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June 13, 2018, 12:00 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces a redesign for its Office suite, including desktop apps and Office.com, rolling out over the coming months  —  A simplified ribbon leads the way for a billion users  —  Microsoft is bringing its Fluent Design system from Windows 10 over to its Office apps to simplify them for the billion people that use Office.
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Researchers say campaign of price manipulation using Tether via Bitfinex may have accounted for at least half of the increase in the price of Bitcoin last year  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A concentrated campaign of price manipulation may have accounted for at least half of the increase in the price …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Roundup of what to expect from upcoming Microsoft hardware: heavily redesigned Surface Pro 6 in mid-2019, updated budget Surface later this year, and more  —  A bunch of new Microsoft hardware codenames and information are circulating.  Here's what could be in the works and when new devices may arrive.
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Judge rules that AT&T can complete its $85B merger with Time Warner, did not impose conditions on the approval  —  - He also urged the government not to seek a stay when issuing his decision in a closed-door room with reporters.  — Shares of Time Warner jumped roughly 5 percent in extended trading.
Gordon Mah Ung / PCWorld:
Intel has confirmed that its first discrete GPUs are coming as soon as 2020 for data center and gaming PCs  —  Intel wants to compete with AMD's Radeon and Nvidia's GeForce products  —  Intel has officially confirmed that its first discrete graphics chip will land as soon as 2020.
Bloomberg:
Apple changed App Store rules last week to ban iOS developers from making databases of users' address book info and limit what can be shared with third parties  —  - iPhone maker bans developers building address book databases  — Facebook scandal shows risk of sharing data on users' friends
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook will require businesses using its Custom Audiences ad tool declare whether contact information was gained with user consent starting July 2  —  Facebook is hoping to avoid another privacy scandal by adding new accountability and transparency requirements for businesses that use …
More: Reuters
Andrew Wong / CNBC:
Toyota says it will invest $1B in Southeast Asian ride-hailing service Grab, and a Toyota executive will be appointed to Grab's board of directors  —  Japan's Toyota Motor will invest $1 billion into Southeast Asian ride-sharing app Grab, the Singapore-based company said Wednesday.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Sweden's Truecaller acquires Indian mobile payments startup Chillr, which had raised $7.5M from Sequoia Capital and Blume Ventures  —  Sweden's Truecaller started out life as a service that screens calls and messages to weed out spammers.  In recent times the company has switched its focus to India …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Salesforce and Google say they will share data between Google Analytics 360 and the Salesforce Marketing Cloud  —  Last Fall at Dreamforce, Salesforce announced a deepening friendship with Google .  That began to take shape in January with integration between Salesforce CRM data and Google Analytics 360 and Google BigQuery.
More: ZDNet and GeekWire

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