Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Sources: Google staff are having a fiery debate on a mailing list about banning a Hong Kong protest game from Play; the issue also came up at an all hands — Many in Hong Kong want autonomy from the Chinese government. Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google unveils the second-gen version of Assistant, promising speed boosts, new capabilities, and a design overhaul, coming first to Pixel phones — Coming first to Pixel phones — Google has announced the second-generation version of its Google Assistant software, which promises new capabilities …
Sebastian Herrera / Wall Street Journal:
A look at startups like Zippin and Standard Cognition that are pitching their Amazon Go-like tech to grocery chains, sports stadiums, and convenience stores — Zippin and Standard Cognition are two of the startups pitching their systems and apps as nonthreatening alternatives to Amazon´s cashier-free tech
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Reliance Jio unveils an AI-powered Video Call Assistant service that will allow businesses to automate their customer support and other communications — Before Google moves to bring its human-sounding robot calling service Duplex to help users automate their interactions with businesses …
David Pan / CoinDesk:
China Construction Bank says its blockchain-based platform for factoring and forfaiting services has processed $53B+ in transactions since April 2018 — China Construction Bank, one of the largest Chinese commercial banks, has expanded its trade finance blockchain platform with new abilities …
Philip Georgiadis / Financial Times:
US private equity group Thoma Bravo agrees to buy British cybersecurity company Sophos for £3.1B — US private equity group Thoma Bravo has agreed to buy Sophos in a deal which values the British cyber security group at £3.1bn including net debt.
Horace He / The Gradient:
ML frameworks in 2019: analysis of AI research papers shows TensorFlow is the platform of choice in industry, but most researchers are now using PyTorch — Since deep learning regained prominence in 2012, many machine learning frameworks have clamored to become the new favorite among researchers and industry practitioners.
Columbia Journalism Review:
While tech journalists recently have embraced a watchdog role, they could be even more useful by focusing on solutions rather than palace intrigue and villains — In March, when Mark Zuckerberg called for new regulations on internet companies, journalists rightly covered the move with skepticism.
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Atlantic:
Newsletter platforms like Substack, which recently raised a $15.3M funding round, offer some writers a sustainable business model, but others see a bubble — Venture capital has finally come for the least sexy communication style. — It´s unclear to me whether anyone has ever fallen in love over email …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
What to expect from Google on Oct. 15: Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, a faster Google Assistant, a more affordable Pixelbook, new Pixel Buds, and additional devices — Pixel 4, a new Pixelbook, new Nest devices, and more — Google´s annual fall hardware showcase is happening on Tuesday, October 15th, and we expect it to be a big one.