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June 13, 2018, 4:00 PM

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter will soon begin curating dedicated pages for events, with tweets, videos, and more, that will be promoted across notifications, Explore tab, and more  —  Twitter wants to create more of those experiences where it seems like everyone is following the same thing together.
Keith Coleman / Twitter:
Twitter says it's redesigning Moments by introducing vertical scrolling and adding multiple timelines for some US Moments  —  People come to Twitter to see and discuss what matters to them — from breaking news to the day's events and memes.  This is because whatever is happening in the world …
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 …
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.
Nick Pino / TechRadar.com:
Netflix says it has entered into a partnership with Telltale Games to bring simple episodic games to its platform, starting with Minecraft: Story Mode  —  EXCLUSIVE: Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode outed as first streamable game  —  Netflix and Telltale Games have entered into a deal …
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.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Epic Games says Fortnite now has 125M registered players under a year after launch; last week, Epic investor Tencent said 40M play the game once a month or more  —  That's a lot  —  Developer Epic Games announced today that Fortnite has grown to 125 million registered players in less than a year.
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Sources detail how Amazon is using AI to make crucial decisions, such as choosing inventory and managing retail operations, replacing white-collar workers  —  Amazon.com Inc. has long used robots to help humans move merchandise around its warehouses.  Now automation is transforming Amazon's white-collar workforce, too.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Over 70 internet experts and pioneers pen letter opposing proposed EU copyright provision to require internet platforms filter content, before next week's vote  —  As Europe's latest copyright proposal heads to a critical vote on June 20-21, more than 70 Internet and computing luminaries …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Dutch payments company Adyen opens on Amsterdam's Euronext exchange, up 67% at €400 per share on debut, giving it a market cap of €13.69B  —  After raising €1.1 billion in its initial offering and pricing its shares at €240 each last night, Adyen, the Dutch payments company, went public today with a bang.
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 …

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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.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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