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July 1, 2019, 8:35 PM

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Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Tim Cook emails a reporter to say the WSJ report about Jony Ive's departure—and his frustration with Cook's alleged lack of interest in design—is “absurd”  —  In a rare, scathing statement sent exclusively to NBC News, Cook took issue with a report published Sunday night by The Wall Street Journal.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Report: Jony Ive was dispirited by Tim Cook's lack of interest in the product development process and frustrated inside a more operations-focused company  —  Shortly after Apple's announcement last week that Jony Ive was leaving the company, Bloomberg published a report that suggested …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Samsung launches Bixby Marketplace, where third-party developers can offer their own Bixby-compatible services, called capsules, in the US and South Korea  —  Samsung has launched its Bixby Marketplace, a dedicated app store where third-party developers can offer their own Bixby-compatible services, similar to Amazon's Alexa skills.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google open-sources its robots.txt parser and submits a proposal to IETF to make the Robots Exclusion Protocol an official standard  —  Google wants to turn the decades-old Robots Exclusion Protocol (REP) into an official internet standard — and it's making its own robots.txt parser open source as part of the push.
Caroline Haskins / VICE:
FOIA docs: Amazon worked with police in Aurora, Colorado to set up a package sting operation as part of a PR stunt for Ring, which resulted in no arrests  —  Emails and documents obtained by Motherboard via a public records request reveal how Amazon, Ring, and GPS company 7P Solutions helped set …
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
ICANN ignores community input and agrees to lift price caps on .org domain names, letting the Public Interest Registry charge as much as it wants for them  —  ICANN ignores community input and agrees to lift price restrictions on .org domains.  —  As many feared, the comment period was just a formality.
Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Microsoft says its next Windows 10 feature update, expected in September, will focus on performance improvements and quality enhancements  —  Microsoft has finally announced Windows 10 19H2, and it's just as we expected.  There's not much to see here, folks.
Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:
Ahead of Prime Day, HBO's Last Week Tonight does a segment on workers' conditions at warehouses; Amazon's SVP of operations tweets that the show is “insulting”  —  Working conditions in Amazon's fulfillment centers got a blistering critique at the hands of the HBO series “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” on Sunday.
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
China ordered suspension or termination of 26 audio-focused apps on Friday; Apple restricted access to podcasts not hosted by Chinese partners in June  —  Audio apps are flying high in China.  In 2018, online listeners in the country grew 22.1% to surpass 400 million, at a rate far exceeding …
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Kate Cox / Ars Technica:
Virginia becomes one of the first states in the US to impose criminal penalties for the distribution of non-consensual deepfake images and video  —  New text effective today adds “falsely created images” to state law.  —  As of today, Virginia is one of the first states in the country …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Epidemic Sound, a search engine for video producers looking to license music for soundtracks, raises $20M at a reported $370M valuation  —  The rise of streamed video has seen the market for licensing streamed music boom in the last few years, with not only consumers using video as a medium …

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