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June 19, 2018, 9:05 AM

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Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
In email to staff, Musk alleges an employee sabotaged Tesla, including changing OS code under false usernames and sending sensitive data to unknown 3rd parties  —  - Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an e-mail to all employees on Sunday night alleging there was a saboteur within the company's ranks.
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Google rolls out web interface for Android Messages to enable texting from desktop and says GIF search, Smart Reply, and more features coming by next week  —  Over the past few years, we've been working on improving the messaging experience on Android—from working with carriers to upgrade …
New York Times:
A look at Tim Cook's relationship with the Trump administration and Chinese government; source: Trump administration told Cook it won't place tariffs on iPhones  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple's chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, may be the leader of the world's most valuable public company …
Jennifer Bisset / CNET:
Apple ordered to pay AU$9M fine by Australian court for telling customers they weren't entitled to a refund after the Error 53 bug that bricked some iOS devices  —  The time has come for Apple to pay for the infamous Error 53 that bricked iPhones and iPads taken to a third party for repairs.
Swati Khandelwal / The Hacker News:
Experts say macOS' Quick Look feature has for years created and insecurely cached preview thumbnails and more for files in encrypted containers and USB drives  —  Security researchers are warning of almost a decade old issue with one of the Apple's macOS feature which was designed …
K.G Orphanides / WIRED UK:
An overview of the EU's proposed new copyright law that will require internet platforms to automatically filter uploaded content, ahead of Wednesday's vote  —  A proposed new European copyright law could make memes illegal and threaten the future of the internet as we know it.  Time to panic?
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed:
After Microsoft pulled reference on its site touting work with ICE, it reemerged after inquiry; Microsoft says it's “dismayed” by ICE's child separation policy  —  “An employee briefly deleted the blog after seeing commentary in social media.  This was a mistake and as soon …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon rolling out Alexa for Hospitality, a special version of Alexa for hotels that can help order room service, request housekeeping, more, by invite  —  Order room service, request housekeeping, or play some tunes  —  Amazon is today introducing Alexa for Hospitality …
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Ex-CIA employee Joshua Schulte, who allegedly leaked Vault 7 hacking tools to WikiLeaks, charged with violations of the Espionage Act and related crimes  —  Federal prosecutors charged a former CIA employee Monday with violations of the Espionage Act and related crimes in connection with the leak …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Privacy leak found in Google Home and Chromecast that would let a malicious site find a user's precise location from Wi-Fi info; Google to fix leak within weeks  —  Google in the coming weeks is expected to fix a location privacy leak in two of its most popular consumer products.
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
In a sharp rebuke of the Trump administration, Senate votes 85-10 on an annual defense policy bill that included a measure to reinstate penalties on ZTE  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Monday to reinstate tough penalties on ZTE, a Chinese telecom company accused of violating American sanctions …
Matt McFarland / CNNMoney:
In letters to Jeff Bezos, nearly 20 Amazon shareholder groups, ACLU, and others call for halt of selling Rekognition facial recognition tech to law enforcement  —  Facial recognition could revolutionize public transportation  —  Nearly 20 groups of Amazon shareholders are pressuring …
Killian Bell / Android Police:
Google Maps on Android removes ability to hail an Uber from within the app, 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,” …
Samm Sacks / The Atlantic:
A look at how China is pushing dozens of regulations and technical standards to wrest control of the entire internet ecosystem from the West  —  Xi Jinping wants to wrest control of global cyber governance from the market economies of the west.  —  It's never been a worse time to be a Chinese telecom company in America.
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Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
WHO to add gaming addiction as a medical condition to the International Classification of Diseases, its highly regarded compendium of medical conditions  —  Video games work hard to hook players.  Designers use predictive algorithms and principles of behavioral economics to keep fans engaged.

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