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June 22, 2022, 3:20 AM

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Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
As part of its new Responsible AI Standard rules, Microsoft plans to remove Azure's facial analysis tools, which can guess gender, age, and emotional state  —  The technology giant will stop offering automated tools that predict a person's gender, age and emotional state and will restrict the use of its facial recognition tool.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Meta agrees to alter its ad targeting and pay a $115,054 fine to settle a DOJ discrimination lawsuit for allegedly limiting which Facebook users saw housing ads  —  HUD had accused Meta of engaging in housing discrimination by letting advertisers restrict who could see housing ads on Facebook based …
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
GitHub launches Copilot AI, which suggests lines of code to developers, out of preview for $10/month or $100/year and says 1.2M+ tried the preview in 12 months  —  Free for students and maintainers of popular open-source projects  —  Microsoft-owned GitHub is launching its Copilot AI tool today …
Peter White / Deadline:
Barack and Michelle Obama's production company Higher Ground signs a first-look deal with Amazon's Audible; Spotify: “we declined to extend our deal”  —  President Barack Obama & Michelle Obama's Higher Ground has found a new podcast home.  —  The company, which is behind audio series …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Amazon names Doug Herrington, a 17-year company veteran, as its new CEO of Worldwide Amazon Stores, weeks after predecessor Dave Clark announced his resignation  —  Amazon vet Doug Herrington will become CEO of Worldwide Amazon Stores  —  Amazon has named a new CEO of its retail arm …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
The CEO and COO of Pornhub's parent company MindGeek resign, after an investigative report on the site's years of hosting nonconsensual sexually explicit videos  —  MindGeek, the internet company best known for operating Pornhub, said that CEO Feras Antoon and COO David Tassillo have resigned.
Mack DeGeurin / Gizmodo:
A DARPA report finds blockchains are vulnerable to “unintended centralities”, such as powerful new crypto miners, that could pervasively affect their security  —  The report points to a handful of, “unintended centralities,” it argues could concentrate blockchain power in the hands of a few select individuals or groups.
Katie Collins / CNET:
The EU says TikTok agreed to curb undisclosed ads by altering its branded content policy and ad reporting options and to ban promoting “inappropriate products”  —  After complaints that TikTok was breaching EU consumer rules, the company has worked with the European Commission to update its branded-content policy.
Richard MacManus / The New Stack:
The Khronos Group forms the Metaverse Standards Forum with Nvidia, Meta, Epic Games, Unity, Microsoft, W3C, and others, seeking to improve interoperability  —  Interoperability — or lack thereof — is a key issue in the nascent metaverse industry.  The Khronos Group aims to solve …
Paul Stenquist / New York Times:
After Tesla shifted entirely to online car sales in 2019, other US automakers could follow suit, seeking lower costs and wider distribution  —  Tesla shifted to selling cars entirely online in 2019.  Now, some established automakers, like Ford, are talking about taking a similar approach.

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