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June 13, 2019, 7:55 PM

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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) …
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
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
With iOS 13, iPhones will be able to read NFC-enabled passports and other government IDs as well as write to NFC tags  —  NFC — the technology that helps to power Apple Pay as well other clever features for iOS apps like Launch Center Pro's tappable stickers - is getting a big upgrade with the launch of iOS 13, due out this fall.
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.
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 …
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.
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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Mathew Katz / Digital Trends:
Instagram was down for some users for just over an hour Thursday afternoon; PlayStation Network also experienced an outage on Thursday  —  Instagram users began to complain that the photo-sharing app was down Thursday afternoon, adding to a series of outages including a several-hour failure at the PlayStation Network.

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