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May 29, 2019, 1:10 PM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple's new website defending the App Store, following antitrust allegations, mostly serves to highlight its power and dominance while ignoring criticisms  —  Apple launched a new website as a response to critics like Spotify  —  As it faces both an antitrust lawsuit with huge implications …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple's former head of App Store approvals, Phillip Shoemaker, discusses the review process, app rejections, competition between Apple and developers, and more  —  Apple Inc.'s former head of App Store approvals said he's worried about competition between the company and developers …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon announces 5.5-inch Echo Show 5 that's shipping in July for $89.99, launches new Alexa commands to delete what you just said or everything you said today  —  A direct challenge to the Google Nest Home Hub  —  Amazon is releasing a new Echo device today because apparently …
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Huawei has filed a motion for summary judgement in its lawsuit against the US, in a bid to expedite an outcome without the costs and time of a full trial  —  SHANGHAI — Huawei is ramping up its legal challenge to American limits on purchases of its equipment, in a sign that it is doubling …
Nick Parker / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft outlines its vision for a modern OS that has invisible background updates, security by default, always connected, supports multiple form factors, more  —  Today, at Computex in Taipei, Microsoft executives Roanne Sones, CVP OS Platforms and Rodney Clark, VP IoT Sales …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Flipboard says hackers had access to its servers for 9+ months and stole some customers' info, including digital tokens linking profiles to 3rd-party services  —  Extent of the hack is unknown, but Flipboard said hackers had access to its systems for almost nine months.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Following Google's announcement of Google Pay support last week, New York City subway riders will be able to pay with Apple Pay starting Friday  —  If you frequent the New York City subway's 4, 5, 6 line, you've probably seen the new terminals at a variety of stations like Union Square and Grand Central.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: PE firm Bain Capital is raising $1B for a new tech fund for buyouts and late-stage minority investments, focused on enterprise and cybersecurity  —  KEY POINTS  — Bain Capital, which manages more than $100 billion, is planning to raise $1 billion for a tech-focused fund …
Aaron Mak / Slate:
An inside look at Donald Trump's Wikipedia entry, one of the most popular pages on the internet, where editors fight a brutal, petty battle over every word  —  It's one of the most popular pages on the internet.  But behind the scenes, editors are fighting a brutal, petty battle over every word.
David Uberti / VICE News:
Researchers say Facebook has weakened or disabled tools they use to track political ads and content on the platform, just as 2020 campaigns ramp up ad spending  —  The Iowa caucuses are still eight months away, but the Facebook primary has already begun.  —  President Donald Trump has poured …
Alex Wilhelm / Crunchbase News:
LinkedIn acquires Drawbridge, a startup that helps companies with identity management using machine learning; Drawbridge has raised nearly $69M  —  LinkedIn just acquired its 22nd-known company: Drawbridge.  The smaller company will integrate with LinkedIn's marketing services.
Jenny Anderson / Quartz:
San Francisco-based Outschool, a marketplace for online classes with video chat for kids, raises $8.5M Series A led by Reach Capital and Union Square Ventures  —  Before Martin Luther King Jr. Day last year, Celeste Law's eight-year-old daughter told her mother that she didn't know much about …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Kustomer, an omnichannel SaaS platform for enterprise customer service, raises $40M Series D led by Tiger Global, bringing its total raised to ~$114M  —  On the heels of customer service company Zendesk announcing an acquisition to expand its omni-channel offering, one of the upstarts nipping …
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Larry Cermak / The Block:
Analysis of nearly 800M cryptocurrency exchange website visits over the past 6 months: up to 86% of total reported cryptocurrency trading volume is likely fake  —  This free preview of The Block Genesis is offered to our loyal readers as a representation of the valuable research and journalism our Genesis members receive daily.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sources: Cameo, which lets fans pay for personalized videos from celebrities, is finalizing a Series B investment at a ~$300M valuation led by Kleiner Perkins  —  Cameo, a Chicago-based startup that lets fans pay for personalized videos from celebrities, is finalizing a Series B investment …
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed News:
Investigation finds IBM, Hikvision, and Huawei are helping the UAE government implement a biometric surveillance system in Dubai, raising privacy concerns  —  Face recognition has been banned in San Francisco and linked by AOC to a rise in global fascism.  But it's being marketed in Dubai …

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