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June 2, 2017, 8:35 PM

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George Slefo / Ad Age:
Google says it will preinstall an ad filter in Chrome starting early 2018 aimed at ads deemed “annoying” by the Coalition for Better Ads  —  Google's Chrome browser will soon come with preinstalled technology that will block the most annoying ads currently marring the web experience, the company confirmed on Thursday.
Hannah Kuchler / Financial Times:
Google's Contributor services now let some publishers ask ad-block users to whitelist sites or pay a small fee per page view to make up for lost ad revenue  —  Group to launch ‘funding choices’ and charge people through new Contributor service  —  Read next
Rob LeFebvre / Engadget:
Report: code inside Facebook app refers to Talk, an unreleased messaging app for teens that may provide parental controls for filtering contacts  —  As Snapchat continues to rule among the teen set, Facebook continues to take a more active role in encouraging younger folks to use its own communication apps.
Kevin Kelleher / VentureBeat:
CEOs of Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and others decry Trump's decision to withdraw US from Paris climate accord as Musk exits Trump advisory councils  —  ANALYSIS:  —  President Trump announced he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, a move that will weaken efforts …
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Valve sets Steam Direct self-publishing fee at $100 per game; fee is recoupable, with Valve refunding the fee when game revenues exceed $1000  —  Recoupable fee to curb abuse without being “barrier to beginning game developers”  —  Valve announced today that anyone will be able to publish games …
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Walmart is testing program paying employees to deliver online orders on their way home  —  Retailer lets workers deliver packages during commutes home  —  Test of new program began at stores in New Jersey and Arkansas  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is testing a program that sends store employees …
Mallory Locklear / Engadget:
Samsung Connect Home Smart WiFi System ships on July 2, preorders start on June 4 from $170  —  Samsung's oh-so-smoothly named Connect Home Smart WiFi System now has a launch date and pricing structure.  The router, which was announced in March, also has a SmartThings hub built right in …
Cromwell Schubarth / Silicon Valley Business Journal:
Virtualized storage business Tintri files for $100M IPO  —  Virtualized storage business Tintri on Thursday filed plans to raise $100 million in an IPO.  —  The Mountain View company led by CEO Ken Klein has raised about $260 million since it was founded in 2008 and was among those expected to go public for the past two years.
Alexandre Aragão / BuzzFeed:
The real-world consequences of misinformation and false rumors on WhatsApp in Brazil, where the app has 100M users  —  The story spreading on Brazilian WhatsApp went like this: a couple — a young woman and an older man — were kidnapping children to sell them as part of an international scheme.
Tomio Geron / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is seeking to raise $100M+ at $1B+ valuation  —  Coinbase, a bitcoin startup, is in talks to raise about $100 million in new funding at a valuation of more than $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
More: Reuters, SlashGear, and CNBCThanks:@tomiogeron
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Password manager OneLogin compromised, says hackers have ability to decrypt encrypted data and all users served by US data center are affected  —  UPDATED: The company said that hackers have “the ability to decrypt encrypted data.”  —  Password manager and single sign-on provider OneLogin has been hacked.
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Nintendo's Switch subscription service for online play to launch in 2018, will cost $19.99 per year or $3.99 per month  —  Nintendo has shed more light on the paid online subscription service it's planning to offer for its Switch console, confirming US pricing, and stating that it will launch in full at some point in 2018.

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