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June 25, 2018, 8:05 PM

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The Intercept:
Documents and sources detail how the NSA taps into the data between AT&T, its partners, and customers, making the telco essential to US surveillance efforts  —  The secrets are hidden behind fortified walls in cities across the United States, inside towering, windowless skyscrapers …
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
a16z has raised $300M for its first crypto-focused fund, bringing on former US DoJ prosecutor Katie Haun as a general partner to lead the effort  —  - Andreessen Horowitz is “investing aggressively” in crypto, even as bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have dropped by more than 50 percent this year.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple to unveil high-end water resistant AirPods with noise-cancellation, studio-quality over-ear headphones, and a new HomePod as early as next year  —  - High-end AirPods and over-ear headphones coming next year  — Foxconn to build AirPods; Inventec may lose some HomePod work
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases first public beta of iOS 12 with Group FaceTime, Siri Shortcuts, new Do Not Disturb features, Memoji, multiplayer shared AR experiences, and more  —  Apple this morning released the first public beta of iOS 12 to its public beta testing group, giving non-developers a chance …
Lara O'Reilly / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T confirms it will buy AppNexus, which operates one of the largest independent ad exchanges; sources last week said the price was expected to be around $1.6B  —  Following acquisitions of AppNexus and Time Warner, telecom giant wants to do more than capitalize on its own content
Julie Creswell / New York Times:
Amid growing outcry from civil liberties groups, Orlando has ended its pilot project for police to use Amazon's Rekognition facial recognition software for now  —  Amid a growing outcry about privacy concerns by civil liberties groups, officials in Orlando, Fla., said Monday …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Intel's integrated model served it well for 35 years, but in the mobile era, is a straitjacket hemming in the chip maker  —  Last week Brian Krzanich resigned as the CEO of Intel after violating the company's non-fraternization policy.  The details of Krzanich's departure, though …
Sean Keane / CNET:
Amazon's Whole Foods to expand 10% discount on some items for Prime members to all stores across US starting June 27  —  Amazon said Monday that its Prime membership discounts are coming to all Whole Foods across the US.  —  From Wednesday, Prime members can get a 10 percent discount …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
PayPal's Venmo follows Square by officially launching its own MasterCard-branded debit card in the US, following beta tests of a now-discontinued Visa card  —  Venmo today is officially introducing its own debit card in partnership with MasterCard, following beta tests of a Visa-branded debit card last year.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft is integrating Adblock Plus into its Edge browser on iOS and Android, letting users enable it in settings, rolling out to beta testers now  —  Available in beta right now  —  Microsoft is building Adblock Plus directly into its Edge browser for iOS and Android.

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