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June 13, 2018, 10:40 PM

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Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Apple says an upcoming software update will disable an iPhone's Lightning port if phone isn't used for an hour, closing loophole letting police crack devices  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has long positioned the iPhone as a secure device that only its owner can open.
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 …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter will soon begin curating dedicated pages for live news events with tweets and videos that will be promoted in notifications, the Explore tab, and more  —  Twitter wants to create more of those experiences where it seems like everyone is following the same thing together.
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.
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.
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 …
Yoko Kubota / Wall Street Journal:
Records and sources say China will begin using electronic identification system to track cars nationwide on July 1; compliance will be compulsory from Jan. 2019  —  National plan to electronically scan autos adds to the ways Beijing can monitor its citizens, also including video cameras and facial recognition technology
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.
Tom Simonite / Wired:
Fired employee alleges in a lawsuit that Clarifai, an AI startup working on Project Maven, was hacked from Russia and did not promptly report it to the Pentagon  —  LAST SUMMER, A sign appeared on the door to a stuffy, windowless room at the office of Manhattan artificial intelligence startup Clarifai.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Q&A with Pocket CEO Nate Weiner as Firefox tests offering personalized feeds by analyzing articles and videos in users' browsing history and Pocket saved list  —  Pocket CEO Nate Weiner on how local data processing is the future of personalized recommendations

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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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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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