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August 19, 2019, 1:25 PM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Disney+ to launch in Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand along with the US in November, will stream on all major platforms except Fire TV  —  Disney today confirmed its first global launches for the company's upcoming Disney+ subscription service, and it outlined which devices …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Spotify's Premium Family Plan is getting parental controls with an explicit content filter and a Family Mix personalized playlist for the whole family  —  Spotify is rolling out a new Premium Family Plan with a much-awaited setting.  Parents will now have the ability to filter out songs with swearing …
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Binance says it plans to launch Venus, an “independent regional version of Libra”, which will develop “localized” stablecoins pegged to fiat currencies  —  The world's largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance is planning to launch “Venus,” calling it an …
Reuters:
Google shuts down its free service to show carriers weak spots in their coverage, sources say to avoid potential scrutiny over sharing data from its users  —  NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed …
Bloomberg:
Trump says that at a recent dinner Tim Cook made a “very compelling argument” that Apple might lose its edge to Samsung due to tariffs on goods from China  —  - Many made-in-China Apple products to be hit soon with tariffs  — Apple CEO made ‘good case’ about tariffs at dinner: Trump
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo are working on an AirDrop-style wireless file transfer protocol that will work between their devices with speeds of up to 20MB/s  —  Three of China's biggest smartphone makers are working together on a new wireless file transfer protocol that will work between their respective devices.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
23 Texas local governments hit in what appears to be a coordinated ransomware attack  —  Infection blamed on a strain of ransomware known only as the “.JSE ransomware.”  —  Twenty-three local Texas governments have been infected with ransomware last week in what Texas officials have described as a coordinated attack.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sources: Root Insurance, an auto insurance startup that leverages telematics data from its mobile app to gauge driving style, raises ~$350M at a $3.5B valuation  —  Root Insurance, a tech-enabled auto insurance upstart that lives among the legacy giants in Columbus, Ohio …
Reuters:
Sources: Facebook contractor Genpact has hiked pay for Indian content reviewers, doubling minimum salaries to ~$3,500/year, after reports in February of low pay  —  BENGALURU/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook contractor Genpact has raised minimum wages for the content moderation teams it runs …

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