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June 26, 2018, 9:30 AM

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Wi-Fi Alliance begins certifying products that support WPA3, the successor to the WPA2 security protocol that provides additional protections against attacks  —  WPA3 certification starts today  —  Wi-Fi devices have been using the same security protocol for over a decade.
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 …
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 …
Troy Hunt:
Have I Been Pwned breach data search now integrated in 1Password via Watchtower, will be trialed in Firefox via a new Firefox Monitor tool starting next week  —  Pretty much every day, I get a reminder from someone about how little people know about their exposure in data breaches.
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.
New York Times:
Sources: top tech companies met intelligence officials to discuss midterm elections but neither the FBI nor DHS was willing to share specific threat information  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Eight of the tech industry's most influential companies, in anticipation of a repeat of the Russian meddling …
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 afternoon released the first public beta of iOS 12 to its public beta testing group, giving non-developers a chance …
Henny Sender / Financial Times:
Sequoia Capital has raised the first $6B round of its $8B global fund, all of which comes from investors with no previous relationship with Sequoia  —  Sequoia Capital has raised the first $6bn of what will be an $8bn global fund, as the Silicon Valley venture capital firm seeks more firepower …
More: AxiosTweets: @jasonlk
Andrii Degeler / Tech.eu:
German process mining startup Celonis raises $50M Series B from existing investors Accel and 83North at a $1B valuation  —  Munich-founded startup Celonis has raised a funding round of $50 million from its existing investors, Accel and 83North.  The deal values Celonis at $1 billion and brings …
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
More than 650 Salesforce employees have signed a petition to CEO Marc Benioff asking him to reexamine a contract with US Customs and Border Protection  —  Employees at Salesforce follow those at Microsoft, Amazon, and Google in pushing back against their companies' contracts with military and government agencies.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
All tech platforms, big or small, have the responsibility to stop their sites from becoming a battleground in the toxic political and cultural information war  —  Platforms both big and small have both the ability and responsibility to stop their sites from becoming a battleground in the information war.
More: Slate, BBC, Mercury News, and Racked
Tweets: @cwarzel, @ekp, @sivavaid, and @cwarzel
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
San Francisco-based air quality mapping startup Aclima raises $24M Series A led by Social Capital to expand the reach and depth of its pollution maps  —  Aclima, a San Francisco-based company which builds Internet-connected air quality sensors and runs a software platform to analyze the extracted intel …
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 …
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Overview of Amazon's poaching efforts from 2015 to 2017 shows Microsoft as the most common target, with at least 30 director or higher level execs defecting  —  - There are many reasons for this trend, including Amazon and Microsoft's close proximity, but brand image and compensation may have to do with it too.
Tweets: @eugenekim222Thanks:@mattrosoff
Bloomberg:
Experts and law enforcement officials shed light on how Carbanak, a cybercriminal gang, stole about $1.2B from 100+ banks in 40 nations, according to Europol  —  As night fell in Taipei on July 10, 2016, most people in the city were hunkered down to ride out the end of a typhoon.

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