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Situational awareness: Salesforce is buying Tableau for $15.7 billion in stock, and acting White House OMB chief Russel Vought asked lawmakers and VP Mike Pence for a delay of 2 years on Huawei restrictions that will affect government contractors, according to a letter obtained by the WSJ.
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai insists that YouTube is improving, but acknowledged the video service still surfaces a lot of videos of dubious quality.
The interview came before YouTube's most recent policy changes, though Pichai alluded to the changes that were announced last week.
We, you know, we rank content based on quality. And so we are bringing that same notion and approach to YouTube so that we can rank higher quality stuff better and really prevent borderline content. Content which doesn't exactly violate policies, which needs to be removed, but which can still cause harm.— Sundar Pichai, to "Axios on HBO"
Why it matters: YouTube is probably the toughest issue facing Google right now, amid allegations it is fostering hate, enabling pedophiles and spreading misinformation.
Driving the news: Last week, the company announced three changes along those lines: prohibiting videos that espouse one group as superior to another, changing which videos are recommended to exclude more "borderline content," and limiting monetization for creators who frequently push the boundaries of YouTube's rules.
In the interview, Pichai declined to give YouTube a grade on its work, but acknowledged the company has a tougher time evaluating videos than rating search results.
The bottom line: "It's a hard computer science problem," Pichai said.
Go deeper: Watch a clip from the interview
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While Google made much at its I/O conference about the ability to do more with less data, the rise of machine learning could add pressure for Google and others to step up their data collection efforts.
The big picture: Pichai acknowledged that some types of AI today encode social biases — facial recognition, for instance, tends to be better at detecting white men than women and people of color.
"This is why Google today, we don't offer APIs for facial recognition as a company. ... We want to make sure our models are working better."— Sundar Pichai
Meanwhile: We'll have more from our Pichai interview on Tuesday, including his thoughts on Big Tech.
Microsoft used its E3 press conference to unveil the first details on Project Scarlett, the successor to the Xbox One that is due out next year. The console will feature 8K video support and be up to four times as powerful as the current Xbox One X. And it will support games written for earlier Xbox consoles.
Why it matters: E3, the video game industry's big trade show, officially kicks off Tuesday, but the key news comes from the pre-event press conferences.
Flashback: Sony said back in April that its next PlayStation will also feature 8K video support and backwards compatibility.
The parent company of Make magazine and hobbyist tech conference Maker Faire said Friday that it was halting operations.
MythBusters' Adam Savage said the closure marked a "sad day."
Our thought bubble: Hopefully a nerdy White Knight can come to the rescue.
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Impossible Foods is dramatically expanding its Bay Area presence today, with 111 Burger King restaurants in the greater San Francisco Bay Area beginning today to offer a Whopper using the meat alternative.
It's part of a rolling introduction of the Impossible Whopper as the Redwood City, Calif.-based company aims to expand to Burger Kings nationwide by the end of the year, without leaving its current restaurant customers short.
"It's great progress," Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown told Axios, but quickly added: "We’re a tiny, tiny fraction of the way on our mission. We have to double in size every year for the next 15 years to achieve our mission."
Why it matters: Impossible Foods and rivals like Beyond Meat have managed to generate interest and demand for plant-based meat alternatives. Now they have to show they can satisfy those customers, in all senses of the word.
What's next: The company still hopes to have its first retail products in grocery stores by the end of this year, provided it can meet demand from Burger King and its other restaurant customers.
High school students in Connecticut made these electric cars to give kids with disabilities a fun alternate way to get around.