Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Amazon says Echo and Tile devices will become Bluetooth bridges for Sidewalk, its low-bandwidth, long-range wireless protocol, later this year — Last year, Amazon announced its Sidewalk network, a new low-bandwidth, long-distance wireless protocol it developed to help connect smart devices inside and …
David McCabe / New York Times: Trump says he would not approve a TikTok deal unless ByteDance ceded its control, after ByteDance said it would retain an 80% stake — President Trump on Monday said that he would not approve a deal for TikTok if its Chinese owner did not fully sell its interest in the product …
OneZero : Interviews with 36+ experts, insiders, and researchers: Facebook, Google, Lime, Zoom, and others fail to assess the risks of new products, focusing on profits — ne spring day in 2014, Susan Benesch arrived at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park and was ushered into a glass-walled conference room.
Ashley Carman / The Verge: Facebook says it will let people claim ownership of images and issue takedown requests across Facebook and Instagram, starting with select partners — The days of reposting images on Instagram might be over — Facebook is going to let people take more control over the images they own and where they end up.
Microsoft: Microsoft says it will acquire ZeniMax Media and its game publisher Bethesda Softworks for $7.5B in cash; Bethesda develops Fallout, DOOM, Quake, and others — Iconic games portfolio, publishing expertise, and world-class talent accelerates growth in Microsoft's Gaming business
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Mobile gaming startup Playco raises $100M Series A at a $1B+ valuation led by Josh Buckley and Sequoia Capital and will launch its first game later in 2020 — Playco is a new mobile gaming startup created by Game Closure co-founder Michael Carter and Zynga co-founder Justin Waldron …
Renée DiResta / The Atlantic: Disinformation campaigns require significant human effort but will soon be far easier and cheaper to undertake with AI tech like GPT-3 — Someday soon, the reading public will miss the days when a bit of detective work could identify completely fictitious authors. Consider the case of “Alice Donovan.”
Danny Crichton / TechCrunch: As the TikTok deal and Huawei imbroglio show, US is no longer on the leading edge of technology in many key strategic markets, and is falling further behind — It used to be “easy” to tell the American and Chinese economies apart. One was innovative, one made clones.
Financial Times: ByteDance asserts it will maintain majority ownership and control over TikTok Global and will not transfer source code or technology to Oracle and Walmart — Chinese company contradicts assertions of Donald Trump, Oracle and Walmart — ByteDance said on Monday that it would maintain majority ownership …
Jay Peters / The Verge: Facebook estimates it has helped 2.5M people register to vote so far, up from 2M people in 2016 and 2018, as it pushes to register 4M people — The company's goal is to help 4 million people register to vote — Facebook estimates it has helped 2.5 million people register to vote …
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