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June 6, 2019, 2:00 PM

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Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Google to buy data analytics startup Looker for $2.6B in cash, Google Cloud's first major acquisition under new CEO Thomas Kurian  —  KEY POINTS  — The acquisition of Looker is the first major acquisition under former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian  —  Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Google Stadia details: pre-order now, coming in Nov. with $130 Founder's Edition, subscription costs $10/month not including extra games, and free tier in 2020  —  Today, Google has revealed the key details that were conspicuously missing from its March announcement of the new Stadia game streaming service.
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
YouTube suspends monetization of Steven Crowder's channel after continued review finds “pattern of egregious actions” that are against Partner Program policies  —  Right-wing performer gay-bashed a Vox reporter for years.  They initially declined to do anything, then ‘demonetized’ him …
YouTube Blog:
YouTube says it will “remove content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place”  —  Over the past few years, we've been investing in the policies, resources and products needed to live up to our responsibility …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Shivani Vora / New York Times:
Uber debuts Uber Copter, a helicopter service starting July 9 in New York, to ferry customers between Lower Manhattan and JFK for $200-$225 per person  —  For an 8-minute, one-way flight, the average ride will cost between $200 and $225 per person and include private ground transportation on both ends of the trip.
Steven Zheng / The Block:
Report: Facebook to create an independent foundation to manage its cryptocurrency, will charge members a $10M licensing fee for the right to operate a node  —  Facebook is creating an independent foundation to govern its cryptocurrency, according to a report by The Information.
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
Microsoft has pulled its facial recognition database, MS Celeb, which contained 10M+ images of ~100K individuals scraped under the Creative Commons license  —  Microsoft has quietly pulled from the internet its database of 10m faces, which has been used to train facial recognition systems around the world …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
FCC votes unanimously to let carriers block robocalls by default and advances proposed rule for carriers to adopt SHAKEN/STIR caller ID system  —  The FCC voted to give cell providers explicit permission to do stop the madness  —  The FCC voted unanimously today to allow carriers …
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
How groups of teens use AirDrop to share memes, and bombard unsuspecting adults who have AirDrop on, in an attempt to crash their phones  —  Veronica Belmont, a product manager at Adobe Spark, was riding the train down to Silicon Valley, doing some work on her phone, when dozens of teenagers plopped down into the seats around her.
TechCrunch:
Sources: Bird in talks to acquire scooter startup Scoot, which was last valued at ~$71M; Scoot would be Bird's first full acquisition  —  If you are among those who thought that the scooter market sounded a little overhyped and overcrowded, we've gotten wind of a deal that could point to some impending consolidation.

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