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June 26, 2019, 9:20 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …

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