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June 28, 2019, 12:45 PM

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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Jony Ive to leave Apple later this year after more than two decades at the company, to start LoveFrom, a creative business, with Apple as its first client  —  Jony Ive is leaving Apple after more than two decades in which his iconic designs for the Mac, iPod and iPhone turned …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: since the Apple Watch launched in 2015, Jony Ive began to shed responsibilities, with day-to-day oversight reduced to coming to HQ twice a week  —  - Company's close-knit design team withered in recent years  — Future breakthrough products need new tech, not just design
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It's not worrying that Jony Ive is leaving Apple, but it is worrying that he's not being replaced, and the design team reporting to operations makes no sense  —  Apple Newsroom: … First: Wow.  There've been rumors for years that Ive had one foot out the door, that his last real interest …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple design team leaders Evans Hankey and Alan Dye will now report to COO Jeff Williams; 24-year Apple vet Sabih Khan named SVP of Operations  —  Apple's longtime head of design, Jony Ive, is leaving the company to start his own design firm, Apple announced today.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Interview with Jony Ive on why he is leaving Apple, continuing to work with the company with his new firm LoveFrom, whose name was inspired by Steve Jobs, more  —  It is the end of an era at Apple.  Jony Ive will leave the company later this year to start a new venture of his own, called LoveFrom — with Apple as his first client.
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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple is assembling its new Mac Pro in China, moving abroad production of what had been its only major device assembled in the US  —  The $6,000 desktop computer had been the company's only major device assembled in the U.S.  —  Apple Inc. AAPL -1.09% is manufacturing …
Samantha Cole / VICE:
After backlash, the creator of DeepNude, which uses AI to remove clothing from images of women, takes it offline, citing server overload and potential harms  —  An app that algorithmically “undressed” images of women was taken down by its creator, citing server overload and potential harms.
David Hambling / MIT Technology Review:
Jetson, a new prototype developed for the Pentagon, can identify people up to 200 meters away by analyzing their heartbeat using an infrared laser  —  The Jetson prototype can pick up on a unique cardiac signature from 200 meters away, even through clothes.  —  Everyone's heart is different.
Eric Geller / Politico:
Sources: senior Trump officials have discussed whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using encryption that law enforcement can't break  —  Senior Trump administration officials met on Wednesday to discuss whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using forms …
Katharine Schwab / Fast Company:
Researchers: Google's reCAPTCHA v3 raises privacy concerns with its cookie-based data collection and Google's suggestion to embed reCAPTCHA everywhere on a site  —  The latest version of the bot detector reCaptcha is invisible to users and has spread to more than 650,000 websites.
Erica Pandey / Axios:
Rakuten: around 48% of Amazon packages in the US are now delivered by Amazon itself, up from 15% two years ago, when the Postal Service delivered 60%+ packages  —  Less than a decade after Amazon broke into the logistics industry, it has become its own biggest shipper.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Following criticism, Twitter rolls out a notice for tweets from political figures, verified users, and accounts with 100K+ followers that break its guidelines  —  The platform has been criticized for letting politicians break the rules without consequence  —  Today, Twitter is rolling …
Jezebel:
Investigation finds that Amazon's Rekognition frequently misgenders trans, queer, and nonbinary individuals by design, further alienating a marginalized group  —  In 2017, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, just outside Portland, Oregon, wanted to find a man covered in dollar bills.
Alisha Goldberg / Restaurant Technology News:
Restaurant365, a cloud-based accounting, back office, and reporting platform for restaurants, raises $88M Series C led by Iconiq Capital  —  Restaurant365 announced today that it has closed an $88 million minority investment led by ICONIQ Capital, a Silicon Valley growth equity firm.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Inside Amazon's first-ever public re:Mars conference, focused on both the future of the company and technology, both of which increasingly look similar  —  There's a certain oversized quality to a Las Vegas conference center that makes you feel like a child monarch: simultaneously powerful and helpless.
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
Evernote CEO Ian Small talks about efforts to turn around the once hot unicorn, which now expects to reach a positive cash flow on ~$100M in revenue this year  —  Smiling cryptically, Ian Small, the chief executive of Evernote, handed me some socks.  Nice ones: black in the calf …
Reuters:
Sources: hackers likely belonging to Five Eyes governments used Regin malware in late 2018 to infiltrate Russian search giant Yandex and spy on users  —  - Hackers working for Western intelligence agencies broke into Russian internet search company Yandex (YNDX.O) in late 2018 deploying …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Researchers detail a vulnerability in Excel's Power Query that can be abused to link to a webpage that contains malware; the exploit is in all versions of Excel  —  YOU PROBABLY THINK of Microsoft's classic spreadsheet program Excel as mostly boring.  Sure, it can wrangle data, but it's not exactly Apex Legends.

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