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June 18, 2018, 2:50 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft acquires Flipgrid, a video discussion platform used by 20M+ students and teachers in 180 countries, and makes it free for schools to use  —  A YouTube reaction video platform for students is now free to use for schools  —  Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid, a video discussion platform used …
Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:
Google to invest $550M in China's second-largest e-commerce site JD.com as part of a strategic partnership  —  - U.S. tech giant Google said it would invest $550 million in cash into Chinese e-commerce player JD.com.  — The companies said the investment is part of a strategic partnership …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple says iOS 12 will be able to automatically share precise location info with first responders when iPhone users call 911 in US, integrating RapidSOS tech  —  Apple is announcing a new life-saving feature in iOS 12 that hasn't been publicly disclosed before today.
Killian Bell / Android Police:
Google Maps removes ability to hail an Uber from within its mobile apps, after adding the integration in January 2017  —  Google has removed the ability to book an Uber ride from inside Google Maps.  You can still look up the route in Maps and then “request the ride from the Uber app,” …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
YouTube Music and Premium expand to 12 new international markets, including Canada and UK and become generally available after soft launch in 5 initial markets  —  After soft launching in the five existing Red countries this May, YouTube is beginning the international expansion of its newly revamped Music and Premium services.
Nikhil Subba / Reuters:
SurveyMonkey says it has confidentially registered for an IPO with the SEC; number of shares and pricing not disclosed  —  (Reuters) - U.S. online survey company SurveyMonkey on Monday said it had confidentially registered for an initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission, through its parent SVMK Inc.
Anna Irrera / Reuters:
Square becomes the ninth firm to obtain a “BitLicense” from New York, to let state residents buy and sell bitcoins through its Cash App  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Square Inc (SQ.N), the payments company founded by Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) CEO Jack Dorsey, has obtained a license to offer …

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