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June 18, 2020, 10:25 AM

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Twitter:
Twitter will let users record and add up to 140 seconds of audio to tweets, rolling out to iOS users in the coming weeks  —  Twitter is where you go to talk about what's happening.  Over the years, photos, videos, gifs, and extra characters have allowed you to add your own flair and personality to your conversations.
Leo Kelion / BBC:
In major U-turn, UK abandons its own coronavirus-tracing app approach and shifts to the model based on the technology provided by Google and Apple  —  In a major U-turn, the UK is ditching the way its current coronavirus-tracing app works and shifting to a model based on technology provided by Apple and Google.
Nico Grant / Bloomberg:
Zoom backtracks on end-to-end encryption, saying it plans to offer E2EE to all tiers of users who verify phone numbers and will start testing it in July  —  - Company will require users of free service to verify identity  — Video-conferencing app will test strongest encryption in July
Brian Barrett / Wired:
eBay confirms that ex-CEO Devin Wenig is the person who allegedly ordered six eBay employees to initiate a cyberstalking campaign; Wenig is not being charged  —  Surveillance.  Harassment.  A live cockroach delivery.  US attorneys have charged six former eBay workers in association with an outrageous cyberstalking campaign.
John Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
Book excerpt by Trump's former national security adviser: Trump offered in 2019 to reverse Huawei's criminal prosecution if China agreed to a trade deal  —  The president pleaded with Chinese leader Xi Jinping for domestic political help, subordinated national-security issues …
Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
Sundar Pichai says Google will increase its proportion of execs from underrepresented groups by 30% by 2025, contribute $175M+ for Black business owners, more  —  Not new to debates on race, Google seeks to address ‘systemic racism’ in society  —  Google announced a new hiring goal …
Financial Times:
German payments group Wirecard says €1.9B cash is missing and that “spurious cash balances” might have been provided to its auditor by a third party  —  Shares of payments group crash as it says a third-party may have tried ‘to deceive’ its auditor
New York Times:
The US withdraws from international digital tax negotiations with European countries, says it'll retaliate if they move forward with new taxes on US tech firms  —  The breakdown in negotiations could prompt President Trump to retaliate against countries that impose taxes on American tech firms.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
T-Mobile says its massive outage on Monday was caused by failures of a leased third-party fiber circuit and its backup that resulted in an “IP traffic storm”  —  “We did not meet our own bar for excellence,” writes T-Mobile's CTO  —  If you've been wondering what could knock …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:
DOJ proposes Congress adopt new legislation adding conditions to Section 230 protections, opening up Facebook, Google, Twitter, others to additional liability  —  The Justice Department is urging Congress to limit the legal protections enjoyed by online platforms, seeking to narrow the law …
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:
Jake Kanter / Deadline:
Amazon is planning to stream four Premier League games for free on Twitch in the UK, starting June 29  —  EXCLUSIVE: Amazon is planning to stream live Premier League fixtures for free on Twitch in the UK as it aims to give fans the chance to interact with each other while games are being played.
Danielle Mackey / Rest of World:
Ecuador's state-run Twitter troll army, perfected by former president Rafael Correa, has become less organized but more sophisticated since his departure  —  Ecuador's government-run Twitter army became a nexus for online political harassment across the world.  —  • QUITO, ECUADOR
Bloomberg:
Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com rises ~6% in its debut in Hong Kong after raising $3.9B  —  - JD's listing followed NetEase's coming-out party a week ago  — Alibaba, JD and NetEase bode well for future Chinese debuts  —  JD.com Inc. soared about 6% in its Thursday debut in Hong Kong …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
No, Google didn't demonetize The Federalist and Zero Hedge, as NBC's misleading story claims, and it is not an example of anti-conservative bias  —  from the another-day-another-story dept  —  So, earlier today, NBC reported that Google had “banned” two well known websites from its ad platform, namely The Federalist and Zero Hedge.
Dan Primack / Axios:
DoorDash raises $400M led by Durable Capital Partners, at a $16B post-money valuation  —  DoorDash has raised $400 million in new equity funding at a $16 billion post-money valuation, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: For all the talk of deals that didn't happen because of coronavirus, this one is a product of the pandemic.
The Independent:
Russia announces it is lifting restrictions on the use of the Telegram after the messaging app “agrees to help with extremism investigations”  —  Russia has announced it is lifting restrictions on the use of the Telegram private messenger app.  —  The messenger has been officially blocked …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Documents from an ACLU lawsuit show Microsoft tried to sell facial recognition tech to the DEA in late 2017, six months before the company called for regulation  —  Last week, Microsoft said it would not sell its facial recognition to police departments.  But new documents reveal it was pitching …

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