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June 13, 2019, 4:20 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) …
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.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Interview with Google's Mark Risher, a project manager focused on security and privacy, 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.
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 …
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 …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Yubico says it will replace some security keys used by US government and others due to a bug that reduces the randomness of cryptographic keys generated  —  Yubico staff discovers bug in YubiKey FIPS Series keys; offers replacements for affected customers.  —  Yubico said today it plans …
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) …
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.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
VidMob, which makes video advertising tools, raises $25M Series B led by Austin-based BuildGroup, bringing its total raised to $45M+  —  Video advertising company VidMob is announcing that it has raised $25 million in Series B funding.  —  When I wrote about VidMob's seed funding back in 2015 …
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