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June 12, 2017, 4:50 PM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Emil Michael, Uber's senior vice president for business and second in command at the ride-hailing company, announces his departure in email to employees  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Emil Michael, Uber's senior vice president for business and second in command at the ride-hailing company …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Uber's board unanimously votes to “adopt all the recommendations of the Holder Report”, which will be announced to employees on Tuesday  —  Uber's directors met today for seven hours to discuss the findings of an external investigation into the company's toxic culture.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
iPad Pro 10.5-inch review: great tablet camera, lower latency with Apple Pencil, and excellent battery life, but iOS 11 still three months away  —  More RAM, great screen, and better keyboard will all shine... once iOS 11 is out.  —  Nothing Apple has done in the last three years has reversed …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
iPad Pro 10.5-inch review: incredible screen and powerful processor, but it's expensive, especially with accessories like the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil  —  Apple extends its tablet lead, but iOS 11 might end up being a bigger deal  —  A little more than a year after Apple released …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers say Crash Override, which took down Ukraine's power grid, is the only known malware to have attacked physical infrastructure other than Stuxnet  —  AT MIDNIGHT, A week before last Christmas, hackers struck an electric transmission station north of the city of Kiev …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Zelle, the real-time Venmo competitor backed by 30+ US banks, arrives this month embedded in apps of participating banks; standalone app coming later this year  —  The U.S. banking industry's answer to Venmo has now arrived.  Starting this month, a new, person-to-person payments network called Zelle …
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
The Essential Phone will launch as a Sprint exclusive but will also be available to purchase unlocked from Essential's website  —  NEW YORK—The Essential phone that is the brainchild of Android co-founder Andy Rubin doesn't have a launch date beyond the vague promise of late summer.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat officially launches self-serve Ad Manager tool to make buying ads easier and a Certified Partners program that gives extra training to ad tech partners  —  To beat Facebook and Google's duopoly, Snapchat needs advertisers to build and buy campaigns with confidence.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft releases premium version of its Power BI data analytics and visualization software  —  Back in 2015, Microsoft launched a highly visual Power BIdata exploration and interactive reporting tool into general availability.  The service is now in active use at 200,000 different organizations …
Salman Masood / New York Times:
Pakistan court sentences man to death for committing blasphemy in posts on Facebook and WhatsApp, in a first for the country  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An antiterrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced a Shiite man to death for committing blasphemy in posts on social media.
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Tom Stone / Minecraft.net:
Microsoft announces cross-platform Minecraft play for Nintendo Switch, Xbox, mobile, Windows 10, and VR devices  —  Cross-platform play!  Super Duper Graphics!  In-game servers!  —  This E3 we shared our plans to introduce the Better Together Update to unify console …
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