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June 28, 2018, 1:35 PM

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CNBC:
Amazon to acquire online pharmacy PillPack, which organizes and delivers drugs to consumers and is licensed in 50 states; PillPack has raised $117.8M in funding  —  - PillPack packages, organizes and delivers drugs.  It sends consumers packages with the specific number of medications they're supposed to take at specific times.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: Amazon acquired PillPack in a deal valued at just under $1B; PillPack had been in acquisition talks with Walmart, which was outbid by Amazon  —  A week after appointing a CEO for its healthcare joint venture with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan, Amazon today announced an acquisition …
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: Apple is considering a single subscription offering that would encompass its original TV shows, music service, and magazine articles  —  Apple is considering creating a single subscription offering that would encompass its original TV shows, music service and magazine articles …
Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer:
Norwegian agency report: Facebook and Google manipulate users to share personal data using “dark patterns” despite GDPR; Windows 10 gets a more favorable rating  —  Despite the new GDPR regulation entering into effect across Europe, Facebook and Google are manipulating users …
David Carnoy / CNET:
Amazon introduces Show Mode in its Fire HD tablets via a software update that turns them into an Echo Show for a hands-free Alexa experience  —  Amazon wants you to think of your Fire tablet as not just a tablet but a full-fledged Alexa-enabled device — or more precisely, a slimmed down Echo Show.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Amazon is expanding further into package delivery and wants to enlist entrepreneurs and small business owners to start their own delivery service networks  —  Amazon is expanding further into package delivery and promising to support a new wave of small business owners with the launch …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Kroger, the US's largest supermarket chain, teams up with Nuro, a two-year-old self-driving startup, to launch driverless delivery service later this fall  —  Kroger is teaming up with Nuro, a startup founded by two veterans of Google's self-driving team  —  Kroger, the nation's largest …
Anna Hensel / VentureBeat:
Facebook rolls out a button to show ads a Page is running, even if not targeted to the user, across Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger  —  Facebook today released a new tool that will allow users to see what advertisements a Page is running — whether or not all of those advertisements are targeted at that particular users.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Sonos Beam review: the Alexa integration works well, but music sound quality is average for a $400 device, and Google Assistant support has not yet arrived  —  Exactly what it says it'll do  —  It's extremely tempting to overthink the Sonos Beam — it's the first really new product …
TechCrunch:
Google leads $22M Series A in feature phone OS KaiOS, which powers over 40M phones made by OEMs including Nokia, Micromax, and Alcatel  —  Google is turning startup investor to further its goal of putting Google services like search, maps, and its voice assistant front and center for the next billion internet users in emerging markets.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Apple and Samsung settle seven-year long patent fight over copying the iPhone; terms of the settlement were not disclosed  —  Apple and Samsung have finally put an end to their long-running patent battle whose central question was whether Samsung copied the iPhone.
Bloomberg:
Sources: LG Display will soon become Apple's second supplier for OLED iPhone, initially supplying between 2M and 4M units  —  Apple Inc. will soon land a second supplier for the organic light-emitting diode screens used in high-end iPhones, according to people familiar with the matter …
Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer:
Researchers find Rowhammer vulnerability variant, dubbed RAMpage, affecting all post-2012 Android devices that could allow full control of devices and data  —  Almost all Android devices released since 2012 are vulnerable to a new vulnerability named RAMpage, an international team of academics has revealed today.
Washington Post:
A look at Facebook's struggle with differentiating between legitimate political campaigns and disinformation ahead of the Mexican election next week  —  By Elizabeth Dwoskin June 22 Email the author  —  MEXICO CITY — This spring, a doctored image claiming that the wife …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram Lite for Android appears on the Google Play Store at 573KB in size, which is 1/55th the size of Instagram's 32MB main app  —  Instagram's future growth depends on the developing world, so it's built a version of its app just for them.  “Instagram Lite” for Android appeared today …
Aaron Smith / Pew Research Center:
Survey of 4,594 US adults: 72% say it's likely social media firms censor opposing political views; 43% say firms support liberal views over conservative views  —  A majority of Republicans say technology firms support the views of liberals over conservatives and that social media platforms censor political viewpoints.
Andrew Dalton / Associated Press:
Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre owe former partner Steven Lamar $25.2M in Beats headphones royalties, a jury in Los Angeles decided Wednesday  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury on Wednesday found that Dr. Dre, music mogul Jimmy Iovine and their headphone company Beats Electronics LLC owe a former partner $25.2 million in royalties.

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