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June 15, 2019, 2:40 PM

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New York Times:
Sources: US Cyber Command is deploying offensive malware in Russia's power grid, using powers granted in 2018 by Congress and a secret presidential directive  —  WASHINGTON — The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia's electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin …
Leigh Cuen / CoinDesk:
Sources: as Stellar and others refused to partner and MobileCoin refused to sell, Facebook hired several dozen blockchain experts for several million/year each  —  Facebook's GlobalCoin project, also known as Project Libra, may face significant hurdles as the social media giant works toward a prospective launch.
Wall Street Journal:
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.
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
20 years since children's online protection law COPPA was passed, it has been weakened by court rulings, uneven enforcement, and relentless technological change  —  Two decades after Congress tried to wall off the worst of the Internet in hopes of protecting the privacy and innocence of children, the ramparts lie in ruins.
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.
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?

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