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June 26, 2017, 7:10 PM

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Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa takes great advantage of the low-resolution touchscreen, speaker quality is better than Echo; device is a good value at $230  —  Siri may have ushered in the era of the digital assistant, but Amazon's Echo (with Alexa) really took that concept and put it in our homes.
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Avis signs deal to manage the self-driving minivans of Alphabet's Waymo in Phoenix; Waymo CEO says Avis' Zipcar network was part of the partnership's appeal  —  Rental car firm will service Waymo vehicles in Phoenix  —  Zipcar owner could give Waymo much needed access to network
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Sources: Google faces EU antitrust fine, expected to top previous $1.2B record, as soon as Tuesday, for unfairly promoting its own shopping search service  —  EU has accused Google of unfairly promoting shopping search  —  Fine, expected to be a record, could be followed by others
Twitter:
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube form Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, building on EU Internet Forum, Shared Industry Hash Database initiatives  —  Today, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are announcing the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Impressive first glimpses of simple ARKit apps, like a virtual measuring tape, suggest Apple is closer to delivering AR to masses than Google's Tango  —  Google's Tango is about the future whereas Apple's ARKit is about the present  —  Apple has often been accused of acting like it invented things …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
iOS 11 preview, as its public beta goes live today: complexity added to features without sacrificing simplicity of iOS, but multitasking is still limited  —  As simple as possible, but no simpler  —  iOS 11 is the most ambitious software update from Apple in a very, very long time.
Bloomberg:
Apple leases small fleet of cars from Hertz to test self-driving tech, according to documents from California's DMV; Hertz stock jumps 13%+  —  Apple Lexus SUVs leased from Hertz's Donlen, documents show  —  Alphabet's Waymo has signed a similar deal with Avis
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple has acquired eye-tracking firm SensoMotoric Instruments, documents show  —  Apple has almost certainly acquired German computer vision company SensoMotoric Instruments, a provider of eye tracking glasses and systems, based on evidence compiled by MacRumors.
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Facebook adds animated reactions, more masks, filters, and effects to Messenger's video chat  —  Facebook Messenger has had video chat capabilities for a couple of years now, and last December, it finally added group chat capabilities.  Today, the company is unveiling even more features …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Debian Linux dev reveals Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake processors have hyper-threading bug, which can lead to erratic system behavior including data loss, freezes  —  The latest Intel chips have a nasty bug that causes unpredictable system behavior.  —  Do you have an Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake processor under your computer's hood?

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Microsoft:
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IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
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Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
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