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June 22, 2018, 12:30 AM

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Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
SCOTUS rules that states have broad authority to force online retailers to collect sales taxes  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - States have broad authority to force online retailers to collect potentially billions of dollars worth of sales taxes, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday …
Neal Mohan / YouTube Blog:
YouTube announces $4.99/mo Channel Memberships for eligible channels with 100K+ subscribers, Teespring merchandising, and Premieres to debut pre-recorded videos  —  I just stepped off the stage at VidCon, a conference created from scratch by Hank and John Green in 2010 that brings together fans …
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich to step down following an investigation into a consensual relationship with an Intel employee; Bob Swan to step in as interim CEO  —  Intel's Brian Krzanich is out as CEO and chairman of the board following an investigation into a “consensual relationship with an Intel employee,” the company announced Thursday.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter has made a somewhat miraculous comeback in the past two years, with rising revenue and MAUs, due to luck and a focus on news and premium video  —  A bird emerges from the ashes.  —  Two years ago, people were writing eulogies for Twitter.  —  Rudderless and without product direction …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter acquires San Francisco-based Smyte, which offers tools to protect user accounts and stop online abuse, harassment, and spam  —  Twitter this morning announced it has agreed to buy San Francisco-based technology company Smyte, which describes itself as “trust and safety as a service.”
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Sources: influential Google engineers refusing to work on an “air gap”, needed for military contracts, led to wider resistance to military contracts at Google  —  Earlier this year, a group of influential software engineers in Google's cloud division surprised their superiors …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is facing technical hurdles making the AirPower wireless charger, which runs a stripped-down version of iOS, but aims to launch it by September  —  - Engineers hoped for June launch; company aims for September  — Several new Apple products have been delayed in recent years
Felix Gillette / Bloomberg:
Interviews with Nintendo executives and game creators as the company is about to turn 130, buoyed by the success of the Switch  —  With the Switch, the 130-year-old gaming giant has once again turned reports of its demise into Nintendo Mania.  —  For anyone who's ever marveled at Nintendo's vivid …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
PayPal to buy Simility, a specialist in AI-based fraud and risk management, for $120M in cash; Simility had raised about $25M and was last valued at $52.75M  —  Payment provider PayPal continues apace with its acquisitions streak to bring more modern tools into its platform to serve its 237 million customers.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
IGTV has not yet explained how creators will be paid, but likely options include mid-roll or pre-roll ads with revenue splits, or paying creators outright  —  Instagram doesn't have a business for IGTV, but it'll need to make money quickly.  —  Instagram wants to be TV for young people.

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