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June 22, 2019, 12:55 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google was never really serious about tablets, with years of scattershot reboots; its decision to stop making tablets was rational but could be shortsighted  —  Google's getting out of the tablet hardware business, canceling two different tablets it was building and reassigning those employees to other projects.
Nat Levy / 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 …
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.
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.
Anna Baydakova / CoinDesk:
FATF says its members, including US and EU countries, should adopt regulations within 12 months requiring crypto exchanges share customer info when moving funds  —  A powerful intergovernmental organization devoted to combating money laundering and terrorism financing has finalized …
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Less than a day after breaching $10K, Bitcoin climbs to $11K+, as the unveiling of Libra and increased institutional support spur hopes of mainstream adoption  —  The world's most popular cryptocurrency gets a boost from Facebook's plan to launch Libra  —  Bitcoin rose over $10,000 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Legal tech startup Atrium's business model incentivizes efficiency over milking billable hours, as most law firms do, giving it a leg up in automating busywork  —  Law firms have little incentive to build or buy software that will save their lawyers time since they often bill clients by the hour.
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 …
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.

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