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Uber and Lyft publish research on ride sharing in six US cities, excluding NYC, finding few vehicle-miles traveled but a heavier impact on traffic in core areas (Laura Bliss/CityLab)

Laura Bliss / CityLab:Uber and Lyft publish research on ride sharing in six US cities, excluding NYC, finding few vehicle-miles traveled but a heavier impact on traffic in core areas  —  A new analysis by the ride-hailing giants sheds some light on a long-asked question about their congestion impacts on U.S. cities.

Fossil announces Gen 5, its latest smartwatch running Wear OS, with an updated Snapdragon chipset, 44mm case, and a built-in speaker, available now for $295 (Ben Schoon/9to5Google)

Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:Fossil announces Gen 5, its latest smartwatch running Wear OS, with an updated Snapdragon chipset, 44mm case, and a built-in speaker, available now for $295  —  Fossil is the biggest name in Wear OS right now, but the specs on a lot of the company´s offerings have been a bit dissappointing.

Cloudflare CEO on why the company terminated DDoS protection service for 8chan: the site was "lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths" (Matthew Prince/The Cloudflare Blog)

Matthew Prince / The Cloudflare Blog:Cloudflare CEO on why the company terminated DDoS protection service for 8chan: the site was “lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths”  —  The mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio are horrific tragedies.  In the case of the El Paso shooting …

AI-powered news aggregation app SmartNews raises $28M Series E led by Japan Post Capital, valuing the startup at $1.1B and bringing the total raised to $116M (Kate Clark/TechCrunch)

Kate Clark / TechCrunch:AI-powered news aggregation app SmartNews raises $28M Series E led by Japan Post Capital, valuing the startup at $1.1B and bringing the total raised to $116M  —  A $28 million financing has made SmartNews, an AI-powered news aggregation app, a unicorn.  —  Japan Post Capital has led …

Parks Associates: 39% of US broadband homes own a streaming media player, up 1% since 2018; Roku and Amazon Fire TV own 39% and 30% of the market, respectively (Colin Dixon/nScreenMedia)

Colin Dixon / nScreenMedia:Parks Associates: 39% of US broadband homes own a streaming media player, up 1% since 2018; Roku and Amazon Fire TV own 39% and 30% of the market, respectively  —  New research data shows that streaming media player growth is flattening.  However, the number of connected TV homes continues to grow strongly, thanks to smart TV.

How companies use AI in customer service: some to serve clients better, and some to find the "breakpoint" at which their service is so bad that a customer quits (Sharon Terlep/Wall Street Journal)

Sharon Terlep / Wall Street Journal:How companies use AI in customer service: some to serve clients better, and some to find the “breakpoint” at which their service is so bad that a customer quits  —  Technology lets companies see how badly they can treat consumers, right up until the moment they bolt

Diabetics in the US are increasingly using electronic skin patches and smartphones to better manage their disease through continuous glucose tracking (Peter Loftus/Wall Street Journal)

Peter Loftus / Wall Street Journal:Diabetics in the US are increasingly using electronic skin patches and smartphones to better manage their disease through continuous glucose tracking  —  Wearable blood-sugar monitors deliver round-the-clock glucose readings—and relief from the daily grind of finger-stick blood tests

Sources: US officials warn the UK that a free trade deal would not happen if digital services tax on companies like Google and Amazon becomes UK law this fall (Ben Riley-Smith/Telegraph)

Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:Sources: US officials warn the UK that a free trade deal would not happen if digital services tax on companies like Google and Amazon becomes UK law this fall  —  Donald Trump´s administration is warning Britain that it will not get a free trade deal unless a new tax affecting US tech giants is dropped, The Telegraph can reveal.
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