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June 12, 2016, 4:25 PM

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Andrew Marantz / New Yorker:
How HBO's “Silicon Valley” accurately portrays and satirizes Silicon Valley: extensive research and expert consultants  —  When Dick Costolo attended the University of Michigan, in the nineteen-eighties, his major was computer science, but he was surprised to find that he also had a knack for improv comedy.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
What to expect at WWDC 2016: Siri SDK, Siri on the Mac, next versions of iOS and MacOS previewed, Apple Music revamp, refinements to tvOS and watchOS  —  WWDC is almost here — and this year, Apple has more to talk about than ever.  That's because WWDC is Apple's software show …
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed:
With just the last 4 digits of @deray's SSN, a hacker rerouted texts to another device, bypassing two-factor authentication protecting the activist's accounts  —  Did you know that someone only needs your name and the last four digits of your Social Security number to hack your phone number?
Konstantin Kakaes / MIT Technology Review:
Why no high tech, high volume gadget like the iPhone can be made entirely in the US: cost, manufacturing capacity, and China's hold on rare earth elements  —  Political candidates opposed to free trade say Apple should make phones in the United States.  Let's see what that would look like.
Leena Rao / Fortune:
How PayPal is trying to catch up in digital payments space after losing ground under eBay  —  After a lost decade, the newly independent company is making big investments again.  —  During the gloomy spring of 2009, few tech companies were under a darker cloud than online auction giant eBay ebay .
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
What to expect from Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, EA, Ubisoft, Bethesda, and others at E3 2016  —  Keep track of the press conference madness and more with our rundown.  —  The Electronic Entertainment Expo may be a bit smaller this year, thanks to some high-profile publisher departures.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
As traditional polling methods become unreliable, Civis, a startup founded by Obama campaign alums, uses its databases to more effectively target polls  —  During primary season, when they were still mainly just spectators to the 2016 presidential race, Dan Wagner and David Shor had a routine they liked to observe on election nights.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Moments now #1 in App Store after Facebook warns users it will delete Synced photos on July 7  —  Facebook is continuing its heavy-handed push to get users to install its private photo-sharing app Moments.  The company's latest move - warning people some of their photos will be deleted …
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