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May 11, 2022, 6:15 PM

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Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
Google Maps brings a new “immersive view”, a combination of Street View and aerial shots, for select cities and will let third-party apps use Live View's AR  —  At Google I/O 2022, the company unveiled improvements for Google Maps including a new “immersive view” …
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Google Translate adds support for 24 additional languages, including regional dialects from India, South America, and Africa, used by 300M people  —  Google Translate has today confirmed support for a further 24 new languages and dialects on its online translation service.
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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Google says it will launch a Pixel Tablet coming in 2023, after quietly discontinuing its Pixel Slate last year  —  Offering a sneak preview of the Pixel 7 wasn't enough, so Google's really leaning in.  Today at I/O, the company announced that it's returning to the tablet business with a new device set for, get this, a 2023 launch.
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Google unveils the $449 Pixel 6a, with its Tensor chip, 6.1" OLED screen, in-display fingerprint sensor, wide-angle and ultra-wide rear cameras, and more  —  During the annual I/O Developer conference Google has officially launched the affordably-focused Pixel 6a which acts as the entry-level model …
Andrew Romero / 9to5Google:
Google announces the Pixel Buds Pro, with ANC, pass-through, and spatial audio coming later in an OTA, available preorder on July 21 for $199  —  This year at Google I/O 2022, Google is focusing on bringing us brand-new hardware.  One product of this year's event is Google's new addition …
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Tim Copeland / The Block:
LUNA and the UST stablecoin continue to dive; LUNA dropped as low as $0.84, a ~97% slide in 24 hours, while UST dropped as low as $0.26, a ~70% fall in 24 hours  —  Quick Take  — The price of Luna has dropped 82% in the last 24 hours.  — Its related stablecoin UST has retreated …
James Vincent / The Verge:
The European Commission proposes regulation that would require tech companies to scan for CSAM and “grooming”, worrying privacy experts and threatening E2EE  —  The proposal has been called unworkable and invasive by privacy experts  —  The European Commission has proposed controversial …
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:
Kuo: Apple will ditch its proprietary Lightning port and switch to USB-C for the iPhone 15 in the second half of 2023, improving transfer and charging speeds  —  Apple will ditch its proprietary Lightning port and switch to USB-C on all or possibly some models of the iPhone 15 lineup destined …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google adopts the 10-grade Monk Skin Tone Scale to teach diversity to its AI, replacing the six-tone Fitzpatrick Scale  —  You'll notice the Monk Skin Tone Scale in beauty related searches, but Google is also building it deeply into its AI infrastructure, it says at Google I/O.  —  Stephen Shankland
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Senate votes 51-50 to confirm privacy expert Alvaro Bedoya to the Federal Trade Commission, establishing a Democratic majority  —  Vice President Kamala Harris broke a 50-50 tie in the Senate  —  On Wednesday, the Senate voted to confirm privacy expert Alvaro Bedoya to the Federal Trade Commission.
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Sony unveils the $1,599 Xperia 1 IV, with a 6.5" 120Hz OLED display, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, and a continuous optical zoom lens, shipping in September  —  Smartphones have point-and-shoot cameras (remember those?) beat in a lot of ways, but there's one thing traditional cameras still do better than phones: zoom.
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Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Saudi Aramco surpasses Apple as the world's most valuable company, FactSet says at a $2.43T market cap compared to Apple's $2.37T; Apple stock closes down 5%  —  - Oil giant Saudi Aramco is now the world's most valuable company.  — It surpassed Apple on Wednesday.
Ben Brody / Protocol:
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals votes 2-1 to let Texas enforce a social media law prohibiting Twitter, Facebook, and others from suppressing user content  —  A three-person panel of federal appeals court judges is letting a Texas law aimed at punishing social media companies for alleged anti-conservative bias go into effect for now.

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