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August 18, 2019, 2:30 PM

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Apple's WebKit announces strict anti-tracking policy to prevent covert tracking and all cross-site tracking, credits Mozilla's policy for inspiring its approach  —  WebKit, the open source engine that underpins Internet browsers including Apple's Safari browser, has announced …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
IRS sends out letters warning taxpayers that data it received from crypto exchanges shows they owe taxes related to trades over the past several years  —  The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is sending another round of warning letters to cryptocurrency users, this time to taxpayers …
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Ikea says it is creating a new business unit, Ikea Home smart, with end-to-end responsibility for its portfolio of smart devices  —  ‘We are just getting started’  —  Ikea is formalizing what has recently become all too obvious: the company is making a major bet on smart home tech as a source of new revenue.
Kevin Kwok / kwokchain:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: SoftBank plans to lend up to $20B to its employees to buy stakes in its second VC fund, with Masayoshi Son accounting for more than half of the amount  —  Unusual setup doubly exposes the Japanese company to a startup economy that is starting to show cracks
Caroline McCarthy / Spectator USA:
Google was so obsessed with beating Facebook that it missed an opportunity with Google+ to tackle the problems, like radicalization, plaguing social media now  —  As a member of the marketing team for Google's once-hyped Google+ social network (remember that?)
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Bakkt says it plans to launch its physically-settled bitcoin futures contracts on Sept. 23, after getting approval from NY state's financial regulator  —  Bakkt has been cleared to launch.  —  The Intercontinental Exchange's young subsidiary announced Friday that it had acquired …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
By not providing Siri users with clear control over how their data is used, Apple is at odds with the privacy doctrine that it preaches on billboards  —  Three weeks ago, writing for The Guardian, Alex Hern reported: … I pooh-poohed this story at first, mostly on the grounds that I thought …

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