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June 14, 2019, 9:05 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
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Huawei delays launch of its foldable Mate X phone from June to September, says it is doing extra tests after Samsung's troubles with the Galaxy Fold  —  KEY POINTS  — The company had initially targeted a June launch, but a spokesperson told CNBC, that it was doing extra tests …
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.
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 …
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 …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google's Area 120 incubator launches Game Builder, a sandbox for people without programming skills to create 3D games, available free on Steam for Mac and PC  —  Area 120 is “Google's workshop for experimental projects,” and its latest prototype is Game Builder.
Larry Cermak / The Block:
Binance announces that it will stop serving trading customers in the US from September; Binance gets ~15% of its traffic from US customers  —  Binance, the largest crypto-to-crypto exchange by volume, has announced that it will stop serving US individual and corporate customers on its main platform, Binance.com.
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 …
Corbin Davenport / Android Police:
Huawei seems to be showing lock screen ads on the P30 Pro, P20, Honor 10, P20 Pro, and others when the built-in magazine background images are used  —  Advertising has a time and a place, and the place is never on the lock screen of a smartphone you paid a lot of money for.
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) …
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 …
Allen Day / Google Cloud Blog:
Google details how developers could use Chainlink to enable Ethereum smart contracts to communicate with BigQuery  —  Try GCP  —  Get $300 free credit to spend over 12 months.  —  Free Trial  —  Blockchains focus on mathematical effort to create a shared consensus.
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.
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.

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