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June 28, 2017, 1:35 PM

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New York Times:
Ransomware attack spreads to 64 countries including the Asia-Pacific region, is said to originate in software from a Ukrainian tax accountancy firm M.E.Doc  —  SHANGHAI — A cargo terminal at a bustling Mumbai port lurched to a stop.  Threatening text filled computer screens at a chocolate factory in Tasmania.
Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer.com:
Researchers find creating a read-only “perfc” file on Windows stops the current “Petya” ransomware variant from executing locally  —  Cybereason security researcher Amit Serper has found a way to prevent the Petya (NotPetya/SortaPetya/Petna) ransomware from infecting computers.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
Internal documents show how Facebook polices speech, at times unfairly punishing and censoring black users or those in disputed territories like Palestine  —  In the wake of a terrorist attack in London earlier this month, a U.S. congressman wrote a Facebook post in which he called for the slaughter of “radicalized” Muslims.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Google News unveils desktop redesign that highlights fact checking sites, streamlines design, and offers more personalization  —  “To give them that multitude of facts, voices, and perspectives, you want the UI to disappear and not be a sense of overload or cognitive load on them but just be transparent."
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Vivo demos Qualcomm's new ultrasonic fingerprint sensors that work under glass, metal, and water; commercial devices using them are expected in 2018  —  There have been rumours of Apple exploring under-display fingerprint scanning technology, but you probably didn't expect the first of such demos to come from China.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Source: Lightspeed asked Stitch Fix CEO to sign non-disparagement agreement after she complained about then-board member and Lightspeed partner Justin Caldbeck  —  When Stitch Fix founder Katrina Lake told Lightspeed Venture Partners, an early investor in her company, that (then) …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft to add Exploit Guard feature in this fall's Creators Update for Windows to help manage EMET-like exploit mitigations app by app  —  The built-in exploit mitigations are getting stronger and easier to configure.  —  The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will include EMET …
Paul Chadwick / The Guardian:
The Guardian rolls back much of its WhatsApp backdoor story, which was decried by 70+ experts, but will leave it online with a note highlighting deficiencies  —  The Guardian was wrong to report last January that the popular messaging service WhatsApp had a security flaw so serious that it was a huge threat to freedom of speech.
Makiko Yamazaki / Reuters:
Toshiba misses self-imposed deadline for chip unit sale, sues Western Digital for $1B for interfering with the sale process  —  Japan's Toshiba Corp (6502.T) has pushed back its timeline to clinch a sale of its prized flash memory chip unit, saying the $18 billion deal was being held up due …

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