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June 14, 2019, 12:30 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook has signed up 12+ companies, including Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, and Uber, to back the cryptocurrency it plans to unveil next week  —  Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Uber are among firms that will invest around $10 million each in consortium that will govern digital coin
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) …
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Sources: in Karan Bhatia's first year as Google's policy lead, he's encouraged relationship building with governments, cut some contract lobbyists, and more  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is trying to plug a surge of public scrutiny around the world by overhauling …
CNBC:
Sources: Comcast and Charter agree to sell iPads and other Apple devices at a discount in iPhone deal; Comcast to pay for the cost of the discount  —  KEY POINTS  — Comcast and Charter agreed to sell thousands of Apple devices as part of a deal to offer the iPhone to customers for its mobile service.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Interview with Google's Mark Risher, who leads Google's Identity and Account Security teams, about new single sign-on options, including Apple's, and more  —  Apple shook up the world of logins last week, offering a new single sign-on (or SSO) tool aimed at collecting and sharing as little data as possible.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Binance says it is setting up a US trading platform in partnership with FinCEN-registered BAM Trading Services, but offers no timeline for its launch  —  Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume, is launching a U.S. division.  —  The Malta-based company said Thursday …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
At E3, console makers and game publishers, including Ubisoft, Microsoft, and Google, touted subscription services as they race to become the “Netflix for games”  —  The race to become “Netflix for Games” is on  —  With the first details coming out around the next Xbox and PlayStation …
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Sources: GE Ventures has been shopping itself for several months, looking for a buyer for its portfolio of more than 100 startups  —  KEY POINTS  —  GE Ventures is looking for a buyer for its portfolio of more than 100 start-ups, according to people familiar with the matter …
Reuters:
Parler, a right-wing social site, had ~200K signups this week, reportedly Saudi Arabians frustrated at Twitter's policies; CEO says it doubled its total users  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A surge of about 200,000 users believed to be from Saudi Arabia who are frustrated at what they say is censorship …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
UK-based digital bank Monzo launches in the US, says it doesn't have its own US banking license and won't be lending US customers money  —  Monzo's mobile-only bank has helped revolutionize British spending  —  British mobile-only bank Monzo is making its way across the pond to the US today.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Initial impressions of iPadOS: new multitasking features are powerful but will take time to get used to, and Safari's desktop-class browsing is impressive  —  When I published my Beyond the Tablet story a few weeks ago, I was optimistic we'd get a handful of iPad-related features and optimizations at WWDC.
Emily McCormick / Yahoo Finance:
Freelance services marketplace Fiverr closes up 89% on its first day of trading after raising $111M in its IPO  —  FVRR) stock rose above its initial public offering price after opening for trading Thursday, as investors scooped up shares of the latest gig-economy tech firm to hit the public markets.
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Verizon launches $99.99 Smart Locator, a tracking device with Bluetooth, GPS, WPS, and LTE, with one year of free service and $3/month thereafter  —  More powerful than a Tile, but way more expensive  —  Verizon today launched sales of the $99.99 Verizon Smart Locator …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google has quietly removed the Google Play Movies & TV app from its Daydream VR platform, instead directing users to its YouTube VR app  —  Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent @https://twitter.com/jank0 FOLLOW  —  Google has quietly removed the Google Play Movies & TV app from its Daydream VR platform.

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