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June 5, 2019, 2:10 AM

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Nick Statt / The Verge:
YouTube investigation finds that the flagged Steven Crowder videos, which include homophobic slurs aimed at Vox's Carlos Maza, do not violate its policies  —  The company sides with edgy commentator Steven Crowder  —  YouTube has at last formally responded to an explosive …
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.
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 …
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Jake Kanter / Business Insider:
At Facebook's annual shareholder meeting last week, 68% of outside shareholders voted in favor of ousting Mark Zuckerberg as chairman, up from 51% last year  —  - It's now clear that independent Facebook investors voted overwhelmingly in support of proposals last week to fire Mark Zuckerberg …
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 …
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 …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
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.
Dami Lee / The Verge:
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 …
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Instagram says it will now let advertisers promote creators' organic branded content posts as feed ads, extending the reach of influencers  —  KEY POINTS  — Instagram is rolling out a change that will let advertisers promote posts from “influencers,” or users who brands work with to promote their services or products.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Report: hidden adware in 238 Play Store apps with 440M+ installs by China-based CooTek made phones nearly unusable; apps now pulled or updated to remove adware  —  Carefully concealed plugin bombarded users with ads during inopportune times.  —  If the prevalence of abusive Google Play apps …
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?
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%.
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:

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