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June 16, 2020, 3:55 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
The European Commission opens two antitrust investigations into Apple's App Store and Apple Pay practices  —  Both investigations begin today  —  The European Commission is opening two antitrust investigations into Apple's App Store and Apple Pay practices today.
Washington Post:
CIA report: security was so lax at the time of the Vault 7 breach, that if WikiLeaks hadn't published said files, CIA may have never known they were compromised  —  The theft of top-secret computer hacking tools from the CIA in 2016 was the result of a workplace culture in which the agency's …
BBC:
Report finds 11% of people under 25 use Instagram for news compared with 12% for Twitter, predicts Instagram will overtake Twitter next year as a news source  —  Photo-sharing app Instagram is set to overtake Twitter as a news source, research suggests.  —  The 2020 Reuters Institute Digital …
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Gallup/Knight poll: nearly two-thirds in US support Section 230 in principle; 85% favored removing intentionally misleading health information from social media  —  (Reuters) - Most Americans do not trust social media companies to make the right decisions about what should be allowed on their platforms …
Bloomberg:
Being a Black CEO in Silicon Valley can be humiliating, from being advised to have a white wingman in meetings, to being judged on a different rubric by VCs  —  Will Hayes has grown accustomed to an awkward start to business meetings.  On numerous occasions, venture capitalists would confuse Hayes …
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Graphika report details a Russia-based influence campaign, known as Secondary Infektion, that ran over 6 years and 300 sites, but failed to win a large audience  —  Group known as Secondary Infektion used multiple languages, burner accounts to circumvent attempts to detect it
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Researchers disclose 19 flaws in a TCP/IP library, first released in 1997, found in many IoT products; patches are available but unlikely to be widely applied  —  Security researchers disclose 19 vulnerabilities impacting a TCP/IP library found at the base of many IoT products.
Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
Germany launches a COVID-19 contact tracing app on iOS and Android, saying it cost €20M to develop and will require €2.5M- €3.5M per month to operate  —  BERLIN (AP) — Germany launched a coronavirus tracing app Tuesday that officials say is so secure even government ministers can use it.
Matt Day / Bloomberg:
Amazon says it is deploying AI-powered software called Distance Assistant in warehouses that tells workers if they are too close to colleagues  —  - Workers failing to keep safe distance will be circled in red  — Robotics engineer likens technology to highway speed checkers
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Dropbox launches a password manager, a secure vault for storing documents like birth certificates, a backup service, and a family plan  —  The company announced a bunch of new updates today  —  Dropbox is launching a bunch of new features today, many of which are security-focused …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft moves its Windows 10 Insider Program from rings to channels, to focus more on release quality rather than frequency of builds  —  For the last few years, Microsoft has given Windows enthusiasts the ability to opt in to early release “rings,” with the choice to pick between “fast” …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Sources: SoftBank plans to sell up to two-thirds of its T-Mobile stake, worth around $20B, early next week  —  - SoftBank plans to sell up to two-thirds of its stake in T-Mobile early next week, sources told CNBC's David Faber Tuesday.  — The transaction would represent as much as $20 billion.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Smart calendar startup Clockwise raises $18M Series B as it looks to expand its tool to Microsoft Office 365 and other services  —  Smart calendar startup Clockwise today announced it has raised $18 million, with plans to grow its workforce and expand to other platforms, including Microsoft Office 365.
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David Pierce / Protocol:
Basecamp debuts Hey, an email service for $99/year that tries to reimagine email, blocks tracking pixels, but needs its own client and can't import old email  —  David Heinemeier Hansson, the co-founder and CTO of Basecamp, is trying very hard to not say “I told you so.”
Hiroyuki Nishimura / Nikkei Asian Review:
China proposes an East Asian digital currency based on the Chinese yuan, Japanese yen, South Korean won, and the Hong Kong dollar  —  Beijing backs private-sector-led East Asia digital money in challenge to US  —  TOKYO — Global competition for supremacy in digital currencies has entered …
Shakeel Hashim / Protocol:
Brightside, a financial health service offering expert assistance, says it closed a $35M Series A at the end of last year, led by Andreessen Horowitz  —  A pandemic in which thousands of businesses are struggling to pay bills seems like an odd time to voluntarily take on debt, especially for a startup.
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Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Starburst, a startup based around an open-source data analytics project from Facebook called Presto, raises $42M Series B led by Coatue Ventures  —  An open-source software company with close ties to Facebook has raised a new funding round from one of the tech giant's former key executives.

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