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June 21, 2017, 1:15 AM

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Michael Liedtke / AP News:
Uber adds option to tip US drivers, starting in 3 cities, and other ways to earn like being paid for waiting on riders to show, as part of “180 days of change”  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber is enabling passengers to tip its U.S. drivers with a tap on its ride-hailing app for the first time …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sources: A group of Uber investors, including Benchmark Capital, is exploring ways to remove Travis Kalanick as Uber's CEO  —  A select group of Uber's institutional investors is working together to explore ways of removing Travis Kalanick as CEO, Axios has learned from multiple sources.
Tony Romm / Recode:
Lucian Constantin / The New Stack:
“Stack Clash” memory management flaw found in Linux, BSD, Solaris, allows privilege escalation to root; patches are available  —  An important memory corruption defense in Linux, OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD and Solaris can be bypassed by attackers to obtain root privileges and take complete control of affected systems.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
OnePlus 5 unveiled with Snapdragon 835, 16MP dual-camera, 8GB RAM model $539, 6GB RAM model $479, on sale online June 27, available in select popup stores today  —  After several weeks of teasing and leaks, OnePlus has today officially announced the OnePlus 5, its latest flagship smartphone.
Mike Minotti / VentureBeat:
Twitch signs exclusive esports deal that includes 20 Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes events and in-game content for Twitch Prime members  —  If you're paying for Twitch Prime, you're going to be getting free stuff in Blizzard's biggest games thanks to a new deal between the two companies.
Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
Tesla confirms departure of Autopilot VP Chris Lattner, hires AI expert Andrej Karpathy as director of AI and Autopilot  —  Chris Lattner, who Tesla announced in January was hired from Apple Inc. as vice president of Autopilot software, has left Elon Musk's Silicon Valley auto maker.
William Turton / The Outline:
Leaked recording reveals how Apple's Global Security team uses investigators, rigorous screening, and embeds security members in product teams to prevent leaks  —  SECRECY AT APPLE  —  Former NSA agents, secrecy members on product teams, and a screening apparatus bigger than the TSA.
Alfred Ng / CNET:
South Korean web host Nayana agrees to $1M extortion fee after 153 servers hit by ransomware, after negotiating the sum down from ~$1.6M  —  WannaCry only demanded $300 from each victim.  These hackers extorted $1 million from one South Korean company.  —  Hackers appear to have pulled off …
Bloomberg:
Sources: BMC Software and CA consider combining companies to take CA private  —  New York-based CA has a market value of about $13.2 billion  —  BMC Software has been owned by Bain, Golden Gate since 2013  —  BMC Software Inc. and CA Inc. are considering a potential deal …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram adds Live video replays and says Stories has 250M DAUs as of June, whereas Snapchat only had 166M DAUs as of May  —  Instagram Stories is widening its lead over Snapchat and rolling out new features to keep everyone shooting video.  Instagram Stories now has 250 million daily active users …
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Khosla, Sam Altman, and a16z-backed Teespring, once valued at $650M, was valued at ~$11M in latest round  —  New financing dramatically cuts Teespring's valuation from $650 million as early investors Andreessen Horowitz and Khosla Ventures have stakes slashed to pennies on the dollar in the custom T-shirt marketplace.
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Amazon tests Prime Wardrobe, a new service that lets customers try up to 15 pieces of clothing at a time, with bigger discounts the more they keep  —  Prime Wardrobe is currently in beta.  —  Following in the footsteps of a host of e-commerce startups, Amazon's fashion division is testing …
Corin Faife / Motherboard:
Status, a messaging app and mobile browser to help users interact with apps on the ethereum network, raises $44M in its ICO  —  Starting a little before 12pm EST today, Status, a messaging app and mobile browser enabling smartphones to connect to decentralized applications on the ethereum network …

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