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June 12, 2019, 11:10 AM

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Samantha Cole / VICE:
Instagram says it will not remove deepfake video of Mark Zuckerberg, will treat it the same way as it does all misinformation on the platform  —  A fake video of Mark Zuckerberg giving a sinister speech about the power of Facebook has been posted to Instagram.  The company previously said it would not remove this type of video.
Washington Post:
Juro Osawa / The Information:
Sources: Huawei has indefinitely postponed the announcement of a new Windows laptop, originally scheduled for this week, due to ongoing US trade sanctions  —  Huawei has indefinitely postponed the announcement of a new laptop computer that was originally scheduled for this week …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Epic Games, maker of Fortnite and the Unreal Engine, says it has acquired video chat social network Houseparty for an undisclosed sum  —  What does a gaming company do after raising $1.25 billion?  Acquisitions seem like a pretty good place to start.  Epic Games — of Unreal Engine …
Aaron Tilley / The Information:
Sources: Apple is in talks to buy a key part of Intel's smartphone modem business, its German operations  —  Apple is in talks to buy a key part of Intel's smartphone modem business—its German operations—in a deal that could boost the iPhone maker's plans to internally develop a modem for its devices …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Google is moving some production of US-bound Nest thermostats and server hardware out of China to Taiwan and Malaysia, avoiding punitive US tariffs  —  - Trump's tariffs push tech giant to boost Taiwan manufacturing  — Google proved keener than other tech companies about shift
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 …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
The DOJ's antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, lays out potential antitrust arguments the US government may use against big tech  —  KEY POINTS  — Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim laid out some possible antitrust arguments against big tech in a new speech in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google Pixel 4 details are starting to leak, indicating that the upcoming flagship may have a square rear camera bump, Project Soli radar tech for new gestures  —  Project Soli returns?  —  Google has been releasing Pixel phones in October for three years now, and so we're expecting a Pixel 4 and a Pixel 4 XL this October too.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Adjust, which provides mobile ad measurement and fraud prevention tools, raises $227M, bringing its total funding to $250M  —  Adjust, a leader in mobile measurement and fraud prevention, said it has raised $227 million in a new round of funding.  —  The round was led by investors Eurazeo Growth …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Critics question Alphabet's Jigsaw subsidiary's decision to hire a disinformation vendor to run a campaign during research into state-sponsored disinformation  —  FOR MORE THAN two years, the notion of social media disinformation campaigns has conjured up images of Russia's Internet Research Agency …
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 …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Apollo, which maintains a family of GraphQL development tools, raises $22M round co-led by Andreessen Horowitz and Matrix Partners  —  Apollo, a San Francisco-based startup maintaining a family of GraphQL development tools, this morning revealed that it's secured $22 million in growth funding co-led …

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