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September 9, 2021, 3:10 AM

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Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it's testing Communities, invite-only topic-based public feeds curated by moderators, initially limited to a few topics including dogs and skincare  —  Twitter is a useful place for following breaking news and keeping up with what the people you're already interested in are doing …
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Documents: LAPD directs its officers to collect social media information of every civilian they interview, including those not arrested or accused of a crime  —  An internal police chief memo shows employees were directed to use ‘field interview cards’ which would then be reviewed
Odanga Madung / Wired:
Investigation reveals how social media influencers in Kenya are hired to spread disinformation on Twitter against Kenyan journalists, judges, and activists  —  It's a lucrative gig for content creators, who can make $10 to $15 a day by smearing journalists and activists on social media.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Microsoft says it has now fixed a flaw that could have allowed hackers to access data of some Azure customers; Palo Alto Networks reported the flaw in July  —  Microsoft (MSFT.O) warned some of its Azure cloud computing customers that a flaw discovered by security researchers could have allowed hackers access to their data.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google announces Workspace updates, including spaces for collaboration, Meet calling within Gmail, and 27" and 65" video calling devices by Logitech and Avocor  —  A new GamesBeat event is  Google today announced a series of updates across Workspace, its collection of cloud computing …
Frank Chaparro / The Block:
Coinbase says SEC threatened to sue over its yet-to-be-launched Lend program, following discussions with the regulator that have lasted almost six months  —  Crypto exchange Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong responded Tuesday evening to planned enforcement by the U.S. Securities …
Cade Metz / New York Times:
A look at Sila Nanotechnologies' new battery model, which ships in the new Whoop wearable, and may fuel a change in energy storage for electric cars and more  —  This week, a more efficient type of battery arrives in a wristband fitness tracker.  It could soon reach smart glasses, cars and even aircraft.
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Researchers: China-linked fake social media accounts tried to draw Asian-Americans to protests against racism; Facebook, YouTube, Twitter suspended the accounts  —  Campaign is first known instance of China-linked actors fomenting real-world U.S. protest; 'They're copying the Kremlin's playbook'
Dave Nyczepir / FedScoop:
US Commerce Dept. says it is forming the National AI Advisory Committee, which will advise POTUS and federal agencies on AI research, competitiveness, and more  —  The Department of Commerce has set up a committee to advise the president and other federal agencies on artificial intelligence issues …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple announces a “California Streaming” virtual event on September 14 at 10am PT, where new iPhones and Apple Watches are expected  —  Apple today announced that it will be holding a special event on Tuesday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. The event will take place at the Steve Jobs Theater …
David Zipper / Slate:
As carmakers use infotainment systems to stand out from competitors, the essentially unregulated displays are becoming flashy, feature-packed distractions  —  You're driving and you're bored.  Tired of staring at the road, your eyes drift toward the polished touchscreen to the right of your steering wheel …
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
NYC police officers and critics describe the NYPD's growing use of post-9/11 digital surveillance tools, initially used for counterterrorism, in minor cases  —  Two decades after the attack on New York City, the Police Department is using counterterrorism tools and tactics to combat routine street crime.
Ian Carlos Campbell / The Verge:
Twitter says it is testing edge-to-edge pictures and videos in tweets on iOS to better support visual and text-based conversations  —  An Instagram-like focus on visuals  —  Twitter has announced that it's testing edge-to-edge media in tweets on iOS, creating a more full-screen …

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