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June 14, 2018, 3:00 PM

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Bob Pisani / CNBC:
SEC's William Hinman, head of Division of Corporate Finance who oversees cryptocurrencies, says Bitcoin and Ether are not securities but many ICOs are  —  The SEC's point man on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) says that bitcoin and ether are not securities but that many …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft begins rolling out Redstone 5 preview of Windows 10 to Insiders with SwiftKey support on desktop, new gaming features, and more  —  Testers can try it out today  —  Microsoft is planning to bring its SwiftKey keyboard to Windows 10 later this year.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat launches Snap Kit developer platform, letting other apps use Snap's login, Bitmoji avatars, public Stories, and Snap Map content  —  Developers join the Stories war  —  Today Snapchat finally gets a true developer platform, confirming TechCrunch's scoop from last month about Snap Kit.
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Apple says an upcoming software update will disable Lightning port data transfer after an hour of inactivity, closing a loophole that lets police crack iPhones  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has long positioned the iPhone as a secure device that only its owner can open.
Joshua Goldman / CNET:
Samsung announces second generation Chromebook Plus with 12.2-inch touchscreen, 2-in-1 form factor, Intel CPU, 32GB storage, and more for $500  —  Chromebooks — laptops running on Google's browser-based Chrome OS — are generally designed for affordability, making the term “premium Chromebook” something of an oxymoron.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google says its Tasks app will become part of the core G Suite service on June 28  —  Google has revealed that its Tasks app will graduate to become a G Suite core service on June 28.  —  Google Tasks, if you recall, has existed in something of an odd place for years …
Reuters:
Sources: Microsoft is working on tech that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from retail stores and has had talks with Walmart about a collaboration  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is working on technology that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from stores …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
An overview of the new Siri Shortcuts feature in iOS 12, and the Shortcuts app, which will be available as a separate app on the App Store this fall  —  In my Future of Workflow article from last year (published soon after the news of Apple's acquisition), I outlined some of the probable outcomes for the app.

Sponsor Posts

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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