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June 11, 2017, 5:25 PM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: Uber board met Sunday to weigh possible leave of absence for Kalanick and proposals in Holder report, which may recommend that Emil Michael leave  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Uber's board of directors is meeting on Sunday morning to discuss a leave of absence for Travis Kalanick …
Nick Summers / Engadget:
Johnny Lin / Medium:
How scammers use deceptive security apps and abuse search ads in the App Store to trick users into expensive subscriptions  —  It's far easier than you think.  No luck or perseverance necessary.  —  At WWDC, Apple reported that they've paid out $70 billion to developers, with 30% of that ($21 billion!) in the last year.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
How a hacking group used comments on Britney Spears' Instagram account to hide the location of their malware's command and control servers  —  Turla uses social media and clever programming techniques to cover its tracks.  —  A Russian-speaking hacking group that, for years …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Amazon says it has loaned over $3B to more than 20K small businesses since launching the Amazon Lending program in 2011, $1B+ in the past 12 months  —  Amazon has been ramping up its small loans business, with the company announcing today that it has loaned more than $1 billion …
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Apple launches Business Chat for iMessage in developer preview; Business Chat currently works with other customer service platforms like Salesforce and Nuance  —  Apple launched Business Chat for iMessage today in developer preview, company executives said onstage today at WWDC, the company's annual developer conference.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Apple will finally offer basic analytics for podcasts, enabling podcast creators and advertisers to get significant listener feedback for the first time  —  Basic analytics are (finally) coming to Apple's podcast app in an upcoming refresh.  It's a big deal.
Jason Snell / Six Colors:
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Apple's new third-party ad tracker blocker in Safari will further entrench the dominance of Google and Facebook in web advertising  —  The brutal logic of online advertising  —  The internet is an ad-tracking machine.  It's been true for long enough that we rarely talk about it anymore, but it bears repeating.
More: Wired and AdExchanger
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
How the philanthropic efforts of tech billionaires like Marc Benioff, Reed Hastings, and Mark Zuckerberg are influencing America's schools  —  In San Francisco's public schools, Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce, is giving middle school principals $100,000 “innovation grants” …
More: CNBC and NPR
Venessa Wong / BuzzFeed:
As Airbnb works behind the scenes to court commercial users, a look at some hosts with corporate backers and hundreds of listings on the site  —  With hundreds of listings and major corporate backers, a new breed of Airbnb host is changing the fundamentals of the service.  —  Of Airbnb's many hosts, Jan stands out.
 

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