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May 30, 2016, 12:15 PM

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David Meyer / Fortune:
Asus unveils Zenbo, a $599 home robot with voice command recognition, touchscreen, smart-home integrations, more; dev program in works; launch date undisclosed  —  Asus asuuy may be best known as the maker of laptops and phones, but on Monday it unveiled a fairly low-cost robot that can help …
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
ASUS ZenBook 3: thinner, lighter, and faster than the MacBook with Core i7, 16GB RAM, and 1TB SSD for $1,999  —  How much more can ASUS shave off of the ZenBook, its flagship ultraportable?  Apparently, quite a bit.  The company's new ZenBook 3, announced today at Computex, clocks in at just 2 pounds and 11.9mm (0.46-inches) thick.
Reuters:
Iran gives foreign messaging apps a year to move all data and activity linked to Iranian users onto servers inside the country  —  May 29 Iran has given foreign messaging apps a year to move data they hold about Iranian users onto servers inside the country, prompting privacy and security concerns on social media.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
ARM announces new Cortex-A73 CPU and Mali-G71 GPU, hoping to power mobile VR in 2017  —  ARM, the company that designs the processor architectures used in virtually all mobile devices on the market, has used Computex Taipei 2016 to announce new products that it expects to see deployed in high-end phones next year.
David Ovalle / Miami Herald:
Defense argues Bitcoin isn't actually money under Florida law, in what is believed to be the first money-laundering case against someone for dealing in bitcoins  —  Michell Espinoza is asking a judge to throw out criminal charges against him  —  He argues that the virtual currency is not actual money under Florida law
Dissent Doe / The Daily Dot:
FBI raids home of security researcher who discovered unencrypted sensitive health data of 22K dental patients on an unsecured public FTP server  —  Someone alerts you to exposed, unencrypted patient information on your FTP server.  Is the correct response to thank them profusely or try to have them charged as a criminal hacker?
Reuters:
Sources: the Feinstein-Burr encryption bill has lost support in Congress, likely won't be introduced this year  —  After a rampage that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, key U.S. lawmakers pledged to seek a law requiring technology companies to give law enforcement agencies a “back door” …
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Researchers report vulnerabilities in The DAO, an Ethereum-based organization resembling a VC fund, letting attackers freeze or steal cryptocurrency  —  A group of computer scientists released a paper on Friday describing a number of security vulnerabilities in a novel cryptocurrency crowdfunding project …
New York Times:
Some Silicon Valley luminaries, including Vinod Khosla and Jessica Livingston, express approval for Peter Thiel's tactics against Gawker  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After the news that one of Silicon Valley's stars secretly funded a lawsuit to bring down a gossip site, the overwhelming response …

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