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June 22, 2022, 9:30 AM

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Jason Del Rey / Vox:
An internal Amazon memo from mid-2021 discusses running out of potential US warehouse workers to hire by 2024 and suggests some remedies, such as raising wages  —  Unions might not be the tech giant's biggest labor threat.  —  Amazon is facing a looming crisis: It could run out of people …
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 …
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.
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” …
Monica Chin / The Verge:
MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2) review: still fast with excellent battery life, but just two USB-C ports, design is from 2016, and webcam is still bad  —  Apple has put a 2022 CPU in a 2016 computer  —  I don't really care what the M2 MacBook Pro gets on benchmarks.
Sascha Segan / PCMag:
Nothing confirms phone (1) will not be available widely in the US and might not work well on some carriers, as it focuses on “home markets” in the UK and Europe  —  It looks like Americans and Canadians are getting ... nothing.  —  Carl Pei's buzzy phone firm …
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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
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 …

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