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June 14, 2019, 11:50 PM

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Frank Chaparro / The Block:
Sources: Libra Foundation, overseeing Facebook's upcoming cryptocurrency, may have eBay, Coinbase, Vodafone, a16z, USV, Thrive, more among the launch partners  —  Facebook has been quietly building out its cryptocurrency for over a year, and it looks like that time has been well spent …
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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 …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google's Chrome 76, now in beta, will block Flash by default; a Google employee claims Chrome 76 will prevent sites from detecting users in Incognito Mode  —  Following version 75's release on Android, Mac, Windows, and Linux last week, the next beta release of Google's browser is rolling out.
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Sources: T-Mobile and Sprint have approached Dish, Charter, and Altice about buying Boost Mobile and some of Sprint's spectrum to get DOJ's approval for merger  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is moving closer to approving T-Mobile's $26 billion merger with Sprint …
Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
Researchers say a LinkedIn profile, now gone, of a woman connected with US political experts appears to have had behavior typical of state-run espionage  —  LONDON (AP) — Katie Jones sure seemed plugged into Washington's political scene.  The 30-something redhead boasted a job at a top …
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero:
Pew: 26% of US adults earning under $30K are “smartphone only” internet users, up from 12% in 2013; only 6% of those earning over $75k are “smartphone only”  —  Poorer Americans are increasingly reliant on smartphones as their primary way to access the internet
Amrita Khalid / Engadget:
Facebook releases AI Habitat, a platform to research embodied AI, which uses data from physical surroundings, and Replica, a dataset of sample spaces, on Github  —  Will virtual assistants be able to tell the difference between your living room and your kitchen?  Or even help you find a missing book or set of keys?
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Black Hat removes Rep. Will Hurd as the 2019 Black Hat USA keynote speaker amid questions about his voting record on women's rights  —  Rep. Will Hurd will no longer give the keynote address at the Black Hat security conference amid questions about his voting record on women's rights.
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Amazon Game Studios confirms reorganization after report that dozens of game developers were laid off; source: devs given 60 days to find new jobs at Amazon  —  Yesterday, as the video game industry's attention was focused squarely on the final day of the E3 convention in Los Angeles …
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 U.S. individual and corporate customers on its main platform, Binance.com.

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