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June 14, 2018, 1:15 AM

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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:
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook plans to separate archives for political ads and for ads promoting news publishers' political content; publisher archive will be ready in a few weeks  —  Speaking at Axios' Media Trends event Monday night, Facebook's head of global news partnerships Campbell Brown formally announced …
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 …
Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:
Inside the Open Markets Institute Conference attended by politicians and media execs who discussed the role of Facebook and Google on the media industry  —  You can't bust a trust if the trust busts you first.  —  Reporting From Washington, D.C.  —  The rising antitrust movement gathered Tuesday …
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.
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
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.
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.
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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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
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.
eero:
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:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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