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July 21, 2019, 1:15 PM

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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Hackers breached SyTech, a contractor for Russia's FSB, and stole 7.5TB of data about its projects for the agency, including one for deanonymizing Tor traffic  —  SyTech, the hacked company, was working on research projects for the FSB, Russia's intelligence service.
Andrew Liptak / The Verge:
A new set of Pixel 4 leaked images and a series of renders show it will have a large forehead bezel for a variety of sensors and front-facing cameras  —  A lot of space to cover up  —  A new set of leaked images of Google's forthcoming Pixel 4 smartphone have surfaced on the web …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Profile of Calibra's head of strategy Morgan Beller, previously a partner at a16z, and the original driving force behind Facebook's push into cryptocurrency  —  KEY POINTS  — Morgan Beller is one of three people — all Facebook employees — listed as a co-creator of the proposed Libra digital currency …
Tim Merel / VentureBeat:
Report: of the $5.4B invested in AR and VR in the last 12 months to Q2 2019, Chinese companies raised over 2.5x more money than North American counterparts  —  If today's AR/VR investment/merger-and-acquisition dynamics continue, there could be a window of one year to 18 months for corporate and VC …
Jon Emont / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon offers Marketplace merchants perks like prominent placements, more if they agree to sell their successful brands to Amazon, often at $10K/brand  —  Program offers merchants prominent display and marketing support—at the cost of giving Amazon the right to buy their brand at a fixed price
David Z. Morris / Fortune:
Dust Identity, which covers objects with a diamond dust coating with a unique pattern to track them across complex supply chains, raises $10M Series A  —  Startup Dust Identity has raised $10 million in a series A funding round, led by Kleiner Perkins and including strategic investments …
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Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Amazon updates ToS for 3rd party sellers, will now give a 30-day notice and provide reasons for account suspensions, but sellers say changes don't go far enough  —  KEY POINTS  — Amazon updated its terms of service for third-party sellers this week, committing to give a 30-day notice and provide reasons for account suspensions.
Song Jingli Mon / KrASIA:
CloudMinds, a cloud-based robotics company, files for a US IPO seeking to raise $500M, says it had revenues of $121M, up 529% YoY, and a $156.8M loss in 2018  —  Beijing-headquartered robot producer CloudMinds has filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering to raise up to USD 500 million.

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