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July 2, 2019, 2:10 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Tim Cook emails a reporter to say the WSJ report about Jony Ive's departure—and his frustration with Cook's alleged lack of interest in design—is “absurd”  —  In a rare, scathing statement sent exclusively to NBC News, Cook took issue with a report published Sunday night by The Wall Street Journal.
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 …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Instagram's new Stories sticker lets users ask followers to join a new group chat, giving the initiator the ability to select who can join  —  Followers must submit a request to join  —  Instagram's newest Stories sticker lets people ask their followers to join a new group chat and then gives …
Samuel Axon / Ars Technica:
Apple representatives talk about Project Catalyst, and developers from Twitter, Gameloft, and TripIt share their experiences about developing apps with Catalyst  —  The people already using Catalyst tell Ars what Mac users and devs should expect.  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—When Apple revealed macOS Catalina …
Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Microsoft says its next Windows 10 feature update, expected in September, will focus on performance improvements and quality enhancements  —  Microsoft has finally announced Windows 10 19H2, and it's just as we expected.  There's not much to see here, folks.

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