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July 2, 2020, 3:15 PM

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Joseph Cox / VICE:
Police infiltrated Encrochat, an encrypted phone network used by organized crime, and read millions of messages for months, leading to international arrests  —  Police monitored a hundred million encrypted messages sent through Encrochat, a network used by career criminals to discuss drug deals, murders, and extortion plots.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Facebook says it continued sharing data of inactive users with around 5,000 developers even after their apps' 90-day cut-off date expired; issue is now fixed  —  A Facebook privacy mechanism blocks apps from receiving user data if users didn't use an app for 90 days.
Alex Heath / The Information:
Sources: Zuckerberg told staff Facebook won't change policies because of “threat to a small percent of our revenue”, expects advertisers to return “soon enough”  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees he was reluctant to bow to the threats of a growing ad boycott …
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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it is shutting down Lasso, its TikTok clone launched a year and a half ago, on July 10  —  Facebook is no longer betting on Lasso, an app it launched a year and a half ago, to take on TikTok .  The social juggernaut's TikTok clone is shutting down on July 10, Facebook said.
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
CBP awards Anduril, founded by Palantir veterans and Palmer Luckey, a five-year contract to build a “virtual border wall” using mobile surveillance towers  —  The Trump administration has awarded a major border security contract to a California technology start …
Daniel Kuhn / CoinDesk:
Researchers expose a flaw in at least three major crypto wallets, Ledger Live, Edge, and Breadwallet, which could be exploited for double-spending users' funds  —  A standard way to transact Bitcoin could be vulnerable to double-spending, new research has found.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Rep. David Cicilline says Tim Cook will testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee in late July, alongside Facebook, Amazon, and Google CEOs  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook, the last chief executive of four big tech companies targeted in a U.S. House Judiciary Committee antitrust probe …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Twitter removed a picture from a Trump tweet after receiving a DMCA complaint from the NYT, which owns the rights to the photo taken in 2015  —  Twitter has removed a picture from a tweet by President Trump on Tuesday after it received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) …
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
A look at “Prison TikTok”, a subgenre where inmates use contraband cellphones to share dance videos, funny skits, and broadcast their living conditions  —  The lives of incarcerated people are usually hidden from society.  On prison TikTok, they're going viral.
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
As part of UK antitrust investigation of Google, the CMA says Safari's use of Google as its default search engine is “a significant barrier to entry” for rivals  —  (Reuters) - The payments by Alphabet Inc's Google to Apple Inc to be the default search engine on Apple's Safari web browser create …
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