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July 10, 2019, 5:25 PM

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Scott Stein / CNET:
First look at Nintendo Switch Lite, a smaller, cheaper, handheld-only model launching September 20 for $200  —  When reports emerged of a lower-cost Nintendo Switch that wouldn't have detachable Joy-Con controllers and couldn't plug into a TV, my son had one question.  What's the point of a Switch that doesn't Switch?
Rani Molla / Vox:
ETR survey of ~580 CIOs or IT decision makers at large enterprises reveals 59% use or plan to adopt Microsoft Teams compared with 35% for Slack  —  Microsoft Teams isn't better than Slack, but it is freer.  —  Tech workers' favorite communications tool, Slack, is losing ground to its biggest rival …
Jonah Weiner / New York Times:
An in-depth look at the changing TV landscape as users shift towards consuming media online, pitting old companies like HBO against new companies like Netflix  —  In their rush to match Netflix, competitors like HBO, Hulu and Amazon are ordering a slew of content — ushering out the age of …
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Alex Heath / The Information:
Sources: Facebook is looking to buy game studios and has signed deals for exclusive VR versions of Assassin's Creed and more to bolster its Oculus ecosystem  —  Facebook is looking to buy game studios and ink exclusive deals for virtual reality versions of well-known games to bolster …
Josh Dzieza / The Verge:
“Amazon nomads” crisscross the US looking for cheap, sometimes rare, goods at small-town superstores and outlet clearance sales to sell on Amazon Marketplace  —  To stock Amazon's shelves, merchants travel the backroads of America in search of rare soap and coveted toys
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Anchorage, which safeguards crypto assets for institutions with a unique no-password security system, raises $40M Series B led by Blockchain Capital  —  Visa and Andreessen Horowitz are betting even bigger on cryptocurrency, funding a big round for fellow Facebook Libra Association member …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Inside Microsoft's new flagship three-story retail store in central London, its first such store in Europe, with an entire floor dedicated to enterprise  —  The first Microsoft store for Europe  —  Microsoft has more than 80 retail stores worldwide, but none of them are quite like the company's new London flagship store.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Zoom, following backlash for initially refusing to fix a flaw in its app that allows an attacker to launch the Mac camera via a malicious link, releases a fix  —  AFTER INITIALLY SAYING that it wouldn't issue a full fix for a vulnerability disclosed on Monday, the video conferencing service Zoom has changed course.
Holly Beilin / Hypepotamus:
Stratasan, a Nashville-based provider of healthcare data analytics software, raises $26M; Stratasan had previously raised $1.2M, per Crunchbase  —  Stratasan, a Nashville-based healthcare data analytics software provider, has closed a $26 million growth funding round led by Fulcrum Equity Partners.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
AT&T says it will enable Call Protect, its free service to block robocalls, by default for new customers, and “in the coming months” for existing customers  —  The first major carrier to automatically block fraudulent calls  —  In June, the Federal Communications Commission ruled …
Henry Giardina / Gizmodo:
Researchers, educators, writers, and activists talk about how trans people found each other in the early days of the internet  —  This week, we're looking at the state of free speech on the internet, how we got here, and where we're going.  —  Trans people have existed since the dawn of time.

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