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Steve Lohr / New York Times: How New York City evolved into a tech hub over the last two decades, fueled by Google's DoubleClick acquisition and the Bloomberg administration's policies  —  Euan Robertson started his job with New York City's economic development team at an ominous moment.

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Biz Carson / Forbes: Officials in Auckland, New Zealand suspend Lime's license after a glitch in e-scooters resulted in sudden braking, causing at least 30 injuries in 155 incidents  —  A software error sent Lime scooter riders flying after a glitch caused the scooter's front wheel to lock up randomly mid-ride.

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Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire: Sources: Amazon may be scaling down its expansion in Seattle, including subleasing offices it rented in a new skyscraper, and expanding in neighboring Bellevue  —  For years, Amazon has gobbled up office space in Seattle at a breakneck pace, creating a red-hot commercial real estate market in the city's urban core.

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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica: Florida inmate sues the Florida Department of Corrections after he was told he has to repurchase $569 of music he bought after the FDOC changed music vendors  —  Prisoners who paid $1.70 per song lost access when the prison changed vendors.  —  Florida inmate William Demler says that since 2012 …

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Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News: After an apparently coordinated group sexualized videos of minors via comments, YouTube warns creators it may remove ads on videos with inappropriate comments  —  A new controversy this week over the sexualized exploitation of children on YouTube has set off a wave of advertiser boycotts …

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Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News: Sources characterize Zuckerberg's May announcement of Facebook's Clear History tool as an example of the company's history of prioritizing optics over substance  —  Last May, Facebook promised to create a “Clear History” function it said would give users more control over their data.

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: Epic Games commits another $100M for prizes in Fortnite competitions in 2019, announces Fortnite World Cup for July with $30M prize pool, esports' largest ever  —  Epic Games, maker of the ultra popular Battle Royale game Fortnite, is putting up another $100 million in prize cash for competitive tournaments in 2019.

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Verizon launches limited trial of Tech Pack, a mystery box service that sends gadgets to customers for testing and charges them for what they don't return  —  Verizon has launched a mystery box service that delivers gadgets to customers' homes, lets them try the gadgets for two weeks …

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Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed News: 50+ Microsoft staff sign letter to Satya Nadella and Brad Smith demanding an end to a $479M US Army contract to license HoloLens tech for combat and training  —  A group of Microsoft employees is circulating a letter among the company's over 130,000-person staff demanding that executives cancel a $479 million contract with the US Army.

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Stephen Nellis / Reuters: Intel says it does not expect consumer products with its 5G modems to appear on the market until 2020  —  (Reuters) - Intel Corp executives said on Friday its 5G modem chips will not appear in mobile phones until 2020, raising the possibility its biggest customer, Apple Inc …

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Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed News: YouTube says it will remove ads on anti-vaccine videos, launches info panel below anti-vaccine videos that links to the Wikipedia page for “vaccine hesitancy”  —  YouTube on Friday said it would prevent channels that promote anti-vax content from running advertising …

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Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC: Twitter co-founder and former CEO Ev Williams is stepping down from the company's board  —  Twitter Co-founder and former CEO Ev Williams is stepping down from the company's board, according to a Friday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  —  “It's been an incredible 13 years …

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Beijing-based Nreal raises $16M after raising $15M this January for its smart glasses that look like ordinary sunglasses and weigh 3-ounces  —  Nreal, a Beijing-based developer of ready-to-wear mixed reality glasses, has raised an additional $16 million in funding to make its 3-ounce smart glasses …

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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters: NY Governor Andrew Cuomo orders two state agencies to investigate a report that Facebook may be collecting users' health data and other sensitive info  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered two state agencies to investigate a report that Facebook Inc …

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Ben Schoon / 9to5Google: Leaked banner on display at MWC 2019 gives a sneak peek at the Huawei Mate X, the company's first foldable smartphone with the screen folding outwards  —  Just the other day Samsung officially revealed the Galaxy Fold, it's first device with a foldable display.

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors: Source: Apple to close both of its retail stores in the Eastern District of Texas in a bid to deprive patent trolls of a jurisdiction notorious for its lawsuits  —  Apple plans to close both of its retail stores within the Eastern District of Texas in a few months from now in an effort …

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Jon Porter / The Verge: What to expect at MWC 2019: new flagships from Sony, LG and Chinese companies, foldable phones from Huawei and others, return of Hololens, and a lot of 5G hype  —  5G's early steps will continue, and the Galaxy Fold could get some competition  —  In the next few days …

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Ina Fried / Axios: Ray Ozzie is working on a new startup, Blues Wireless, which started trials with AT&T on a module that securely connects IoT devices to the cloud  —  Ray Ozzie, the man who created Lotus Notes and helped usher Microsoft into the cloud era has a new goal: helping devices in the home …

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Ashley Carman / The Verge: A few months after launching Focals smart glasses, North lays off 150 employees; company website says it employed “over 400 people”  —  North Labs, the company behind the Focals smart glasses, laid off 150 employees yesterday.  The company employed “over 400 people,” …

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Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal: Some popular apps send sensitive info like user's heart rate, intent to get pregnant, home listings viewed to Facebook via analytics SDK provided by the company  —  Wall Street Journal testing reveals how the social-media giant collects a wide range of private data from developers; ‘This is a big mess’

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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: CTRL-labs raises another $28M for its armband and SDK that translate impulses, that go from brain to hand muscles, into digital signals for gesture control  —  Ctrl-labs, a New York startup that's developing a device capable of translating electrical muscle impulses into digital signals …

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James Vincent / The Verge: OpenAI's recent decision to limit the release of its new text generator algorithm has sparked a debate among AI researchers over ethics  —  Nonprofit lab OpenAI withheld its latest research, but was criticized by others in the field  —  A recent decision by research lab OpenAI to limit …

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Matt Burns / TechCrunch: Circle, which makes a screen time management tool, raises $20M Series B from Netgear, T-Mobile, and others, bringing the total raised To $30M  —  Circle makes a fantastic screen time management tool and today the company announced a round of funding to help fuel its growth.

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Grace Dobush / Fortune: BMW and Daimler merge 14 services into five joint ventures including Reach Now for multimodal services, Free Now for ride-hailing, and Share Now for car-sharing  —  When Daimler and BMW announced a plan to fuse carsharing services Car2Go and DriveNow in March 2018, it was largely …

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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet: Duo Security survey of 120K+ Chrome extensions finds 35.4% ask users for permission to access and read all their data on any site, 84.7% had no privacy policy  —  Eighty-five percent of all Chrome extensions don't have a privacy policy.  —  More than a third of all Google Chrome extensions ask users …

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