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June 27, 2019, 4:55 AM

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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is trying a new approach to limit the distribution of deepfakes, argues that the definition is too broad and needs to be scoped  —  Mark Zuckerberg signaled today that Facebook might be taking a different approach to so-called “deepfakes,” synthetic videos created through …
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.
Zoe Schiffer / INSIDER:
Report: ecommerce startup Brandless has hired John Rittenhouse as CEO after Tina Sharkey resigned in March amid tensions with SoftBank, which has a 40% stake  —  - In March, Tina Sharkey stepped down as CEO of Brandless, the direct-to-consumer retailer of “unbranded” household items.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
ARM confirms that its lead CPU and system architect, Mike Filippo, has joined Apple; Filippo's LinkedIn says he began work in May out of Austin, Texas  —  Multiple reports have indicated that Apple plans to transition to its own ARM-based processors in Macs starting as early as 2020 …
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 …
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 …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Twitch launches beta of Subscriber Streams, which will let Twitch streamers who are Twitch Affiliates or Twitch Partners offer subscriber-only streams  —  A potentially useful tool for big events  —  Twitch is giving its well-behaved streamers a chance to offer a new …
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.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Less than a week after ransomware victim Riviera City paid ~$600K, another Florida town, Lake City, votes to pay ~$500K in BTC to ransomware hackers  —  Lake City officials give in and agree to pay nearly $500,000 to ransomware gang.  —  Less than a week after a first Florida city agreed …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Google, UChicago, and its medical center sued in a lawsuit accusing the hospital of sharing hundreds of thousands of identifiable patient records with Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When the University of Chicago Medical Center announced a partnership to share patient data with Google in 2017 …
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.
Polina Marinova / Fortune:
A profile of Jeff Jordan, managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, who became a VC in his fifties and invested early in Airbnb, Instacart, and Pinterest  —  How Jeff Jordan is applying what he learned during his time at Disney, eBay, and OpenTable to help founders at Airbnb, Pinterest, and Instacart.
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 …

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