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May 11, 2022, 8:10 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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Disney's streaming subscribers rose to 205.6M globally in Q2: Disney+ added 7.9M subscribers to reach 137.7M, Hulu added 300K to 45.6M, 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.
Dave Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: SEC is probing Elon Musk's late disclosure of his Twitter stake filed on April 4, over 10 days after his stake passed the trigger point for reporting  —  SEC is investigating Tesla CEO for tardy notification after buying 5% of Twitter's stock; FTC has separate probe under way of purchase reporting
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Samuel Agini / Financial Times:
Source: Chelsea Football Club struck a £20M shirt-sleeve sponsorship deal with crypto trading app WhaleFin, owned by Singapore-based Amber Group, in January  —  WhaleFin £20mn promo agreement preceded London club going up for sale and Abramovich sanctions

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