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June 18, 2021, 12:45 PM

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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 …
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” …
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 …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
PUBG Mobile returns to Google Play Store in India with new name Battlegrounds Mobile India, after being banned for nine months on national security grounds  —  Krafton, which filed for an IPO earlier this week, has built a gigantic gaming empire.  If the firm is able to raise the target $5 billion …
Johana Bhuiyan / Los Angeles Times:
Emails from 2016 show Ring provided ~100 LAPD officers with free devices or discount codes and encouraged them to promote its devices to fellow LAPD, the public  —  In a bid to bolster its claims as a crime-fighting tool, Ring deployed a tactic popular in the business world: influencer marketing.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Transform, which develops tools for businesses to query and build metrics from data troves, comes out of stealth with $20M Series A, after $4.5M seed in 2020  —  The biggest tech companies have put a lot of time and money into building tools and platforms for their data science teams …
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