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June 21, 2019, 11:50 PM

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Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Inside Apple's app review unit, where 300+ staffers check every app and update, escalate controversial cases to an executive review board led by Phil Schiller  —  KEY POINTS  — Every single app and update on Apple's App Store platforms is approved by an Apple employee working in a division called App Review.
Kate O'Keeffe / Wall Street Journal:
US adds five major Chinese supercomputer developers to the export restrictions list, citing national security concerns  —  Commerce Department puts five Chinese developers on entity list, citing national-security concerns  —  WASHINGTON—The Commerce Department is taking aim …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Review of documents from CBP hack shows that sensitive info, like DHS handbooks, detailed schematics and plans for border surveillance network, also leaked  —  Far more information was taken in the hack of a Customs and Border Protection contractor than U.S. officials have acknowledged.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches a voluntary recall and replacement program for 15" MacBook Pro units sold between September 2015 and February 2017 due to battery safety concerns  —  Apple today said that it is launching a voluntary recall and replacement program for the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Ina Fried / Axios:
Niantic CEO John Hanke on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, improvements to Niantic's AR engine, which is about to become a platform for outside AR developers, more  —  This week's release of “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” isn't just the debut of a highly anticipated mobile game …
GeekWire:
Leaked Microsoft memo says Slack, AWS, Google Docs, PagerDuty, and even GitHub are prohibited or discouraged from internal use, primarily over security concerns  —  As Slack makes its stock market debut, there's a major company that won't be allowing its employees to use the business collaboration …
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JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Google confirms it is getting out of the tablet business, canceling two unreleased smaller-sized tablets, but remains committed to Pixel phones and laptops  —  Here's an interesting little nugget of info to chew on: Google's decided to step away from its self-made tablets and focus instead on the laptop form.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
NASA says it was hacked in April 2018 via an unauthorized Raspberry Pi on the network; hackers had access for nearly a year, stealing Mars mission-related data  —  NASA described the hackers as an “advanced persistent threat,” a term generally used for nation-state hacking groups.
Francesco Canepa / Reuters:
France is creating a task force of G7 central banks to study how cryptocurrencies like Libra can be governed by anti-money laundering and other regulations  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Three European central bankers are claiming oversight over Facebook's planned virtual currency to ensure …

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