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July 8, 2019, 6:20 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.
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 …
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Podimo, which says it is building Europe's “Netflix for podcasts,” raises €6M in seed funding, ahead of a planned launch in Germany and Denmark later this year  —  Podimo, a Copenhagen-based startup building what it hopes will become Europe's “Netflix for podcasts,” …
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!)

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