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June 11, 2019, 1:00 PM

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
US CBP says photos of travelers into and out of the country were accessed in breach of subcontractor, first learned of on May 31, fails to say how many affected  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection has confirmed a data breach has exposed the photos of travelers and vehicles traveling in and out of the United States.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Washington Post:
Debby Wu / Bloomberg:
Foxconn says it has enough capacity to make all US iPhones outside of China if required should the trade war escalate further  —  - Main assembler Foxconn says it's got enough non-China capacity  — Apple has so far not asked its Taiwanese partner to shift gear
Rani Molla / Vox:
Mary Meeker releases her 333-page Internet Trends 2019 report showing growing e-commerce, expanded US ad spending, rising number of gamers, 51% of world online  —  Here are all the slides, plus analysis.  —  It's the holiday season for data nerds: That is, Mary Meeker is delivering …
South China Morning Post:
Inside Huawei's seven-year quest to build its own OS, which, sources say, started in 2012 as a precaution against the possibility of US ban  —  The OS issue took an extra urgency after the US government in mid-May placed Huawei and its affiliates on a trade blacklist One of the biggest technical challenges …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
After shutting down its Research and Onavo programs, Facebook releases its similar Study From Facebook app for Android, saying it's more transparent than before  —  Facebook shut down its Research and Onavo programs after TechCrunch exposed how the company paid teenagers for root access …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it has no plans to add more backward compatible titles for Xbox One, but says Project Scarlett will run games from all four Xbox generations  —  No more Xbox 360 and Xbox additions to the catalog  —  Microsoft is winding down new additions to its Xbox backward compatibility catalog.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Amazon will shut down its Amazon Restaurants food delivery service in the US on June 24, after closing in the UK late last year  —  Amazon will shutter its Amazon Restaurants food delivery service in the U.S. later this month, GeekWire has learned.  —  Amazon Restaurants first launched in Seattle back in 2015.
Daniel Welsh / HuffPost UK:
Radiohead says they're releasing 18 hours' worth of unheard music to benefit climate change group, after hackers stole lead singer's files and attempted ransom  —  Activist group Extinction Rebellion will benefit too.  —  Radiohead has announced that they're releasing 18 hours' worth of unheard music …
Jeff Jarvis / Whither news?:
Publishers, lobbying for laws around the world that will help them extract payments from platforms like Google for linking to news, are ruining the internet  —  Around the world, news industry trade associations are corruptly cashing in their political capital —  …
Liz Pelly / The Baffler:
How Spotify's vast access to mood-related data is valuable to brands and advertisers, allowing them to target its listening audience by their emotional states  —  Spotify pursues emotional surveillance for global profit  —  MUSIC IS EMOTIONAL, and so our listening often signals something deeply personal and private.
Lewis White / MSPoweruser:
Microsoft announces updates to Xbox gamertags, including ten new alphabets and Discord-like hashcodes that will allow gamers to select any gamertag  —  MrStark#0528, I don't feel so good.  —  Major Nelson has confirmed that Xbox's iconic Gamertag system will be changing in the future.
Financial Times:
Volkswagen ends its relationship with Aurora, the Amazon-backed self-driving start-up; source says Volkswagen could reach a deal with Ford's Argo AI by summer  —  Volkswagen has ended its relationship with Aurora, the Silicon Valley self-driving start-up backed by Amazon …
VICE:
Facebook has quietly made changes to limit Graph Search over the weekend, following privacy scandals, says it will work with researchers affected by the changes  —  Facebook's Graph Search allowed anyone to search a wealth of public data on Facebook in very specific ways …

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