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June 22, 2016, 2:00 PM

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Ditching iPhone headphone leaves room for a larger battery, isn't about thinness or DRM; Apple has proven itself at timing the removal of legacy ports  —  Nilay Patel, “Taking the Headphone Jack Off Phones Is User-Hostile and Stupid”: … And let's compare them to arguments against removing floppy drives from the iMac in 1998.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: this year's iPhones will be thinner with same size displays, lose headphone jack, have improved water resistance; big changes expected for 2017 models  —  Tech giant plans to break with tradition of overhauling its design every two years; headphone plug likely to disappear
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Dropbox adds better Office integration and file scanning to its iOS app; business users can search text of scanned documents  —  Cloud syncing and sharing software company Dropbox today is announcing a slew of new features for individuals and teams.  —  Probably the most significant addition …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
NFC support comes to Windows 10 phones as Microsoft rolls out update to Wallet, is available to Windows Insiders now, will be generally available late summer  —  Microsoft is starting its rollout of tap-to-pay to certain U.S.-based Windows Insiders; general availability in the U.S. is ‘later this Summer.’
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
The new entry-level Kindle is thinner, lighter, still costs $80, has double storage, and comes with Bluetooth audio support  —  The luxurious Kindle Oasis is no longer the new kid on the block.  Amazon just unveiled its new entry-level Kindle device, which is more portable and packs in twice as much storage as the last model.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Burner, the disposable phone number service, launches Ghostbot, a bot that autoresponds to unwanted texts to discourage conversations  —  Dating is a bleak, bleak endeavor.  Between seemingly endless swipes, missed IRL connections, and no one being emotionally available, it's dark out there …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
FireEye report finds sharp drop-off in Chinese cyberattacks on US over past two years  —  WASHINGTON — Nine months after President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China agreed to a broad crackdown on cyberespionage aimed at curbing the theft of intellectual property …
Ben Collins / The Daily Beast:
Twitter trolls are outing atheists and pro-LGBT women in repressive regimes  —  In Kuwait, the penalty for blasphemy can be a severe as death.  That's why a new campaign to dox young Kuwaiti women with independent minds is so dangerous.  —  A band of Twitter trolls alleging …
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Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
The kernel of iOS 10 preview released last week was not encrypted, puzzling researchers  —  When Apple announced a new version of its mobile operating system in San Francisco last week, executives boasted of features such as a smarter Siri and improved copy and paste.
The Unicode Blog:
Unicode 9.0 now available with 7.5K new characters, six new scripts, 72 new emoji, and support for lesser-used languages  —  Version 9.0 of the Unicode Standard is now available.  Version 9.0 adds exactly 7,500 characters, for a total of 128,172 characters.  These additions include six new scripts and 72 new emoji characters.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft says nearly one third of Azure virtual machines now run Linux, up from one quarter last year  —  Over the past year, Microsoft has seen customers use Linux in a third of its Azure virtual machines, up from 25 percent.  —  Microsoft's self-professed Linux love is helping the company in the cloud.
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