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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple is asking suppliers to study feasibility of shifting final assembly of some products out of China amid trade tensions  —  iPhone maker is asking suppliers to study moving final assembly of some products out of the country  —  Apple Inc. AAPL -.29% is asking suppliers …

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Druva, which provides a SaaS platform for data protection and management, raises $130M round led by Viking Global Investors at a $1B+ valuation  —  As businesses continue to move more of their computing and data to the cloud, one of the startups that has made a name for itself as a provider …

UK government says the age verification requirement for porn websites is delayed because it failed to inform European regulators about the plan  —  An age-check scheme designed to stop under-18s viewing pornographic websites has been delayed a second time.  —  The changes - which mean UK …

Daniela Perdomo / Industrial Felt:
Analysis of Crunchbase data of 21K funding rounds for 13K US startups shows women leading “non-female-focused” startups raise 54% less VC than their fair share  —  I've raised four rounds of venture capital.  Each time, I feel a little part of me dies so goTenna might succeed.

Sources: the US has told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally  —  NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States has told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally …

People who buy and set up a used Nest Cam Indoor that was paired with a Wink hub may be allowing previous owners unfettered access to images from the camera  —  We've explained before that when you're selling or giving away your old smart-home devices, it's critical to do a factory reset …

Terry Spencer / Associated Press:
A Florida city council votes to pay $600K ransom to hackers who, over three weeks ago, encrypted city records, disabled its email system, and more  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system …

Jim Salter / Ars Technica:
Oracle publishes out-of-band update to patch a zero-day code-execution vulnerability in WebLogic Server that is being actively exploited, per researchers  —  Oracle's WebLogic Java appserver hit with the third in a series of exploited RCEs.  —  Oracle on Tuesday published an out-of-band update patching …

Sarah Emerson / VICE:
Some Twitter users receiving notifications whenever someone unfollows them, falsely saying the user “followed them back”; Twitter says it's working on a bug fix  —  Twitter is telling people when someone has unfollowed them.  —  For several days, untold numbers of Twitter users …

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Valtix, which develops a suite of enterprise cloud security products, raises $14M Series A from Trinity Ventures and others  —  There's no two ways about it: The state of cloud services security is alarming.  About 24% of organizations have hosts missing high-severity patches in the public cloud …

Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Sources: Ajit Pai's office has withheld documents from Democratic FCC commissioners on the FCC's probe into the unauthorized sale of US cellphone location data  —  Democratic commissioners at the FCC are still in the dark when it comes the agency's ongoing investigation into the unauthorized sale …

James Fallows / The Atlantic:
Fresno-based Bitwise Industries, which offers training for developers, raises $27M Series A led by Kapor Capital  —  Four years ago, my wife, Deb, and I wrote about an ambitious and unusual tech startup called Bitwise Industries, in the gritty and long-struggling city of Fresno in California's Central Valley.

Sky News:
Sources: the UK government will announce on Thursday that an upcoming age verification requirement for porn websites will be indefinitely delayed  —  There were fears of porn users' identities and browsing habits being tracked, creating possible blackmail and online surveillance.  —  Created with Sketch.

Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Researchers find that an ad agency left a database open with 150K+ personal records, including names and email and home addresses, from user-filled forms  —  Florida ad agency leaks the keys to its entire kingdom, including invoices, campaign metrics, and all collected data.

Pete Schroeder / Reuters:
Senate panel says it will hold a hearing on Facebook's Libra on July 16; source: David Marcus, who leads Facebook's blockchain efforts, is expected to testify  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee will discuss Facebook's proposed cryptocurrency at a July 16 hearing, the panel announced Wednesday.

I should write a howto to explain editing subscription lists in LO2. I wrote one for the OPML Editor in 2008. It still runs btw, I use it, sometimes even to edit subscription lists. Two key bits for LO2: 1. You can make outlines public. Look in the File menu. 2. And you can edit the attributes of a headline, click the suitcase icon in the left margin.

