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May 24, 2019, 5:35 PM

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Szu Ping Chan / BBC:
Sources: Facebook is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency and a digital payments system in about a dozen countries by Q1 2020  —  Facebook is finalising plans to launch its own crypto-currency next year.  —  It is planning to set up a digital payments system in about a dozen countries by the first quarter of 2020.
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Alan Boyle / GeekWire:
SpaceX successfully launches first batch of 60 Starlink satellites of nearly 11,000 planned into a low orbit above Earth to provide global internet connectivity  —  After two postponements, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket executed a mission that dealt out 60 Starlink broadband data satellites into low Earth orbit.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's xCloud game streaming service, in testing among its employees, can stream 3,500+ Xbox games without developers making any changes to their titles  —  Still no date for public trials  —  Microsoft is revealing some of the more finer details about its upcoming xCloud game streaming service today.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Source: Snap in talks to license the catalogs of Sony Music, Universal Music, and Warner Music, which will allow Snapchat users to include songs in their posts  —  Snap wants to up Snapchat's music game.  —  The company has been in negotiations with music companies including the big three …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
First American Financial's site exposed 885M files that included bank account numbers, mortgage and tax records, SSNs, wire transactions, drivers license pics  —  The Web site for Fortune 500 real estate title insurance giant First American Financial Corp. [NYSE:FAF] leaked hundreds of millions …
Thomas Claburn / The Register:
Hacker breaches Perceptics, which makes license plate readers for cities and the US government, dumps internal files on the dark web; Perceptics confirms breach  —  Perceptics confirms intrusion and theft, stays quiet on details  —  Exclusive The maker of vehicle license plate readers used extensively …
Matt Day / Bloomberg:
Source: Amazon is working on a wearable voice-activated health and wellness device that works with a mobile app and can recognize human emotions  —  - Described as a health product, it would work with a mobile app  — Machines that can understand emotions are a sci-fi staple
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
A distorted video of Speaker Pelosi, in which her speech is made to appear slurred, has 2M+ views on Facebook; YouTube says it has removed uploads of the video  —  Distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), altered to make her sound as if she's drunkenly slurring her words …
Aislinn Keely / The Block:
AT&T says customers can now pay their mobile bills in cryptocurrency via BitPay  —  Cryptocurrency is taking another step towards the mainstream as mobile carrier AT&T announced it would accept payments in crypto today, according to a release from the company.
Ilya Khrennikov / Bloomberg:
Yandex launches a new delivery service that lets users tell a restaurant what to cook, even if not on the menu, initially available in Moscow and St. Petersburg  —  - Yandex expanded to food delivery after 2017 deal with Uber  — App tells a restaurant what to cook even if not on the menu
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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
SecurityScorecard report analyzing US political party cyber defenses finds DNC has made improvements following 2016 hacks but still lags behind RNC  —  Personal data leaks, poor protection of logins, and other gaps still leave major parties vulnerable.  —  In a study of US and European …

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