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June 20, 2018, 12:30 PM

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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 …
Rob Bennett / Windows Blog:
Microsoft News launches on Android and iOS as a rebranded MSN app, also powers news on Windows 10, Skype, Xbox, and Outlook.com  —  Microsoft has been in the news business for more than 23 years.  When we launched MSN in 1995, the news industry was just beginning to provide content online.
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 …
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 …
Patricia Hernandez / The Verge:
Theater chain AMC announces AMC Stubs A-List, a MoviePass-like $19.95/month service that lets patrons watch three films a week  —  It'll be twice as expensive, but it boasts fewer restrictions than MoviePass  —  The largest theater chain in America has announced that it will now offer …
Stephanie Chan / VentureBeat:
Sensor Tower data: Epic Games' Fortnite has generated $100M revenue on iOS in its first 90 days on the platform  —  Epic Games' hit game Fortnite has hit yet another milestone on mobile.  Since its iOS launch in mid-March, it has generated $100 million in revenue on those devices in 90 days, according to market analyst Sensor Tower.
Axios:
Source: White House has begun planning a federal approach to data privacy, led by Trump's special assistant for tech Gail Slater, as EU rolls out GDPR  —  The White House is in the early stages of determining what a federal approach to online data privacy should look like, Axios has learned.
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Michael Moritz / Financial Times:
Chinese tech companies now surpass almost all their global rivals in size and value, even US giants, which will fundamentally reshape the world  —  Cast your eyes down the list of the world's most valuable private technology companies and you might be put in mind of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook begins letting Group admins test a feature that charges members $4.99 to $29.99 per month for access to exclusive sub-groups  —  Facebook is starting to let Group admins charge $4.99 to $29.99 per month for access to special sub-Groups full of exclusive posts.
More: CNET and Facebook
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
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 …

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