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May 29, 2020, 8:00 PM

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Ina Fried / Axios:
Twitter determines two tweets about protesters from Trump and White House violate its rules on glorifying violence; users must click to see the labeled tweets  —  Twitter said Friday morning that a tweet from President Trump in which he threatened shooting in response to civil unrest in Minneapolis violated the company's rules.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Leaked posts show Facebook's decision not to remove Trump's threat of violence is roiling employees, some of whom are calling on execs to reconsider the stance  —  “If we fail the test case here, history will not judge us kindly”  —  Facebook's decision not to take action against recent posts …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Trump's war on social media is today's version of the fights between internet message board moderators and aggrieved trolls in the early 2000s  —  President Trump's taking aim at Twitter for fact-checking his tweets is part of a long tradition upheld by aggrieved internet trolls.  The stakes are high.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Sony says it is on track to launch PlayStation 5 this year and has begun manufacturing the console, announces a games-focused event on June 4  —  Latest PlayStation console expected to launch globally in the final quarter of 2020  —  Sony's PlayStation 5 is “on track” …
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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces Powerbeats Pro in four new colors: Spring Yellow, Cloud Pink, Lava Red, and Glacier Blue, available June 9 for $249  —  It's been one year since Beats debuted the awesome Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones (reviewed) with AirPods intelligence, and today the lineup is expanding with four new colors.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Amazon confirms Echo Look devices will stop working from July after pulling the Alexa-powered camera in Dec. 2019, offers discounts on Echo Show for Look users  —  Amazon this week discontinued the Echo Look after pulling the Alexa-powered camera from store shelves in December 2019, a spokesperson confirmed to VentureBeat via email.
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Uber announces an hourly booking feature that lets people book trips for up to seven hours at a time, for $50 an hour  —  The ride-hailing company is looking for ways to “move forward in this ‘new normal.’”  —  Uber is now letting passengers use its service on an hourly basis.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter and Reddit file an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging a State Department rule that visa applicants must disclose social media handles  —  Twitter and Reddit have filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging a U.S. government rule change compelling visa applicants …
NBC News:
Facebook says it banned anti-vaccination news site Natural News for using content farms from Macedonia and the Philippines, not for the content it posted  —  One of the largest publishers of coronavirus disinformation on Facebook has been banned from the platform for using content farms …

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