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June 7, 2018, 2:20 PM

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CNBC:
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says US has struck a deal with ZTE, including a $1B penalty and a US-chosen compliance team to be embedded at ZTE  —  - Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the U.S. has struck a deal with Chinese telecom giant ZTE to end crippling American sanctions.
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Amazon announces Fire TV Cube, an Alexa-powered set-top box, available to preorder today and shipping June 21 for $119.99  —  It's been almost four years since Amazon first introduced the Echo smart speaker and its virtual assistant Alexa.  It's also been just over four years since …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
TCL announces BlackBerry Key2 with 4.5-inch display, keyboard with customizable shortcut key, Snapdragon 660, and two 12MP rear cameras for $649  —  Chinese electronics company TCL today announced the BlackBerry Key2, priced at $649 USD, $829 CAD, €649, and £579.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Amazon buys rights to exclusively livestream 20 Premier League football matches per season for three seasons starting from 2019  —  US online retailer will exclusively livestream 20 matches per season from 2019  —  Amazon has broken Sky and BT's stranglehold on Premier League football …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: US lawmakers are scrutinizing Google's Android partnership with Huawei and plan to publicly criticize Google for it  —  Silicon Valley giant drawn into Washington's escalating digital cold war with Beijing  —  Members of Congress have begun scrutinizing Google's relationship …
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
Microsoft begins next phase of Project Natick by submerging a data center off Scotland's coast, where it is designed to work without maintenance for five years  —  Microsoft kicked off the second phase of its experimental underwater data center project Wednesday, submerging …
Paul Vigna / Wall Street Journal:
Coinbase says it is acquiring securities dealer Keystone Capital in an effort to expand into the coin offerings market, pending regulatory approval  —  Cryptocurrency business plans to use Keystone assets to move into fast-growing market for coin offerings  —  Coinbase, one of the leading …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Valve to allow all games on Steam unless they are “illegal” or “trolling”, is building tools to give users more control over what content they see on the store  —  After a few weeks of controversy — which included a pulled game about school shootings and confusion …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Instagram to launch Snapchat Discover-style video hub with scripted shows, music videos, and more; announcement tentatively slated for June 20  —  Instagram is preparing to unveil a home for longer-form video — a YouTube competitor and its take on Snapchat Discover.

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