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May 11, 2022, 9:00 PM

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Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
Google updates Maps with an “immersive view”, which combines 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 updates Google Translate with 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.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Google unveils the $449 Pixel 6a, with its Tensor chip, 6.1" OLED screen, in-display fingerprint sensor, 12.2MP wide and 12MP ultra-wide rear cameras, and more  —  During the annual I/O Developer conference Google has officially launched the affordably-focused Pixel 6a which acts …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Google plans to launch an Android-based Pixel Tablet in 2023, with speakers and a rear camera, after killing its Chrome OS-based Pixel Slate in February 2021  —  Offering a sneak preview of the Pixel 7 wasn't enough, so Google's really leaning in.  Today at I/O, the company announced …
Andrew Romero / 9to5Google:
Google announces the Pixel Buds Pro with ANC, pass-through, and spatial audio coming later in 2022 via an OTA update, available for 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 …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google unveils the Pixel Watch with a round glass cover that curves all the way to the metal sides, Fitbit integration, and a clickable crown, coming this fall  —  At I/O 2022, Google finally confirmed that it's making the Pixel Watch.  That said, we only got a teaser as it's not coming until later this year.
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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 …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
A US appeals court rules 2-1 to let Texas enforce a social media law stopping Twitter, Facebook, and other services with 50M+ users from moderating content  —  A judge blocked a similar law in Florida on First Amendment grounds  —  The controversial Texas social media law HB 20 …
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google adopts the 10-grade Monk Skin Tone Scale to teach diversity to its AI, replacing the six-tone Fitzpatrick Scale; the first results hit the US this week  —  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.
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
In a first, Meta withdraws its policy guidance request from the Oversight Board about Russia's invasion of Ukraine, over “ongoing safety and security concerns”  —  Facebook-parent Meta on Wednesday said it would be withdrawing its earlier request for policy guidance …
Katie Paul / Reuters:
Andrew Bosworth told Reality Labs staff that Meta plans to cut or delay some projects and details will come within a week; Meta says there won't be layoffs  —  Facebook-owner Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O) is preparing cutbacks in its Reality Labs division, a strategic unit at the center …
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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
The US Senate votes 51-50 to confirm privacy expert Alvaro Bedoya to the FTC, replacing former Commissioner Rohit Chopra and 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.
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Disney's streaming subscribers hit 205.6M globally in Q2: Disney+ added 7.9M subscribers to reach 137.7M, Hulu added 300K to 45.6M, and ESPN+ added 1M to 22.3M  —  Hulu added 300,000 subscribers to reach 45.6 million subs and ESPN+ added 1 million subscribers to reach 22.3 million.
Bloomberg:
SEC chair Gary Gensler says crypto exchanges are “commingling” services, which is not in clients' best interest, and notes their ties to popular stablecoins  —  Gary Gensler is ratcheting up his criticism of digital-asset exchanges, arguing that some platforms are shirking rules …

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