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June 15, 2019, 8:50 AM

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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.
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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Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
Researchers say a LinkedIn profile, now gone, of a woman connected to US policy experts and insiders, exhibited activity 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 …
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 …
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 …
Barclay Bram / Nautilus:
WeChat's data centralization has inextricably linked it to all aspects of daily life in China and made it a cornerstone of the government's social-credit system  —  Living in China with the app that knows everything about me.  —  It's 9 a.m. on a typical morning in Chengdu and I'm awakened by the sound of my phone alarm.
The Citizen Lab:
An in-depth report on stalkerware apps: a technical assessment of their invasive surveillance capabilities, marketing for abusive spouses, security risks, more  —  Executive Summary  —  Persons who engage in technology-facilitated violence, abuse, and harassment sometimes install spyware on a targeted person's mobile phone.

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TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Clearbanc co-founder and president Michele Romanow is coming to Disrupt SF  —  Raising venture capital isn't easy; for some, it's impossible.  Clearbanc offers startups a fundraising alternative …
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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