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June 21, 2021, 2:10 AM

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Ezra Fieser / Bloomberg:
A look at El Zonte, a surfing village in El Salvador dubbed Bitcoin Beach after an anonymous 2019 donation turned it into a controlled alt-currency experiment  —  An anonymous donor turned a tiny Pacific coast town without a bank into the world's biggest Bitcoin experiment.  Up next: the entire country.
Matt Dougherty / KHOU-TV:
Some power companies in Texas are remotely adjusting the smart thermostats of users enrolled in their energy saving programs to reduce strain on power grids  —  Some said they didn't know their thermostats were being accessed from afar until it was almost 80 degrees inside their homes.
Alan Suderman / Associated Press:
Tax experts say that ransomware victims' ransom payments are probably tax deductible in the US, unless they were paid by an insurance company  —  As ransomware attacks surge, the FBI is doubling down on its guidance to affected businesses: Don't pay the cybercriminals.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Wristcam, which makes a $299 Apple Watch band with a camera capable of taking 4K images and recording 1080p video, raises $25M led by Marker LLC  —  Last week word got out that Facebook was taking another big step into first-party hardware with the planned launch of its own smartwatch.
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Wall Street Journal:
Analysts say the dominance of TSMC, which makes ~92% of the world's most sophisticated chips and 60% of chips used in cars, poses risks to the global economy  —  Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s dominance poses risks to the global economy, amid geopolitical tensions and a major chip shortage
Betsy Ladyzhets / MIT Technology Review:
An analysis of the usage of COVID-19 contact tracing apps in 25 US states and DC finds that only 13 have enough usage to benefit from exposure notification  —  A year ago, engineers built apps to track potential virus exposure.  Our research shows the impact has been mixed—but there's still potential.
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
Forbes:
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Kristen Sinclair / The Verge:
A look at some Twitch streamers using the service to showcase minority languages like Galician, Welsh, Basque, and te reo Māori  —  Minority languages are often associated with aging rural communities, thought to have fallen out of use or confined to textbooks.

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