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July 2, 2019, 7:25 PM

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Joseph Cox / VICE:
China's border guards close to Xinjiang install Android malware on tourists' devices that scans for 70K+ files and downloads texts, calendar entries, phone logs  —  The malware downloads a tourist's text messages, calendar entries, and phone logs, as well as scans the device for over 70,000 different files.
Mike Davidson / Mike Industries:
Superhuman, an email app that raised $33M in June, adds read receipt tracking pixels to outgoing mail and doesn't let users stop image loading on incoming mail  —  Over the past 25 years, email has weaved itself into the daily fabric of life.  Our inboxes contain everything from very personal letters …
Travis Yeh / Facebook:
Facebook updates News Feed ranking algorithm to reduce the distribution of sensational health claims or promotion of products with health-related claims  —  People come together on Facebook to talk about, advocate for, and connect around things like nutrition, fitness and health issues.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Behind Google's Jigsaw unit, where current and former employees describe a toxic workplace environment, mismanagement, high turnover, and ignored HR complaints  —  Google's internet freedom moonshot has gotten glowing attention for its ambitious projects.  But current and former employees …
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Nvidia unveils new RTX Super series of graphics cards with more power for the same price as RTX; 2060 Super, 2070 Super launch July 9; 2080 Super on July 23  —  2060 Super, 2070 Super launch July 9; 2080 Super launches July 23.  —  The rumors are true: nine months after the launch …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
House subcommittee sends letter requesting Facebook halt Libra's development until Congress and regulators can investigate potential risks to the global economy  —  ‘These vulnerabilities could be exploited and obscured by bad actors’  —  House Democrats are requesting Facebook halt development …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Twitch streamers are struggling to understand the precedent set by a mere two-week ban of popular streamer Dr Disrespect for streaming in a public bathroom  —  'Twitch is saying there's no real consequences'  —  There was no question that Dr Disrespect's ban from Twitch would be temporary …
Amrita Khalid / Engadget:
UK says it began an investigation into TikTok's data privacy practices for young users shortly after the FTC fined the app $5.7M for child privacy violations  —  TikTok is under investigation in the UK for how it handles the safety and privacy of young users.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Samsung announces its next Unpacked event will be held on August 7 in New York, likely detailing the Galaxy Note 10  —  It's official.  Samsung said Monday it'll hold its next big product launch on Aug. 7 in New York, confirming CNET's scoop from last month about the launch plans.
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Xiaomi announces Mimoji as part of its CC9 phone series launch, a feature that appears very similar to Apple's Memoji  —  Apple's Memoji may have become the more popular 3D avatar feature for smartphones, but Xiaomi wants people to know that its similarly-named version — Mimoji — came first …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
CBP suspends a border-surveillance subcontractor from federal contracting after it was hacked and had data, including images of travelers' faces, posted online  —  The longtime maker of license-plate scanners and other surveillance equipment used along the U.S. border was suspended Tuesday …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
MobiTV, which lets pay-TV companies provide streaming video services without a set-top box, raises $50M, bringing its total raised to $213.8M, per Crunchbase  —  After raising $21 million in 2017 for a late-stage pivot from mobile TV to set-top-box-free IPTV services for the home, MobiTV is announcing another large growth round.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Source: White House “social media summit”, to be held on July 11, will feature many conservative tech critics, including PragerU and Charlie Kirk  —  Ctrl + N  —  Want more news like this?  Sign up here. … Facebook, Google and Twitter long have struggled to battle …

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