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Google is rolling out its face-grouping feature in Google Photos, first introduced in 2015, across Europe (Georgina Torbet/Engadget)

Knotel, a WeWork rival that uses blockchain to make acquisition decisions, raises $400M Series C at a $1B+ valuation, bringing its total raised to $560M (Mike Butcher/TechCrunch)

A look at Oculus Insight, Facebook's technology that makes inside-out VR tracking on Oculus Quest and Rift S headsets possible (Zoe Talamantes/Facebook Technology)

Shanghai-based The CareVoice, which is building an end-to-end mobile platform for insurers to integrate their existing solutions, raises $10M Series A (Catherine Shu/TechCrunch)

Users whose accounts have been disabled by Facebook say the opaque review process, the endless wait, and the inability to contact an employee can be maddening (Kashmir Hill/New York Times)

Samsung Galaxy Note10+ review: the screen is beautiful and handwriting recognition with S Pen is neat but software backslides into confusion and DeX is a mess (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

SpotHero, which allows users to buy and sell parking spaces, raises $50M Series D led by Macquarie Capital, bringing its total raised to $118M (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Google proposes new privacy and anti-fingerprinting controls aimed at making it harder for online marketers and advertisers to track users across the web (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

Remediant, which develops privileged account management software, raises $15M Series A led by Dell Technologies Capital and ForgePoint Capital (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Google stops using dessert-themed names for Android to better worldwide accessibility and names Android Q Android 10, refreshes Android brand logo and color (Sameer Samat/The Keyword)

Assessing the impact of telecoms' poor privacy practices through the story of a woman stalked by a man who obtained her real-time location data from T-Mobile (Joseph Cox/VICE)

Zenoti, which develops booking software for spas and salons, raises $20M from Steadview Capital, bringing its total raised to ~$100M (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Investigation reveals popular on-demand massage app Zeel repeatedly ignored therapists' complaints about sexual harassment and inappropriate client behavior (Brian Merchant/Gizmodo)

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Numbrs, an app that enables users to manage existing bank accounts in one place, raises $40M at a $1B+ valuation, bringing its total raised to ~$200M (Stephan Kahl/Bloomberg)

Drop, which scans users' credit card purchases and offers personalized rewards, raises $44M Series B led by HOF Capital (Danny Crichton/TechCrunch)

Amazon is bringing its online grocery store, Amazon Fresh, which will offer two-hour delivery, to India, starting with Bengaluru on August 23 (Alnoor Peermohamed/The Economic Times)

The European Commission is planning regulation to impose strict limits on the use of facial recognition technology by companies and public authorities (Mehreen Khan/Financial Times)

Sources: Apple is planning to launch Pro iPhones with three-sensor camera systems for better low-light photos and video recording, new iPads, larger MacBook Pro (Bloomberg)

The definition of hacking under US federal law needs to evolve to account for new technological developments such as adversarial machine learning (Ryan Calo/OneZero)

A snapshot of Amazon's financial history and why free cash flow, which Bezos called Amazon's "ultimate financial measure", is always higher than its profits (Rani Molla/Vox)

Berlin-based Mister Spex, an online store selling various brands of prescription glasses and contact lenses, raises 65M for store and international expansion (Ana Wolsztajn/Tech.eu)

Fitbit wins a Singapore government contract to provide fitness trackers for free for up to a million citizens who subscribe to the $10/month premium service (Christina Farr/CNBC)

Wireless giant SoftBank Corp's brokerage unit, One Tap BUY, will allow individuals in Japan to participate in IPOs for as little as $10, starting next year (Takahiko Hyuga/Bloomberg)

Eminem's publisher Eight Mile Style sues Spotify claiming copyright infringement, challenges the constitutionality of the Music Modernization Act passed in 2018 (Eriq Gardner/Hollywood Reporter)

IAC has acquired short-term nursing jobs marketplace NurseFly, source says for $15M (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)

Used clothing online marketplace ThredUp says it has raised a total of $175M over the past year; ThredUp is valued at ~$670M according to PitchBook (Glenda Toma/Forbes)

Google, Mozilla, Apple to block root certificate issued by Kazakhstan which could be used to monitor users; Microsoft says cert not in its Trusted Root Program (Joseph Cox/VICE)

Source: Google is planning an update to the Home Mini, called the Nest Mini, with a similar form factor, wall mount, improved sound, and 3.5mm jack (Stephen Hall/9to5Google)

Big data analytics service Splunk to acquire cloud monitoring company SignalFx for $1.05B (Natalie Gagliordi/ZDNet)

A look at the weird and wacky patents filed by tech companies, some seemingly unrelated to the industry, and the reasons behind filing for them (Rose Eveleth/Slate)

Microsoft, Google, Alibaba, Baidu, IBM, ARM, Intel, Red Hat, and others form the Confidential Computing Consortium to promote better data security practices (Todd Bishop/GeekWire)

A look at the many failed social networks launched since 2002, including Friendster, Myspace, Bebo, ConnectU, Path, Yik Yak, Orkut, Google+, and Vine (Whitney Kimball/Gizmodo)

Microsoft contractors say they listened to recordings, including accidentally invoked ones, of Xbox users, many of them children, to improve voice command tech (Joseph Cox/VICE)

Google officially rolls out a redesign for the Play Store, using its Material design language, and creates two distinct destinations for games and apps (Abner Li/9to5Google)

Researcher who was banned from Valve's HackerOne bug bounty program after submitting a Steam 0-day that Valve downplayed reveals details of another Steam 0-day (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Google DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, who led a heavily criticized unit focusing on practical AI uses, has been placed on leave for unspecified reasons (Bloomberg)

