media is “killing people”  —  Facebook fired back on Friday evening after President Biden earlier said that social media platforms are …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Biden says platforms like Facebook are “killing people” with the way they are handling COVID-19 vaccine misinfo, as White House calls on Facebook to do more  —  - President Joe Biden on Friday said platforms like Facebook are killing people by allowing Covid-19 vaccine misinformation on their services.
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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Apple removed Fakespot, which claims to detect bad sellers and fake reviews, from the App Store after Amazon complained that the app provided misleading info  —  Did Fakespot need permission to call out fake reviews as you shop?  —  Fakespot, known for its web browser extensions that try …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Current and former insiders shed light on IBM's missteps with Watson, as IBM takes a less ambitious approach to commercializing Watson in the corporate market  —  IBM's artificial intelligence was supposed to transform industries and generate riches for the company.  Neither has panned out.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft warns customers to disable Windows Print Spooler service after identifying the third Windows print flaw in five weeks and despite a patch issued Tues.  —  The third serious Windows print flaw in 5 weeks prompts new Microsoft warning.  —  Microsoft hit yet another snag in its efforts …
Reuters:
Sources: ByteDance's news aggregator Jinri Toutiao has been blocking new user and content creator registrations since Sept. at the behest of Chinese regulators  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - TikTok owner ByteDance has been blocking new user and content creator registrations for its Chinese news …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Report: Apple tapped VP of technology Kevin Lynch to help lead its car project; Lynch had a major role in development of Watch and associated health features  —  As Apple continues its work on self-driving car technology, it is shifting one of its most well-known executives to the Project Titan team.
Kait Sanchez / The Verge:
Unicode Consortium releases a draft list of new emoji to be finalized in Sept., including multiracial handshake, melting smiley face, a pregnant man, and more  —  Looking forward to beans and more  —  The draft list for the next round of new emoji was announced today, two days ahead of World Emoji Day on July 17th.
Yana Pashaeva / Slate:
Sales of counterfeit COVID vaccine cards are thriving on Telegram, where scammers even promise to get a buyer's info registered into an official database  —  First, people cheated to receive a COVID vaccine shot.  Now, they cheat to not get one.  —  As some venues, businesses, workplaces …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Interview with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi about Prop 22, capitalism, Travis Kalanick, getting nearly killed while delivering for Uber Eats on a bike in SF, more  —  The Uber CEO dreams of “pushing a button and getting a piano delivered to your home in an hour and a half.”  Uh ... let's start with dinner?
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Dorsey says Square is creating a new business line with the aim of helping devs build decentralized financial services products, primarily focused on Bitcoin  —  Square Inc. is creating a new business line to help developers build financial services products focused on Bitcoin …
Rest of World:
A look at six tech hubs around the world modeled after Silicon Valley that are gaining prominence: Lagos, Recife, Bengaluru, Shenzhen, Tel Aviv, and Medellín  —  The legends of Silicon Valley are well known.  HP, born in a garage.  Steve Jobs, the domineering icon who reshaped industries.
Nilesh Christopher / Rest of World:
Some restaurants in India are moving from Zomato and Swiggy to direct order services like DotPe due to their lower commissions and more access to customer data  —  Ahead of the company's $1.3 billion IPO, restaurants are moving to other platforms with lower commissions that provide more access to customer data.

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