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Twitter to revoke verification for some accounts as part of overhaul

Twitter says that it’s making progress on its plan to review its authentication system, which it’s conducting in the wake of backlash against the social network verifying the account of a white supremacist rally organizer. In a series of tweets today, the Twitter Support account acknowledges that verification comes across as endorsement, and that the social network’s treatment of verification ...

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A disappointing debut for Google’s Pixel Buds

The Pixel Buds are an inevitability. The headphones were born out of necessity when Google embraced the smartphone zeitgeist and dropped the headphone jack with the Pixel 2. The company’s first Bluetooth headphones are a $ 159 attempt to ease that transition, and another chance to get Assistant out into the world currently dominated by Alexa. It would be a ...

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Study: Russian Twitter bots sent 45k Brexit tweets close to vote

To what extent — and how successfully — did Russian backed agents use social media to influence the UK’s Brexit vote? Yesterday Facebook admitted it had linked some Russian accounts to Brexit-related ad buys and/or the spread of political misinformation on its platform, though it hasn’t yet disclosed how many accounts were involved or how many rubles were spent. Today the The ...

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Amazon reportedly blames the U.S. Postal Service for Amazon Fresh issues

Amazon is blaming the U.S. Postal Service for having to shut down Fresh in some areas, Recode reports. Internally, sources told Recode that Amazon is saying the USPS was responsible for making the deliveries in most of the affected areas. As the story goes, Amazon is throwing shade at the USPS, telling food brands the USPS wasn’t reliable in delivering ...

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Microsoft makes Databricks a first-party service on Azure

Databricks has made a name for itself as one of the most popular commercial services around the Apache Spark data analytics platform (which, not coincidentally, was started by the founders of Databricks). Now it’s coming to Microsoft’s Azure platform in the form of a preview of the imaginatively named “Azure Databricks.” This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill “partnership,” where Databricks makes ...

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Microsoft joins the MariaDB Foundation and launches Azure Database for MariaDB

Microsoft today announced that it is joining the MariaDB Foundation, the nonprofit behind the popular relational database founded by the original developers of MySQL. As a platinum sponsor, the company is joining Booking.com, Alibaba Cloud and Tencent Cloud. In addition, Microsoft is also launching a preview of the Azure Database for MariaDB service today, which is joining Azure Database for ...

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Amazon drops plans for its own ‘skinny bundle’ TV service, report says

Amazon is cancelling its plans to offer a “skinny bundle” internet TV service, according to a report from Reuters out this morning, mirroring another from Bloomberg earlier this year. The issue at hand was Amazon’s ability to generate a profit from a service like this, Reuters said. Additionally, Amazon has had difficulties getting broadcast and cable TV networks to join ...

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Google’s jobs search engine gets salary ranges, a better location filter and more

Google Search’s built-in jobs search engine, which launched earlier this year, is getting an update today. For the most part, these new feature address some basic shortcomings of the first version. This means that in this new version, you can now finally filter jobs by how far away they are from you, not just by what city they are in. ...

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The AR-powered fighting MekaMon robot goes on sale at Apple Stores

After selling out of its initial run of 500, U.K.-based Reach Robotics scored a $ 7.5 million funding round to help it produce a more consumer-ready version of its battling robotics platform. Turns out VCs weren’t the only ones paying close attention to the company’s product: Apple has also been watching the company’s growth with keen interest. Starting today, the ...

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Essential offers up an Android Oreo beta for the Essential Phone

Android smartphone maker Essential promised that it would be releasing an update to Android 8.0 Oreo for its devices soon, and now there’s a beta version of the update available through its developer portal. This is just a beta, as mentioned, but it’s broadly available for anyone interested enough in the Oreo update to try out pre-release software. As mentioned, ...

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