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May 12, 2022, 1:00 AM

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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 …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Financial Times:
Brian Armstrong says there's “no risk of bankruptcy” after Coinbase said in its filing that its users might lose all their crypto if the exchange goes bankrupt  —  Shares in crypto exchange fall 23% after bleak results and new risk disclosure  —  Shares in cryptocurrency exchange …
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 …
CoinDesk:
Sources: Terraform Labs CEO Do Kwon pseudonymously co-founded Basis Cash, a failed algorithmic stablecoin set up in 2020 that peaked at $174M total value locked  —  Basis Cash, an algorithmic stablecoin project founded by the anonymous “Rick” and “Morty” in 2020, was actually the work of Terraform Labs employees.
Tim Copeland / The Block:
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitter launches Data Dash, a browser game intended to help explain some of its privacy settings, as part of a bigger push around its rewritten privacy policy  —  Avoid ads and trolls in Twitter Data Dash  —  Twitter released a new browser game on Wednesday that's intended to help explain some of its privacy settings.
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 …
Crystal Tse / Bloomberg:
Sources: Instacart confidentially filed documents for an IPO, which could happen as soon as 2022, though the timing could slip or the startup could stay private  —  Instacart Inc., the grocery delivery platform, has confidentially filed documents for an initial public offering, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

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