Raspberry Pi 4 review: still very cheap with an improved processor, true Ethernet, and more RAM; the new Desktop Kit add-on makes the device even more useful (Scott Gilbertson/Wired)

As criticism from Trump and Democrats mounts, Amazon is courting US policymakers of all stripes with warehouse tours, which are later posted on social media (Jay Greene/Washington Post)

Crossbeam, which builds a platform for potential partner companies to compare data, raises $12.5M Series A led by FirstMark Capital (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)

Lyft has been sued at least seven times in August by women alleging sexual assault by drivers and little action from the company (Lauren Kaori Gurley/VICE)

WeWork offices use the same WiFi password across many locations and employ the weak WPA2 Personal security protocol, creating potential for abuse (Sean Captain/Fast Company)

Amazon says it is opening an office in Hyderabad, India, which will house over 15,000 employees, making it the company's biggest campus in the world (Reuters)

Contrary to conservatives' claims, data from 2018-19 shows right-leaning Facebook pages with over 500,000 likes consistently outperform left-leaning rivals (John Whitehouse/Media Matters for America)

YouTube says it is shutting down its Messages feature for mobile and web, introduced in 2017, to encourage usage of posts, comments, and stories (Abner Li/9to5Google)

Facebook's conservative bias "audit" draws criticism from both sides after relying on interviews with 130 unnamed conservatives over internal data (Cat Zakrzewski/Washington Post)

Tala, a PayPal-backed startup that provides uncollateralized loans in emerging markets, raises $100M Series D led by RPS Ventures to expand into India (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

Intel unveils 10th-gen Comet Lake CPUs with up to 6 cores for thin and light laptops, based on its Skylake CPU architecture and 14nm process (Ryan Smith/AnandTech)

Waymo releases a self-driving open data set with 1,000 segments of 20-second footage in a range of driving conditions, free for non-commercial research (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)

Sources: PlusAI, which develops self-driving trucks and is backed by Sequoia Capital, is close to raising ~$200M at a valuation of $1B+ (Bloomberg)

Box unveils Box Shield, a set of native security controls with machine learning-powered threat detection for customers' cloud content, in private beta (Stephanie Condon/ZDNet)

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Abiodun distributes relief materials to Ogun flood victims - Daily Trust

African Games: Nigeria Wins First Gold Medal - Premium Times

African health ministers agree on new response strategy for disease outbreaks - Premium Times

Albania bulldozes restaurant after owner attacks tourists - Yahoo

Alleged land grabbing kingpin, facing murder, robbery charges, remanded in prison - Premium Times

Alleged N22.9bn: Court admits U.S.-based woman to N250m bail - New Telegraph

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American banking giant, JP Morgan, partners NSE on derivatives - Premium Times

Amnesty Programme underDokubo's magic wand - The Sun

ANALYSIS: 12 ministers Buhari retained in previous portfolios - Premium Times

Another US combat drone has been shot out of the sky over war-torn Yemen - Yahoo

APC, PDP in test of will over Enugu North - Tribune

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Aregbesola at interior ministry, to assume duties Monday - Premium Times

Beijing hits back after Trudeau vows to stand up to China - Yahoo

Bestman Onyedi: Life and times of a good man - The Sun

Biden Cites Jewish Proverb to Condemn Trump: Campaign Update - Yahoo

Black women earn $1m less than white men over lifetime, study finds - Yahoo

Brexit: Boris Johnson warned US trade deal 'highly unlikely' if Ireland has hard border - Yahoo

Britain, Germany agree on Brexit with deal, differ on approaches - Premium Times

Broadcasters International: A focus on Nigeria's broadcasting professionals - Tribune

Buhari approves key appointments for Osinbajo's office - Premium Times

Buhari creates five new federal ministries - Premium Times

Buhari unbundles ministries, retains petroleum portfolio - New Telegraph

Cafe One hosts 2019 Caine Prize winner, Lesley Nneka Arimah - Tribune

California blames Texas for San Francisco's homeless crisis - Yahoo

Canada accused of unlawfully questioning Huawei's Meng - Yahoo

Catholic Priest Abuse Survivors' Group Says It's 'Cowardly' That Convicted Cardinal Has Not Been Defrocked - Yahoo

Certificate Forgery: Suspended presidential aide, Obono-Obla, moves to stop ICPC investigation - Premium Times

China State Media Says U.K. ConsulateWorker Visited Prostitute - Yahoo

China warns UK to stay out of its affairs after arrest of British Consul worker - Yahoo

Court jails man for damaging AEDC transformer - Daily Trust

Cruise ship tours: Take a look inside Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Splendor - Yahoo

Danish ex-PM attacks Trump for comments on defense spending - Yahoo

Denmark reacts with shock and anger as 'disrespectful' Trump cancels trip over Greenland sale row - Yahoo

Dominican's largest drug trafficking gang dismantled after raids, says prosecutor - Yahoo

Drivers in Idaho keep harassing busloads of immigrants' children on their way to pre-school - Yahoo

Ex-VA doctor who was fired for being drunk on job charged with manslaughter in 3 veterans' deaths - Yahoo

Extra-judicial killing: Four policemen to face murder charge - Daily Trust

F-35 stealth fighter jets on fast track to receive laser-based offensive and defensive capabilities - Yahoo

Farmer's threat prompts U.S. Agriculture Department to pull staff from crop tour - Yahoo

FCT elders move to unite natives - Daily Trust

FG approves N600bn to boost power supply - New Telegraph

FG to inject N600bn in electricity market ' TCN - Premium Times

Fire claims three lives in South-West Pakistan - Premium Times

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