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June 13, 2019, 9:55 AM

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Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Telegram says it faced a massive DDoS attack originating from China coinciding with protests in Hong Kong, where organizers used the app to evade surveillance  —  The popular encrypted messaging service Telegram is once again being hit with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Google says it is raising the maximum filter rules limit to 150K from the current 30K in the new Chrome extensions API, giving ad blocker devs more control  —  Google relaxes control on new Chrome extensions API that would have crippled ad blockers.  —  After being ripped to shreds by angry users …
Nandita Bose / Reuters:
Walmart to integrate Jet.com's retail, technology, marketing, analytics, and product teams with its own e-commerce business; Jet.com president to leave in Aug.  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Walmart Inc on Wednesday announced a sweeping overhaul at Jet.com, an e-commerce retailer it acquired …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
After leaked images were published, Google tweets a teaser picture of the Pixel 4, expected in October, confirming at least two rear cameras  —  Google responds to leaks by posting an official image  —  Google just tweeted an image of the Pixel 4, a smartphone that the company isn't expected to ship until October.
Jennings Brown / Gizmodo:
The official app of La Liga, Spain's soccer league, spied on fans through phone microphones to catch bars pirating game streams; league now facing €250K fine  —  Spain's data protection agency has fined La Liga, the nation's top professional soccer league, 250,000 euros ($283,000 USD) …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
SecurityScorecard, which provides a security risk monitoring platform for enterprises, raises $50M Series D led by Riverwood Capital  —  Cybersecurity risk-monitoring platform SecurityScorecard has raised $50 million in a series D round of funding led by Riverwood Capital …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Google says it will now let iPhone and iPad owners use its Android security key tech to verify sign-ins for Google accounts  —  Google will now allow iPhone and iPad owners to use their Android security key to verify sign-ins, the company said Wednesday.  —  Last month, the search …
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Bird confirms it is acquiring electric scooter and moped startup Scoot, which was valued at ~$71M, meaning Bird can now operate shared scooters in San Francisco  —  Bird is acquiring electric scooter and moped startup Scoot, confirming TechCrunch's previous report that the two companies were in acquisition talks.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
In a letter to lawmakers, Facebook says it obtained data on ~187,000 users via its now-defunct Research app, including ~31,000 US users and ~4,300 US teenagers  —  Facebook obtained personal and sensitive device data on about 187,000 users of its now-defunct Research app …
Kevin Litman-Navarro / New York Times:
Analysis plots 150 privacy policies by reading time and complexity, with Craigslist and DuckDuckGo among the best while Airbnb and Indeed are among the worst  —  In the background here are several privacy policies from major tech and media platforms.  Like most privacy policies …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Helium debuts $495 cryptocurrency-mining Helium Hotspots that offer free p2p networking, promising greater coverage than WiFi, as 100 could cover an entire city  —  Cellphone plans are expensive.  The average person spends about $80 per month on their phone plan, according to price comparison engine Flipsy …

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