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June 18, 2021, 5:35 PM

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Sami Fathi / MacRumors:
YouTube says it is rolling out picture-in-picture support for YouTube Premium users on iOS and plans to launch the feature for all iOS users in the US  —  After a long wait, YouTube for iOS is officially gaining picture-in-picture support, allowing all users, non-premium and premium subscribers …
Mercury News:
California launches a digital vaccine verification system built using the open-source SMART Health Card Framework, with QR codes to show COVID-19 vaccine status  —  Vaccinated Californians now have a new way to show they are inoculated against the coronavirus without carrying around a flimsy paper card.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Roku says from May 20 to June 3, more Roku viewers streamed a Roku Original than Quibi users who streamed Quibi shows during the nine months of Quibi's lifetime  —  Roku has revealed viewership data for its original programming, much of which was powered by the acquisition of Quibi's library last January.
Mishaal Rahman / XDA Developers:
APK teardown of new version of Google Play Services suggests that Google is working to build an Android device network like Apple's Find My  —  Because Apple tightly controls the iOS ecosystem, they're able to build a massive, crowdsourced network of devices that can help locate other devices.
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Spotify has acquired Podz, a podcast discovery startup whose tech helps podcasters promote their show using ML to select 60-second clips of key moments  —  Podcasts are all the rage, but podcast discovery is a challenge.  Today, Spotify announced its acquisition of Podz …
Brandon Kochkodin / Bloomberg:
PitchBook: $17B have been invested in crypto startups this year, including $10B of digital assets from Block.one to capitalize crypto exchange Bullish Global  —  - VC funds already eclipsed annual amount for crypto investments  — $10 billion Bullish Global raise largest in industry history
Sam Byford / The Verge:
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau says OnePlus and Oppo will have more integrations moving forward, further hinting at a possible merger  —  OnePlus says it will ‘further integrate’ its business with Oppo.  But what does that really mean?  —  OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has announced a “new journey” …
Hugh Son / CNBC:
Goldman Sachs has begun trading bitcoin futures in partnership with Mike Novogratz's merchant bank Galaxy Digital  —  - The bank has begun trading bitcoin futures with Galaxy Digital, the crypto investment firm founded by Mike Novogratz, CNBC has learned exclusively.
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Ukrainian police arrest members of ransomware gang Clop, the first time that a national law enforcement agency has carried out mass arrests of such a gang  —  Arrests of Cl0p hacker group members adds to pressure on other countries to follow suit  —  Ukrainian police have arrested members …

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