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June 22, 2022, 8:25 AM

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Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Amazon unveils new robotic tech for its warehouses, including Proteus, its “first fully autonomous mobile robot” meant to safely move large carts around workers  —  It can pick things up, put them down, and move them around  —  Amazon has announced its “first fully autonomous mobile robot …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Google redesigns News, elevating local news and fact checks, and relaunches the service in Spain after eight years, following Spain adopting EU copyright rules  —  Google News is relaunching in Spain almost eight years after it shut down to avoid paying publishers when the country introduced …
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.
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Tether plans to launch a stablecoin pegged to the British pound in July, dubbed GBPT, initially available on Ethereum, its fifth fiat-pegged stablecoin  —  - Tether has launched a new stablecoin pegged 1:1 to the British pound.  — It will be initially available on Ethereum.
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 …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers detail fundamental cryptography flaws in MEGA's end-to-end encryption scheme that could let the cloud storage service decipher stored files  —  Fundamental flaws uncovered in Mega's encryption scheme show service can read your data.  —  In the decade since larger …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Sheldon Reback / CoinDesk:
Crypto broker Voyager says its exposure to Three Arrows Capital consists of 15,250 bitcoin and $350M USDC; Voyager might issue a “notice of default”  —  The crypto broker asked for a first repayment by June 24.  —  Crypto broker Voyager Digital may issue as “notice of default” …
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 …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
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 …
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.

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