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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Uber unveils Uber Lite, a low-data app just 5MB in size for developing markets that shows maps only on request, coming to India first  —  “The next hundreds of millions of riders for us are going to come from outside of the United States", Uber's head of rider experience Peter Deng tells me.

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Marina Lopes / Washington Post: How two-thirds of Brazil's population is using WhatsApp to undermine the country's traditional power structures like unions amid economic and political crises  —  SAO PAULO, Brazil — When Lazaro Rutino needs a break from hauling beef across Brazil in his truck, he swipes on his phone …

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Steve Lohr / New York Times: US now has the world's fastest supercomputer, capable of 200 quadrillion calculations per second, called Summit, which cost $200M to develop  —  The United States just won bragging rights in the race to build the world's speediest supercomputer.  —  For five years, China had the world's fastest computer …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Coinbase announces plans to add support for Ethereum Classic, a fork of the Ethereum token, in the coming months  —  Coinbase may be one of the most-lauded crypto exchanges, but it supports just four coins right now which is far fewer than most others.  That's about to change a little …

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Josef Adalian / Vulture: Inside Netflix's original content efforts as it spends $8B this year: “It's 70 percent gut and 30 percent data,” says Ted Sarandos  —  “What do you think about gas in the tank for the long term?” asks Cindy Holland, Netflix's vice-president of original content.

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Emil Sjölander / Facebook Code: Facebook open sources Sonar, an extensible mobile debugging tool for iOS and Android, previously available only for Facebook engineers  —  One challenge that comes from having many engineers working collaboratively on larger apps is that typically no single person knows how every module works.

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Anna Hensel / VentureBeat: Snap announces ads for its Snappables AR games, two months after launching the social AR feature; first ads will go live on Thursday  —  Nearly two months after introducing Snappables, its social AR offering, Snap is now working with companies to create and sell branded versions of Snappables games.

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Richard Nieva / CNET: Congress releases Facebook's written responses to follow-up questions from Mark Zuckerberg's April testimony; Facebook says it received 2,000+ questions  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered a lot of questions when he testified before Congress in April.

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Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat: Valve will bring Steam to China with help of Chinese publisher Perfect World; no launch date has been announced  —  Chinese publisher Perfect World is helping Valve to create Steam China, which will bring Steam officially into China, of course.  This is a huge move that will make Steam …

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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police: The Fitbit Ace, a fitness tracker designed for kids, is now available for $100, with motion, step, and sleep trackers, activity reminders, and waterproofing  —  Fitbit has been in the business of making fitness trackers and wearables for years, but they've all been designed for adults.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: UK-based Memrise raises $15.5M Series B, says it reached profitability in Q1 this year and that its AI-based language learning app has passed 35M users globally  —  Memrise, a UK startup whose eponymous language-learning app employs machine learning and localised content to adapt to users' needs …

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Zaid Shoorbajee / Cyberscoop: Industrial systems cybersecurity company Claroty raises $60M Series B led by Singapore's Temasek, bringing total investment to $93M  —  Claroty, a industrial control systems cybersecurity company, announced on Monday that it raised $60 million in Series B funding from a diverse group of investors …

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Wenxin Fan / Wall Street Journal: How a gigapixel camera developed at Duke for US Navy is being used by China to surveil its citizens, after one of Duke's researchers moved there seeking funding  —  High-tech camera, conceived by scientists for the Pentagon, finds light by moving east  —  KUNSHAN, China—Five years ago …

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Sean Lyngaas / Cyberscoop: FBI announces arrest of 74 people, who allegedly hijacked bank transfers using email fraud, and recovery of ~$14M; 29 of the suspects were in Nigeria, 42 in US  —  The FBI on Monday announced the arrest of 74 people across three continents for hijacking bank transfers using email fraud.

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Rebecca Stewart / The Drum: Snap will roll out a “reach and frequency” tool by end of the month that lets advertisers purchase most of its ad formats, including AR lenses, programmatically  —  By the end of this month, advertisers will be able to purchase most of Snapchat's ad formats programmatically …

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Ankit Ajmera / Reuters: Factory automation equipment maker Rockwell Automation says it's buying an 8.4% stake in CAD software maker PTC for $1B  —  (Reuters) - Factory automation equipment maker Rockwell Automation said on Monday it would buy an 8.4 percent stake in PTC for $1 billion as it looks to build …

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Bloomberg: Spanish data watchdog begins probe into popular football streaming app that accesses users' smartphone mics and GPS to detect unauthorized broadcasts of matches  —  Spain's data-protection watchdog begun a probe into an app that enables the country's soccer league to access users' personal mobile phones …

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Cromwell Schubarth / Silicon Valley Business Journal: Byton, a Chinese electric car startup, raises $500M Series B to fuel the development of smart, connected cars, and hopes to ship its first model by end of 2019  —  Future Mobility Corp., the Chinese electric car company doing business as Byton, has raised $500 million in Series B funding to help it compete against Tesla Inc.

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Kara Swisher / Recode: Sources: Bozoma Saint John departs Uber after joining a year ago as chief brand officer, to head to entertainment conglomerate Endeavor, where she will be CMO  —  The high-profile marketing guru will become CMO at the entertainment conglomerate.  —  Sources said the high-profile exec Bozoma Saint John has left Uber for Endeavor.

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Robert Williams / Bloomberg: Google enters deal with supermarket Carrefour to sell groceries online in France by early 2019 through Home, Assistant, and Google's shopping destination  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google entered a deal with Carrefour SA to sell groceries online in France in what the retailer said was the first time fresh food …

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Ben Fox Rubin / CNET: Wish says it hit $1B+ in revenue in 2017, roughly doubling YoY, had 1M+ merchants and 75M MAUs as of April, as it goes after Walmart's value conscious customers  —  If you log onto the Wish app, you can buy dress shoes for $15, a watch for $3 or a 2-terabyte flash drive for $10.

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Makena Kelly / The Verge: A look at what happens now that net neutrality rules have been rolled back, including its immediate implications and legal pushback  —  A field guide to Ajit Pai's internet  —  As of June 11th, the legal protections against content discrimination on the internet are gone.

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TechCrunch: Facebook launches a new section called Memories to highlight old content, similar to the On This Day feature but more extensive  —  Facebook today is introducing a dedicated page called “Memories,” where you can reflect on the moments you've shared with family and friends over the years.

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Doina Chiacu / Reuters: US Treasury sanctions three Russian individuals and five firms, saying they helped Russia conduct cyberattacks, including NotPetya, against US and its allies  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on three Russian individuals and five companies on Monday …

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Stephen Silver / AppleInsider: Apple explicitly bans cryptocurrency mining in apps distributed through the iOS and Mac App Stores  —  New developer guidelines released during WWDC set new rules for cryptocurrency apps distributed through both the iOS and Mac App Stores.  —  Apple has added new language to its App Store review guidelines related to cryptocurrency.

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