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July 8, 2019, 8:15 AM

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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
FBI and ICE have access to 641M photos including driver's license photos from 21 states for facial recognition searches, internal docs and GAO report show  —  A cache of records shared with The Washington Post reveals that agents are scanning millions of Americans' faces without their knowledge or consent.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple tests Face ID and Touch ID sign-in for iCloud․com on iOS 13 and macOS Catalina betas  —  For iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina beta testers, Apple is trying out a new sign-in process for iCloud on the web.  When you head to beta.icloud.com on a device running the betas …
BBC:
UK's ICO fines British Airways a record £183M fine for the data breach in 2018 that affected ~500K customers  —  British Airways is facing a record fine of £183m for last year's breach of its security systems.  —  The airline, owned by IAG, says it is “surprised and disappointed” …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Mozilla says it has no plans to enable DNS-over-HTTPS by default in Firefox in the UK, after ISPs and the UK government criticize its support of the protocol  —  But there's nothing stopping users from enabling the DNS-over-HTTPS feature in Firefox on their own, though.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
7-Eleven Japan shut down its 7Pay mobile payment app two days after launch after hackers reset passwords for ~900 accounts and made ~$500K in illegal charges  —  Hackers exploit 7-Eleven's poorly designed password reset function to make unwanted charges on 900 customers' accounts.
Ruby Prosser Scully / New Scientist:
Researchers say they have been able to store the digital data of thumbnail-sized images on molecules smaller than DNA and retrieve it with ~99% accuracy  —  DNA isn't the only molecule we could use for digital storage.  It turns out that solutions containing sugars, amino acids and other small molecules could replace hard drives too.
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
A look at the rise of the ambivalent conspiracy theorists, popular YouTubers using irony and nonchalance to refurbish old conspiracies for new audiences  —  Conspiracy theories were once deadly serious.  On the internet, skepticism about the moon landing shows how the mood has shifted.
Emma Cosgrove / Supply Chain Dive:
TradeLens, Maersk and IBM's blockchain-based platform, now has five of the world's top six carriers, responsible for 50%+ of all container shipping, on board  —  Dive Brief:  — Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express (ONE) — the world's fifth and sixth largest ocean carriers, respectively …

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