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June 4, 2019, 10:30 PM

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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 …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Apple shows it's finally ready to move past the iPhone after unveiling iPadOS, the watchOS App Store, new privacy features, and the end of iTunes at WWDC  —  It is the nature of hardware that a computer the vast majority of Apple's customers will never own was the headline from the company's keynote …
Josh Hendrickson / How-To Geek:
iOS 13 has an option to optimize long-term battery life by “reducing the time it's fully charged”, charging to 80% until it thinks the remaining 20% is needed  —  Lithium-ion batteries, like those in iPhones, have a longer usable life if you don't charge above 80%.
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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.
Samuel Axon / Ars Technica:
Apple says users of iTunes on Windows will not see any immediate changes, despite the app being shuttered on Mac  —  Plus, 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos over HDMI.  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—After much speculation and fanfare in the press, Apple confirmed today that it will sunset iTunes in the next version …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Apple's Dashboard has reportedly been removed from macOS Catalina; the feature has been disabled by default since OS X 10.10 Yosemite  —  Goodbye widgets, you were always sort of useful  —  Apple's Dashboard is getting quietly removed from the company's upcoming macOS Catalina update …
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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.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube bans kids from live-streaming video unless accompanied by an adult following NYT report about YouTube's recommendation algorithm for posted videos  —  NY Digital Editor @https://twitter.com/xpangler FOLLOW  —  YouTube is taking additional steps to restrict the possibility that children …
Max Read / New York Magazine:
The Daily Beast confirmed the identity of the uploader of the distorted Pelosi video via a source at Facebook, who apparently accessed private user activity  —  What mastermind created the infamous, slowed-down video of Nancy Pelosi — the one intended to make her sound drunk that went viral across right-wing media two weeks ago?
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Bird will start testing the Bird Cruiser, a two-seater electric bike with an LCD display that can show route progress and other trip details, this summer  —  Bird, the Santa Monica, California-based mobility startup that in May unveiled Bird One, a $1,299 e-scooter architected with …
Ashley Gold / The Information:
As regulators ramp up antitrust scrutiny of Google, the company's global policy team is still adapting to a sweeping reorganization, with key roles unfilled  —  As regulators ramp up their antitrust scrutiny of Google, the tech giant's global policy team is still adapting …
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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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