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May 29, 2020, 4:55 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.
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.
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” …
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Trump signs an EO designed to limit Section 230 protections by directing the Commerce Department to press the FCC to roll back portions of Section 230  —  President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday designed to limit the legal protections that shield social media companies …
Yael Halon / Fox News:
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Facing an advertising slump, Google rescinds offers to temporary and contract workers; sources say around 2,000 people are affected globally  —  The company made the cost-cutting move as it navigates a slump in advertising created by the pandemic.  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Google …
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft details its work with Google to improve spellcheck in Chrome and Edge, which now use Windows Spellcheck with better support for URLs, acronyms, more  —  Better support for URLs, acronyms, and more  —  Google and Microsoft have worked together to improve the spellcheck experience in Chrome and Edge.
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
Tile sends letter to European Commission arguing that recent changes in iOS hinder its product as Apple prepares to launch a competing tracker  —  European Commission told that rival Tile's product was unfairly disadvantaged  —  Apple has been accused of abusing its power to unfairly favour …
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook's NPE launches Venue, a “second screen” app where selected well-known personalities will provide commentary and engage with fans during live events  —  Facebook's R&D group, NPE Team, is launching a new app for engaging fellow fans around live events, Venue.
João Carrasqueira / Neowin:
Twitter now lets users schedule tweets in advance, up to 18 months, and gives users the option to save tweet drafts from its web app  —  A few weeks ago, it was reported that Twitter was testing the ability to let users schedule tweets to be published at a specific time.

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