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June 17, 2019, 4:17 PM

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Kuo: Apple to launch three iPhones in 2020, high-end 5.4" and 6.7" models with 5G and a lower-end 6.1" model; Apple's 5G modem to be ready by 2022 or 2023  —  Apple plans to release three new iPhones in the second half of 2020, including high-end 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch models with OLED displays …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Instagram says it is testing new features that make it easier for users to regain access to hacked accounts, will rollout a username freezing feature to iOS  —  Motherboard previously reported how hackers were holding high-profile Instagram accounts for ransom, and how some influencers had to turn to white-hat hackers for help.
Maciej Ceglowski / Idle Words:
With the infrastructure for ubiquitous surveillance being deployed at scale, we have lost “ambient privacy”: everyday interactions that should stay unremembered  —  The need to regulate online privacy is a truth so universally acknowledged that even Facebook and Google have joined the chorus of voices crying for change.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Comcast adds eye control as an accessibility feature to its web-based remote control, says it supports all popular eye gaze hardware and software  —  Comcast is introducing eye control to its X1 cable platform, a new effort that the company says will improve the experience of watching TV …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google says Android users in UK and France can, later this month, opt in to RCS Chat services provided directly by Google instead of waiting for carrier support  —  That seems like yet another minor status check-in on the service meant to replace SMS, but in fact it's a huge shift in strategy …
Bloomberg:
Huawei CEO says the company expects its revenues to drop $30B below forecast over the next two years; sources: some carriers passing on new Honor 20 flagship  —  - Apple rival could see significant sales plunge amid Trump ban  — The Chinese firm sets sights on 50% domestic market share
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Clockwise, which uses AI to free up blocks of time in the calendars of both individuals and organizations, raises $11M Series A co-led by Greylock and Accel  —  Almost every organization, regardless of size, is inundated with meetings, so much so it's often hard to find dedicated time do actual work.
Bob Herman / Axios:
Collective Health, a San Francisco-based maker of employer health benefits management software, raises $205M Series E led by SoftBank's Vision Fund  —  Collective Health is raising $205 million in a new funding round led by a new investor, SoftBank's Vision Fund.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Survey of 1,000+ US adults: 46% never use voice assistants, 19% use them less than once a month, while 29% use them daily or weekly  —  iPhones dominate usage, despite aggressive promotion of the Google Assistant.  —  A popular Bill Gates quotation reads, “Most people overestimate …
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