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May 21, 2020, 12:05 AM

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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Twitter is testing a feature that lets a tweet's author limit who can reply, giving the options of Everyone, People You Follow, and Only People You Mention  —  Twitter today acknowledged that it's begun testing a new setting that let users limit who can reply to tweets.
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Joe Rogan's Spotify deal will likely be worth $100M+; his full 11-year library will hit Spotify Sept. 1 and be exclusive to Spotify before year's end  —  His full library, dating back 11 years, is to hit the service Sept. 1, and become exclusive to Spotify after that, before the end of the year
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Apple releases iOS 13.5, which includes improved Face ID recognition for users wearing masks, iPadOS 13.5, and tvOS 13.4.5, to the general public  —  Following an unusual beta testing cycle that began in late March and continued with renumberings in late April, Apple is today releasing …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Samsung unveils the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition with custom features for terrain navigation and data encryption, made for rugged use cases like law enforcement  —  The move highlights how Samsung is pushing its devices into more industry use cases.  —  Samsung is continuing its push …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
A National Advertising Review Board panel recommended that AT&T drop its “5G Evolution” branding; AT&T says it will retain the branding within their phones' UI  —  The company claims it will comply after 5G E logo is deemed misleading  —  AT&T's actual 5G network …
Brian Armstrong / The Coinbase Blog:
Coinbase says that post-COVID-19 it will be a “remote-first” company, offering the option to work in an office or remotely for the “vast majority” of roles  —  I sent the note below to employees earlier today.  I'm sharing it publicly here in case others find it helpful.
Mark Hachman / PCWorld:
Intel says it's acquiring Rivet Networks, makers of the Killer range of networking products, and will integrate it into its Wireless Solutions Group  —  Intel said Wednesday that it has acquired Rivet Networks, and will integrate the company's Killer Networking line of Wi-Fi networking products into its own wireless portfolio.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Apple and Google launch the Exposure Notification API to the public in updates to iOS and Android; at least three US states are working on apps that use it  —  The companies have rolled out support for the framework in Android and iOS updates  —  On Wednesday, Apple and Google rolled …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Google Cloud says it's made a deal with the DoD's Defense Innovation Unit, which will use Google Cloud's Anthos for its multi-cloud management solution  —  Google dropped out of the Pentagon's JEDI cloud contract battle fairly early in the game, citing it was in conflict with its “AI principals.”
Bloomberg:
Sources: TikTok has recently traded at valuations of between $105B and $110B on private markets and, one source says, even as high as $140B  —  - Private trades valued it from $105 billion to $140 billion  — ByteDance seeks to build out its U.S. business before an IPO
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Shopify unveils business debit card Shopify Balance and flexible payments option Shop Pay Installments, opens its AI-powered fulfillment network to US merchants  —  Shopify today announced a slew of finance, shipping, and retail updates for its direct-to-consumer commerce platform.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Kuo says Apple may not include wired EarPods in iPhone 12 box to boost AirPods sales, and raises AirPods sales estimates for 2020 from 80M to 93M units  —  According to the latest report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple may not include the wired EarPods headphones in the box of the iPhone 12.
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Review of Intel Comet Lake Core i9-10900K, i7-10700K, i5-10600K CPUs: an iterative update pushing performance to new heights at the expense of power efficiency  —  The first thing that comes to mind with Intel's newest line of 10th Generation desktop processors is one of ‘14nm Skylake, again?’.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NYT's proprietary ads platform plan has been misread as protecting user data more than Facebook and Google do, yet NYT will still sell targeted ads using data  —  One of the most frustrating aspects of discussing the internet, business models, and privacy is how many otherwise intelligent people continue …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Scribd announces Scribd Perks, which gives paying subscribers access to additional audio and video streaming services like Pandora Plus at no extra charge  —  E-book and audiobook subscrition service Scribd has been actively embracing and experimenting with bundling over the past couple years …
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