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YouTube rolls its music subscription services into 12 more markets

YouTube has rolled out its music streaming service to a bunch more international markets, adding 12 new countries today, and also launching the premium music video version of the service across the full 17 markets. In February CEO  YouTube  chief executive Susan Wojcicki discussed the company’s ambitious expansion plans for the service, saying it was intending to expand to as many as 100 countries. The first markets for YouTube Music were the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea. The additional markets being added today are: Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. YouTube launched the streamlining revamp of its subscription service offerings in May , routing a streaming music service, called YouTube Music, in pay monthly and ad-supported flavors (the latter with pared back features), to replace Google Play Music; and also announcing YouTube Premium (formerly called YouTube Red) — for music with video streaming. It also announced new apps and web player in tandem with the service restructuring — which includes features such as dynamic custom recommendations; expansive search options (search by lyrics or generic description); and “thousands” of playlists across genre, mood and activity. The audio only YouTube Music offering — which in the US is priced at $9.99 monthly (or $14.99 for a family plan) — is intended to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music. While YouTube Premium includes a full video service, albeit for $2 more ($11.99) per month than the YouTube Red service it replaced. (Or $17.99 per month for a Family Plan.) Though it’s currently running a promotion offering the premium service free for the first three months. As well as offering ad-free music streaming, YouTube Premium includes background listening/playing and downloads across all the platform. Members also get access to all  YouTube Originals  shows and movies. The company says current members of YouTube Red and Google Play Music members (including family plans) in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico will automatically receive access to YouTube Premium at their current price.

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Kaspersky pulls plug on Europol joint venture after EU parliament vote to ban its software

Fresh political woes for Russian security firm Kaspersky, which has reacted angrily to a vote in the European Union Parliament last week to ban its software — on the grounds that it has been “ confirmed as malicious “. Kaspersky denies this characterization of its software, saying it’s “untrue”. It has also retaliated by pulling the plug on an existing collaboration with Europol, at least temporarily. In a statement, a company spokesperson said:  Today, the European Parliament voted on a report in which Polish representative, MEP Fotyga included an amendment referencing Kaspersky Lab which is based on untrue statements. Although this report has no legislative power it demonstrates a distinct lack of respect for the company which has been a firm friend of Europe in the fight against cybercrime. It is for that reason that Kaspersky Lab has taken the difficult decision to temporarily halt our numerous collaborative European cybercrime-fighting initiatives, including that with Europol, until we receive further official clarifications from the European Parliament . On account of this news, we will regretfully have to pause one of our successful joint initiatives  –  NoMoreRansom   project – recognised by the European Parliament Research Services as a successful case of public-private cooperation in their recent report – helped many organisations and users to decrypt files on their devices, saving them from financial losses. We hope to be able to resume this and other European collaborative efforts soon. Founder Eugene Kaspersky added that the company has been “forced to freeze” its co-operation as a result of the parliament’s vote. The way we conducted public-private partnership is unfortunately ceased until the withdraw of the European Parliament decision. — Eugene Kaspersky (@e_kaspersky) June 13, 2018 “This decision from the European Parliament welcomes cybercrime in Europe. I do not wish to do anything to further encourage the balkanization of the internet, but I feel that the decision taken in Europe leaves me with no choice but to take definitive action. Kaspersky Lab has only ever tried to rid the world of cybercrime. We have showed time and again that we disclose cyber threats regardless of origin and author, even to our own detriment.

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Democrats introduce an election security bill that proposes paper trails and mandatory audits

As primaries ramp up in states across the U.S., concerns about election cybersecurity are mounting too. This week, a group of Democratic senators introduced a bill to mitigate some of the well-established risks that the nation’s uneven mix of voting machines and election systems poses. The new bill, known as the Protecting American Votes and Elections Act , proposes two significant measures. First, because not all digital voting systems produce a paper trail, it would require all state and local elections to ensure that their equipment produces voter-verified paper ballots that can be cross-referenced. Second, for all federal elections regardless of outcome, state and local governments would be required to conduct audits comparing digital ballots to a random selection of paper ballots. The latter policy would cover the 22 states that currently don’t require audits following elections. “Leaving the fate of America’s democracy up to hackable election machines is like leaving your front door open, unlocked and putting up a sign that says ‘out of town.’ It’s not a question of if bad guys get in, it’s just a question of when,” Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said in a statement accompanying the bill. Voting integrity is one of Wyden’s pet issues and the senator has pressed for his home state of Oregon’s vote-by-mail system to be adopted nationally. Wyden is joined by Democratic Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Ed Markey, Jeff Merkley, Patty Murray and Elizabeth Warren on the legislation. Congressman Earl Blumenauer plans to introduce a corresponding bill in the house. “We know that Russia hacked into American voter systems to influence our election – and we know they’ll try to do it again,” Sen. Warren said. “Our national security experts have warned us that the country’s election infrastructure is vulnerable – this bill will take important steps to help secure it.” While the bill isn’t a bipartisan proposal — yet, anyway — these same measures are widely supported by election security experts as well as the Department of Homeland Security and a Senate Intelligence Committee report  offering recommendations for securing the vote from earlier this year. The full text of the bill is embedded below. View this document on Scribd

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USB Type-C has become a mess of compatibility issues, conflicting proprietary standards, and lacks sufficient consumer information to guide purchasing…

Robert Triggs / Android Authority : USB Type-C has become a mess of compatibility issues, conflicting proprietary standards, and lacks sufficient consumer information to guide purchasing decisions   —  6.6K  —  USB Type-C was billed as the solution for all our future cable needs, unifying power and data delivery with display …

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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 (Josh…

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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Snap announces ads for its Snappables AR games, two months after launching the social AR feature; first ads will go live on Thursday (Anna…

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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The Fitbit Ace, a fitness tracker designed for kids, is now available for $100, with motion, step, and sleep trackers, activity reminders, and…

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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Industrial systems cybersecurity company Claroty raises $60M Series B led by Singapore’s Temasek, bringing total investment to $93M (Zaid…

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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US Treasury sanctions three Russian individuals and five firms, saying they helped Russia conduct cyberattacks, including NotPetya, against US and its…

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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