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June 18, 2018, 8:25 PM

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Privacy leak found in Google Home and Chromecast that would let a malicious site find a user's precise location from Wi-Fi info; Google to fix leak within weeks  —  Google in the coming weeks is expected to fix a location privacy leak in two of its most popular consumer products.
Matt McFarland / CNNMoney:
In letters to Jeff Bezos, nearly 20 Amazon shareholder groups, ACLU, and others call for halt of selling Rekognition facial recognition tech to law enforcement  —  Facial recognition could revolutionize public transportation  —  Nearly 20 groups of Amazon shareholders are pressuring …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
In a sharp rebuke of the Trump administration, Senate votes 85-10 on an annual defense policy bill that included a measure to reinstate penalties on ZTE  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Monday to reinstate tough penalties on ZTE, a Chinese telecom company accused of violating American sanctions …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft acquires Flipgrid, a video discussion platform used by 20M+ students and teachers in 180 countries, and makes it free for schools to use  —  A YouTube reaction video platform for students is now free to use for schools  —  Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid, a video discussion platform used …
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed:
After Microsoft pulled reference on its site touting work with ICE, it reemerged after inquiry; Microsoft says it's “dismayed” by ICE's child separation policy  —  “An employee briefly deleted the blog after seeing commentary in social media.  This was a mistake and as soon …
The Keyword:
Google rolls out web interface for Android Messages to enable texting from desktop and says GIF search, Smart Reply, and more features coming by next week  —  Over the past few years, we've been working on improving the messaging experience on Android—from working with carriers to upgrade …
Killian Bell / Android Police:
Google Maps on Android removes ability to hail an Uber from within the app, after adding the integration in January 2017  —  Google has removed the ability to book an Uber ride from inside Google Maps.  You can still look up the route in Maps and then “request the ride from the Uber app,” …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple says iOS 12 will be able to automatically share precise location info with first responders when iPhone users call 911 in US, integrating RapidSOS tech  —  Apple is announcing a new life-saving feature in iOS 12 that hasn't been publicly disclosed before today.
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
WHO to add gaming addiction as a medical condition to the International Classification of Diseases, its highly regarded compendium of medical conditions  —  Video games work hard to hook players.  Designers use predictive algorithms and principles of behavioral economics to keep fans engaged.
The Information:
Filing suggests Travis VanderZanden, founder of scooter rental startup Bird that has raised $450M to date, has sold tens of millions of dollars worth of stock  —  The founder of Bird, a year-old scooter rental service that has attracted $450 million from investors, including Sequoia Capital …
Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:
Google to invest $550M in China's second-largest e-commerce site JD.com as part of a strategic partnership  —  - U.S. tech giant Google said it would invest $550 million in cash into Chinese e-commerce player JD.com.  — The companies said the investment is part of a strategic partnership …
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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