I'm glad to see a few #indieweb people building on OPML. There's a lot you can do with it. For example, the native file format of LO2 is OPML. So it's really good for editing subscription lists for feed readers. And editing blogrolls. My listicle tool takes OPML files as input. And River6, coming soon, does a bunch with OPML. There's also feedBase which will blow your mind if you love sharing subscription lists. Yes there's a lot to discover in OPML-land and more on the way. 💥

AOC: "'Never again' means something." She is what we want politicians to be. Not calculating about how to get re-elected, rather guiding our country and preserving our values. Being smart. Not being scared to say what's obvious.

Tomorrow is the NBA Draft and the deals are flying. It should be amazing. After yet another Knickless playoff season, it's interesting to see them back in the conversation somewhat. There were a lot of stupid dreams about the Knicks buying a contending team with their cap space. That's off the table because even Kawhi couldn't turn this team into a contender. The Knicks are in a rebuild, have been for many seasons, and no amount of dealing is going to make them a contender. Even the 76ers and Celtics who played it smart aren't contending yet. But at least they give their fans something to root for. The Celtics should be glad to be rid of Kyrie. Last year's team was much more interesting. Re-sign Horford and trade Hayward for draft picks. The most intriguing idea I heard for the Knicks is to pick up Chris Paul on waivers (haha not going to happen) or take on his awful 3-year deal, and get them to throw in Capela, say. In return they get a few mediocre young players that didn't work out (pretty much anyone on the current roster). And then what the hell, sign Melo and let him play out his career in the Garden. It's not like anything else is going to happen here for the forseeable future. Sign Jeremy Lin (he can bring his new trophy) and D'Angelo Russell, and we might even make the postseason. It'll certainly be entertaining basketball. 🏀

The best movie ever, one that I always forget to put on my list, is Groundhog Day. So entertaining, well-done, a love story, a story of redemption, a prequel for Bill Murray's long career, and a wonderful Frank Capra-like ending. A perfect movie.

I posted this on Facebook last year on this day. It's a zinger.

I love smoothies. Frozen berries, a half a banana and a tiny bit of yogurt, cover with tap water. Zap in a blender. Voila, deliciousness, a cool summer drink, a happy tummy.

There is an dimension other than electability and policy for a Democratic presidential candidate -- will the candidate further division in the country, or help bring the country together.

Trump isn't really a presidential candidate and he certainly isn't a president, not as far as the job is designed by the Constitution. Which the begs the question, what exactly is he?

This is what he is: A TV star.

Specifically a comedian.

Styled after Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers and Don Rickles. I swear sometimes when I hear Trump talk, something I try to avoid at all costs, I swear I can hear Joan Rivers in there.

There must be some rude comedians out there who wouldn't mind making a spectacle of Trump hate. And of course hatred for the wimps that vote for him.

Now we don't know if his rallies are still a thing. He's doing one tonight in Orlando. Maybe it'll be a bust. He doesn't really have a new schtick you know. And he wasn't that funny in 2016.

If he's a dud in his rally, or if he has to amp up the hate to scary levels to get a rise then he's jumped the shark.

But still it wouldn't hurt to put some Trump hate on a stage. Nothing held in reserve. Really vent. We all need to stop being so polite when it comes to Trump. Attack the things he cares about. His net worth. Masculinity. Intelligence.

But the key thing here is the people doing the insults are comedians, not would-be presidents. That's the key. Make Trump all about entertainment by attacking him with entertainment.

PS: This started as a thread on Twitter.

Trump isn't really a presidential candidate and he certainly isn't a president, not as far as the job is specified by the Constitution. Which the begs the question, what exactly is he?

Facebook announced their cryptocurrency, called Libra. Here's a list of their partners. I suspect government regulators will say it's okay just not with Facebook leading. Also note there are no publishing organizations on the partner list.

A preview of another River6 feature. I reworked the feedViewer page. Here's an example, the single-feed view for Berkeleyside, the excellent local news site for Berkeley, where I lived a few years ago. It was founded by my longtime friend Lance Knobel. Since River6 is a river, there's less attention paid to the per-feed viewer, but this time I did a thorough rewrite of it, and added a huge optimization. It no longer has to call back to the server to get the JSON version of the feed, it's baked into the page as the server renders it. One more example, the single-feed view for Scripting News.