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July 2, 2020, 10:15 PM

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Jason Koebler / VICE:
Angry over critical coverage, tech figures discuss hitting back against journalists, on Twitter and invite-only Clubhouse, leading to harassment of NYT's Lorenz  —  In leaked audio from an invite-only app, venture capitalists pondered everything they think is wrong with journalism.
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.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Companies have little to lose from joining a Facebook boycott during a slow month for ads amid a pandemic; they'll be back, and Facebook will emerge stronger  —  Every day, it seems, another major corporation joins the advertiser boycott against Facebook.  First came The North Face, REI and Patagonia.
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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.
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.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India's Reliance Jio launches JioMeet, a Zoom-like video-conference service, offering unlimited free calls in 720p with up to 100 participants and no time limit  —  India's Reliance Jio Platforms, which recently concluded a $15.2 billion fundraise run, is ready to enter a new business: Video conferencing.
Wallace Witkowski / MarketWatch:
Lemonade, an AI-driven insurance service, closes up 140% in its NYSE debut, reaching a $3.93B market cap, more than double its 2019 valuation from Softbank  —  Referenced Symbols  —  As the world is buffeted by digital and societal revolutions, Lemonade Inc. is hoping to leverage …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches a new site for Apple Card users to manage their accounts online; previously, all Apple Card interactions took place through iPhone's Wallet app  —  Apple has today launched an online dashboard for Apple Card users to manage their account online.
David Gilbert / VICE:
OTF staff worry about losing trust globally as the new CEO of their parent agency is pressed to divert funds from open-source to obscure, closed-source tech  —  This U.S. program provides encryption technologies to journalists and activists living under repressive regimes.
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
EU is examining whether Google's proposed acquisition of Fitbit will give the company more data to help it entrench its search engine and advertising businesses  —  Lengthy questionnaires to rivals come as consumer groups warn the deal will extend Google's data empire

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