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July 7, 2019, 5:50 PM

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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.
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 …
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
A look at the growing demand for screen time consultants, parenting coaches getting paid up to $250/hour to help parents wean their kids off devices  —  Screen consultants are here to help you remember life before smartphones and tablets.  (Spoiler: get a dog!)
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.
Financial Times:
UK's Financial Conduct Authority proposes a ban on the sale of cryptocurrency derivatives like futures, options, and ETFs to consumers from next year  —  UK market regulators are planning to ban derivatives on cryptocurrencies for retail investors, warning it is “impossible” to value them reliably …
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
Comscore report: in March, 69.9M US homes had DVRs and 64.1M had smart TVs; monthly viewing hours on smart TVs hit 5.5B, vs. 4.6B for DVRs  —  Among the many positive indicators for OTT in Comscore's newly released 2019 “The State of OTT” report is the platform's imminent surpassing of DVR tech.
Chris Hamby / New York Times:
Experts worry that the upcoming US Census, the first to incorporate digital methods, could fall victim to disinformation campaigns, glitches, and hacking  —  The government plans to deploy new technology for next year's head count, but risks abound.  —  In the run-up to the 2020 census …

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