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June 23, 2022, 2:10 AM

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Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Amazon is working on letting Alexa mimic any voice after hearing less than a minute of audio, as a way to “make the memories last” of deceased family members  —  Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) wants to give customers the chance to make Alexa, the company's voice assistant, sound just like their grandmother — or anyone else.
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Brave says its search engine had 411.7M queries in May, up ~5,000% since its June 2021 launch, and launches Goggles, which lets users customize searches  —  Brave Search, the browser developer's privacy-centric Internet search engine, is celebrating its first anniversary after surpassing 2.5 billion queries …
Oliver Knight / CoinDesk:
eBay acquires NFT marketplace KnownOrigin for an undisclosed sum; DappRadar: KnownOrigin enabled $7.8M in digital collectible trade volume since its 2018 launch  —  The move comes one month after eBay released its debut collection of NFTs.  —  E-commerce giant eBay (EBAY) …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Meta rebrands Facebook Pay as Meta Pay; Mark Zuckerberg says Meta is working on an interoperable “wallet for the metaverse” that will have “proof of ownership”  —  Also, the Meta Pay rebrand is here  —  Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday that Facebook Pay …
Zach Schonfeld / The Hill:
Microsoft report details Russian cyberattacks across 42 countries outside Ukraine since the war began, with a 29% success rate and NATO governments prioritized  —  Russia has levied dozens of cyber espionage campaigns in 42 countries since it invaded Ukraine in February, according to a new Microsoft report.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Comcast and Google have emerged as the top contenders to help Netflix develop an ad-supported tier, and Netflix has discussed ad partnerships with Roku  —  Deals with the streaming company could include exclusive agreements and revenue-sharing  —  Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal …
Jason Del Rey / Vox:
An internal Amazon memo from mid-2021 warns the company could run out of potential US warehouse workers by 2024 and suggests six remedies, such as raising wages  —  Unions might not be the tech giant's biggest labor threat.  —  Amazon is facing a looming crisis: It could run out of people …
Monica Chin / The Verge:
MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2) review: dominant single-core performance with good battery life, but just two USB-C ports, design from 2016, and webcam is still bad  —  Apple has put a 2022 CPU in a 2016 computer  —  I don't really care what the M2 MacBook Pro gets on benchmarks.
Sander Lutz / Decrypt:
Coinbase says it plans to shut down its standalone, trader-focused Pro service by the end of 2022 and replace it with Advanced Trade in the main app and site  —  The standalone service will be replaced by Advanced Trade, a feature within the main Coinbase app.
Sascha Segan / PCMag:
Nothing confirms phone (1) will not be fully supported by carriers in North America, as the company focuses on “home markets”, including the UK and Europe  —  It looks like Americans and Canadians are getting ... nothing.  —  Carl Pei's buzzy phone firm, which he says will be a top alternative …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Google revamps News, elevating local news and fact checks; News returns to Spain after 7.5 years citing the country adopting EU copyright rules in November 2021  —  Google News is relaunching in Spain almost eight years after it shut down to avoid paying publishers when the country introduced …
Tomio Geron / Protocol:
Shopify expands NFT integrations for merchants, including letting their customers unlock special products, perks, and experiences by purchasing NFTs  —  Despite the crypto crash, Shopify is betting that NFTs will change the way people shop online and in person.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Jared Newman / Fast Company:
Valve's Steam Deck makes a brilliant case against walled gardens by running Arch Linux and allowing software from anywhere, unlike every major game console  —  The Steam Deck is a portable gaming system that breaks the biggest rule of gaming systems.  —  Unlike practically every major game …

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