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June 4, 2019, 1:35 PM

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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Apple debuts Sign In with Apple service, which masks info like email addresses, for iOS and non-iOS apps and web; mandatory for iOS apps using 3rd-party logins  —  Apple's new third-party login system will focus on user privacy, preventing user tracking.  Tim Cook tells CBS News the move …
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Apple reverses policy on parental control apps, letting them use MDM and VPN technologies if they don't sell, use, or disclose any data to third parties  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Over the past year, Apple purged iPhone apps that helped people limit the amount of time they and their children spent …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
iOS 13 will let users automatically send unknown or spam callers to voicemail, using “Siri intelligence” to recognize numbers from Contacts, Mail, and Messages  —  Calls from unknown numbers will be automatically sent to voicemail  —  Apple is taking a new step to combat spam calls in iOS 13.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Washington Post:
House lawmakers announce a sweeping antitrust investigation of big tech that will touch Facebook, Google, and others, with potential CEO testimony, depositions  —  House Democrats plan a sweeping review of Facebook, Google and other technology giants to determine if they've become so large …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Firefox starts blocking third-party cookies by default and brings its Lockbox password manager to the desktop, rebranding it as Lockwise  —  Mozilla today announced a slew of privacy improvements.  The company has turned on Enhanced Tracking Protection, which blocks cookies from third-party trackers in Firefox, by default.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
SEC is suing Kik for allegedly running an unregistered securities sale when it launched an ICO for its kin token in 2017  —  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is suing Kik for allegedly running an unregistered securities sale when it launched an initial coin offering (ICO) for its kin token in 2017.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Apple breaks up iTunes, creates separate Podcasts, TV, and Music apps for macOS  —  Three dedicated apps  —  The iTunes era is over.  During its annual developers conference today, Apple announced that it's breaking iTunes up into three separate macOS apps: Podcasts, TV, and Music.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Eustance Huang / CNBC:
Report: SoftBank is facing challenges in raising $100B for Vision Fund II after facing a lukewarm response from some of the world's largest investors  —  KEY POINTS  — In a bid to raise $100 billion for its next fund, Japanese conglomerate SoftBank has faced a lukewarm reception …
The Verge:
First look at the Mac Pro with its shiny stainless steel build, feet on the bottom that can be replaced with wheels, easily-accessible parts via a handle twist  —  It's still just a rectangle, but that's great  —  We just had a chance to look at the Mac Pro in a soothing hands-on area …
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple reveals iPadOS with new home screen widgets, an improved Files app with a column view and USB support, multiple windows for the same app, and new gestures  —  Another step toward laptop-like tasks  —  “We have some big changes coming to iPad,” says Craig Federighi, Apple's software chief.
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