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June 26, 2019, 4:25 PM

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Christine Fisher / Engadget:
YouTube gives users a “don't recommend channel” option and a way to pick topics of interest for videos showing in Up Next or homepage, now on iOS and Android  —  No matter how advanced algorithms get, none will understand your YouTube viewing preferences better than you.
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Shopify says users can now message its 820K+ merchants through Apple's iMessage-based Business Chat service, and adds support for Apple Pay  —  Apple's Business Chat is no longer an exclusive club for big companies like the Four Seasons Hotel and Burberry.  Cupertino is expanding the service …
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
San Francisco Pride says Google can still participate in parade after ~100 Googlers petitioned it to drop Google as a sponsor over handling of LGBTQ+ issues  —  Almost 100 Google employees are urging the organizer of this weekend's San Francisco Pride parade to kick the company out of the celebration …
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Social media verification scams are rampant because the verification process is opaque and arbitrary; platforms need to rebuild the whole system  —  Travis Hawley was scrolling through the comments sections of LeBron James's Instagram posts recently when he noticed some postings from other athletes.
Reuters:
Chinese state-sponsored hackers, notably APT10, broke into eight IT service providers including HPE, IBM, and their client networks in a years-long invasion  —  Eight of the world's biggest technology service providers were hacked by Chinese cyber spies in an elaborate and years-long invasion, Reuters found.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Instagram says it will roll out ads on its Explore page, visible when users tap on Explore posts, starting with an ad for IGTV today  —  Ads everywhere  —  Ads are coming to more places on Instagram.  Today, the social media platform announced that it'll soon start placing ads within the Explore page …
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
StockX, an online marketplace for sneakers, raises $110M Series C led by DST Global, General Atlantic, and GGV Capital and names Scott Cutler CEO  —  StockX is one of several online marketplaces that have turned resales of shoes into a big — and highly valued — business.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Reddit “quarantines” r/The_Donald, which has 750K+ subs, over threats made against cops and public figures; quarantines show a content warning upon visiting sub  —  Users allegedly threatened law enforcement ordered to find Republican senators in Oregon who went on the lam to duck voting for climate-change bill.
Wall Street Journal:
Report: tests of ~10K firmware images from 500+ Huawei telecom devices found 55% had at least one vulnerability, much higher than that of its rivals  —  Top U.S. officials say research confirms fears of risks, but report stops short of accusing the company of deliberately building flaws into system
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Image sharing platform Imgur says it has raised $20M from Coil, a micropayments tool that Imgur will build into its service ahead of a forthcoming premium tier  —  Meme creators have never gotten their fair share.  Remixed and reshared across the web, their jokes props up social networks …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Oppo demos an under-screen selfie camera with a display using a custom transparent material, plans to launch in a commercial phone “in the near future”  —  Coming to a commercial phone ‘in the near future’  —  The past couple of years of smartphone design have been dominated …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EU opens formal antitrust investigation of Broadcom for suspected exclusivity practices and seeks an interim order to prevent anti-competitive behavior  —  The European Commission has opened a formal investigation into US chipmaker Broadcom which it suspects of restricting competition via …
Natt Garun / The Verge:
Google says its location history auto-delete tool, which lets users pick either 3 or 18 months of data retention, is rolling out on mobile over next few weeks  —  On both Android and iOS  —  Google is now beginning to roll out its location history auto-delete feature after announcing …
Axios:
Apple says it has acquired autonomous driving startup Drive.ai, hiring dozens of Drive.ai engineers and, per sources, taking over its autonomous cars  —  Apple bought Drive.ai, an autonomous driving startup once valued at $200 million, Apple confirmed to Axios on Tuesday, and has hired dozens of Drive.ai engineers.
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Executives at seven of Facebook's Libra partners say the companies have only signed nonbinding agreements and have not yet paid to join the Libra Association  —  SAN FRANCISCO — One of the biggest selling points of Facebook's ambitious plans for its new cryptocurrency, Libra …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Bill Gates says his “greatest mistake” was Microsoft losing the platform opportunity to Android on mobile, in an interview at VC firm Village Global  —  Gates calls Microsoft's smartphones failure a “$400 billion” loss.  —  Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates recently gave …
New York Times:
Sources: US tech companies, including Intel and Micron, have found ways to sell millions of dollars of products to Huawei despite the Trump administration's ban  —  SHANGHAI — A number of the United States' biggest chip makers have sold millions of dollars of products to Huawei despite …
Karl Bode / VICE:
In a joint letter, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo tell the Trump administration that proposed Chinese tariffs would harm the game industry and cost gamers $840M  —  US consumers will pay a total of $840 million more for consoles than they would without Chinese tariffs, the companies warn.

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