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Kris Holt / Engadget: Ring opens preorders for Ring Alarm, its DIY home security system shipping July 4th; base package costs $199 with optional professional monitoring for $10/month  —  After navigating a lawsuit that put sales on hold, Ring is finally putting its home security system on sale.

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Sara Fischer / Axios: Facebook plans to separate archives for political ads and for ads promoting news publishers' political content; publisher archive will be ready in a few weeks  —  Speaking at Axios' Media Trends event Monday night, Facebook's head of global news partnerships Campbell Brown formally announced …

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Mat Honan / BuzzFeed: Inside the Open Markets Institute Conference attended by politicians and media execs who discussed the role of Facebook and Google on the media industry  —  You can't bust a trust if the trust busts you first.  —  Reporting From Washington, D.C.  —  The rising antitrust movement gathered Tuesday …

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Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch: Uber hires Daniel Danker from Facebook to serve as a senior director and head of driver product, filling a role that has been vacant since December  —  Uber has brought on Daniel Danker to serve as a senior director and head of driver product.  Prior to joining Uber, he was a product director …

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Jack Nicas / New York Times: Apple says an upcoming software update will disable an iPhone's Lightning port if phone isn't used for an hour, closing loophole letting police crack devices  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has long positioned the iPhone as a secure device that only its owner can open.

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Q&A with Pocket CEO Nate Weiner as Firefox tests offering personalized feeds by analyzing articles and videos in users' browsing history and Pocket saved list  —  Pocket CEO Nate Weiner on how local data processing is the future of personalized recommendations

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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: Oracle debuts Internet Intelligence Map, a free real-time visualization of internet threats, so hijacks, submarine cable breaks, and more can easily be spotted  —  Distributed denial of service attacks.  Malware.  State-imposed internet blackouts.  It's hard to keep abreast of every bad actor …

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Yoko Kubota / Wall Street Journal: Records and sources say China will begin using electronic identification system to track cars nationwide on July 1; compliance will be compulsory from Jan. 2019  —  National plan to electronically scan autos adds to the ways Beijing can monitor its citizens, also including video cameras and facial recognition technology

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Reuters: Didi Chuxing says drivers can only pick up passengers of the same sex in early morning and late evening, after murder of female rider earlier this year  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - China's biggest ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing said on Wednesday its car-pooling service drivers can only pick …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Musical.ly to pull its standalone live streaming app Live.ly, launched in 2016, and roll its features into the main app  —  Musical.ly is merging the functionality from its two-year old live-streaming platform Live.ly into its main app, and has disabled Live.ly's standalone app as part of the transition process.

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Nick Pino / TechRadar.com: Netflix says it has entered into a partnership with Telltale Games to bring simple episodic games to its platform, starting with Minecraft: Story Mode  —  EXCLUSIVE: Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode outed as first streamable game  —  Netflix and Telltale Games have entered into a deal …

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Electronic Frontier Foundation: Over 70 internet experts and pioneers pen letter opposing proposed EU copyright provision to require internet platforms filter content, before next week's vote  —  As Europe's latest copyright proposal heads to a critical vote on June 20-21, more than 70 Internet and computing luminaries …

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Rachel Kaser / The Next Web: Twitter will soon offer users in US personalized news updates, alerting them to events or breaking news based on their interests, like the accounts they follow  —  Twitter today announced an upcoming addition to its suite of mobile notifications.  Namely, it will soon offer users personalized news updates …

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Jason Guerrasio / Business Insider: MoviePass says it surpassed 3M subscribers and expects to hit 5M by the end of the year as growth slows  —  - MoviePass announced it has passed the 3 million paid subscribers mark.  — However, growth for the movie ticket subscription service is slowing.

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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: Google says it will open an AI research center in Ghana later this year, its first such center in Africa  —  Tech giants are pouring money into artificial intelligence.  Baidu and Google spent between $20 and $30 billion on AI in 2016 alone, according to research from McKinsey.

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Epic Games says Fortnite now has 125M registered players under a year after launch; last week, Epic investor Tencent said 40M play the game once a month or more  —  That's a lot  —  Developer Epic Games announced today that Fortnite has grown to 125 million registered players in less than a year.

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: Tableau says it has acquired AI startup Empirical Systems, born from MIT's Probabilistic Computing Project, which analyzes modular data, such as spreadsheets  —  When Tableau was founded back in 2003, not many people were thinking about artificial intelligence to drive analytics and visualization …

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Keith Coleman / Twitter: Twitter says it's redesigning Moments by introducing vertical scrolling and adding multiple timelines for some US Moments  —  People come to Twitter to see and discuss what matters to them — from breaking news to the day's events and memes.  This is because whatever is happening in the world …

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed: Twitter will soon begin curating dedicated pages for events, with tweets, videos, and more, that will be promoted across notifications, Explore tab, and more  —  Twitter wants to create more of those experiences where it seems like everyone is following the same thing together.

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Spencer Soper / Bloomberg: Sources detail how Amazon is using AI to make crucial decisions, such as choosing inventory and managing retail operations, replacing white-collar workers  —  Amazon.com Inc. has long used robots to help humans move merchandise around its warehouses.  Now automation is transforming Amazon's white-collar workforce, too.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook will require businesses using its Custom Audiences ad tool declare whether contact information was gained with user consent starting July 2  —  Facebook is hoping to avoid another privacy scandal by adding new accountability and transparency requirements for businesses that use …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Roundup of what to expect from upcoming Microsoft hardware: heavily redesigned Surface Pro 6 in mid-2019, updated budget Surface later this year, and more  —  A bunch of new Microsoft hardware codenames and information are circulating.  Here's what could be in the works and when new devices may arrive.

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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat: Samsung announces Q Fund, aimed at investing in early stage AI startups; the fund has already invested in Covariant AI and robotics startup Vicarious AI  —  Samsung's team designed to seek out innovative, forward-thinking technology today announced the launch of the Q Fund …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft announces a redesign for its Office suite, including desktop apps and Office.com, rolling out over the coming months  —  A simplified ribbon leads the way for a billion users  —  Microsoft is bringing its Fluent Design system from Windows 10 over to its Office apps to simplify them for the billion people that use Office.

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: Adblock Plus's parent company Eyeo launches Trusted News, a browser extension for Chrome, which helps users identify fake news  —  eyeo, the company behind the popular browser-based ad block product Adblock Plus, is no stranger to controversy.  Which is just as well given its new …

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