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June 20, 2018, 12:50 AM

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Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
In internal open letter to CEO Satya Nadella, more than 100 Microsoft employees protest the firm's work with ICE and ask that it stop working with the agency  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In an open letter posted to Microsoft's internal message board on Tuesday, more than 100 employees protested …
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
After Senator Wyden's probe into whom the US carriers sell real-time location data to, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint say they are reexamining the practice  —  Carriers forced to make changes after leak of real-time phone location data.  —  Verizon and AT&T have promised to stop selling …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts game show platform that lets creators add quizzes, polls, and more to live and on-demand video; Facebook tests ability to award prize money  —  Rather than build its own HQ trivia competitor, Facebook is launching a gameshow platform.  Today the company announced a new set …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Symantec: a hacking campaign launched from China, with the likely intention of espionage, breached satellite and defense companies in the US and Southeast Asia  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A sophisticated hacking campaign launched from computers in China burrowed deeply into satellite operators …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Google Podcasts launches for Android with personalized recs and listening progress auto-sync; closed captions and language translation features are planned  —  Finally taking podcasts seriously  —  Google today is introducing its first standalone podcast app for Android.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Oppo announces Find X with 6.4-inch display and front and rear cameras housed in slide-up section above the display to avoid a notch; price and release TBD  —  The latest volley in the war against notches is a motorized camera  —  Photography by Amelia Holowaty Krales; video by Phil Esposito, Alix Diaconis
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Anchor brings its free suite of mobile podcasting tools to the iPad, following its relaunch earlier this year as a podcast creation platform  —  Following its relaunch earlier this year as a podcast creation platform, Anchor today is bringing its suite of mobile podcasting tools to the iPad.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook is testing autoplay video ads inside Messenger, after it started selling static ads in the service 18 months ago  —  The big question: Do users want to see video ads next to their private messages?  —  Facebook found a new place to sell video ads: Inside Messenger …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Privacy-focused Brave browser is testing its own tech for ads that will eventually pay users with its Basic Attention Tokens for viewing or interacting with ads  —  Brave, a browser that blocks conventional online ads and strips privacy-invading trackers off the web, has begun testing its own technology for supplying advertisements.
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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
San Francisco-based Peek raises $23M Series B and inks partnership with Google in push to digitize travel activities  —  Peek, a U.S. startup aiming to digitize the travel activities industry, has pulled a $23 million Series B round of financing and uncorked a partnership with Google that will help increase its visibility.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon is rolling out Alexa for Hospitality, a version of Alexa for hotels that can help order room service, request housekeeping, and more, by invite  —  Order room service, request housekeeping, or play some tunes  —  Amazon is today introducing Alexa for Hospitality …

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