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June 20, 2018, 8:10 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 …
Satya Nadella / LinkedIn:
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says new US border policy to separate immigrant children from parents is abhorrent and “simply cruel and abusive”  —  Below is an e-mail I sent to all Microsoft employees today sharing my views on U.S. immigration policy.  This is an incredibly important topic and one I care deeply about.
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 …
Wolfie Zhao / CoinDesk:
Bithumb, one of South Korea's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, suspends asset deposit and withdrawal services after ~$31M hack, promises full reimbursement  —  Bithumb, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea by trading volume, is halting asset deposit and withdrawal services …
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 …
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Facebook says it's opening Watch to more types of content, including non-episodic long-form, in bid to capture YouTube stars, and is adding polls, quizzes, more  —  Facebook is taking another jab at YouTube by expanding its video ad opportunities to more social media stars.
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 …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EU Parliament committee votes for tougher copyright rules that could force tech firms to bear liability for copyright infringement in user generated content  —  In a key vote this morning the European Parliament's legal affairs committee has backed the two most controversial elements …
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Sources: AT&T in talks to acquire AppNexus, which operates one of the largest independent ad exchanges; source says AppNexus won't sell for less than $2B  —  AT&T is in talks to acquire the advertising company AppNexus, Cheddar has learned.  —  Privately-held AppNexus operates …
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
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.
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.

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