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May 31, 2020, 6:50 PM

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Mike Allen / Axios:
Sources: President Trump and Mark Zuckerberg had a phone conversation on Friday that was described by both sides as productive  —  In the week that President Trump took on social media, Axios has learned that he had a call Friday with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that was described by both sides as productive.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook won't remove Trump's post on Minnesota protests to “enable as much expression as possible”, says it doesn't violate its policies  —  “We should enable as much discussion as possible,” Zuckerberg says in a post  —  Facebook will not remove …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
YouTube says it will donate $1M to the Center for Policing Equity, a nonprofit think tank that works with police departments to change discriminatory practices  —  The nonprofit works with police departments to address discriminatory behavior  —  YouTube says it will donate $1 million …
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Apple paid a researcher $100K for reporting a flaw in “Sign in with Apple” in April that could have let attackers hijack any user's account on third-party apps  —  Apple recently paid Indian vulnerability researcher Bhavuk Jain a huge $100,000 bug bounty for reporting …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft lays off editorial staff at its News and MSN divisions, reportedly affecting around 50 US and 27 UK jobs, as it increases use of AI for news curation  —  Microsoft News and MSN is increasingly being run by robots  —  Microsoft is laying off dozens of journalists and editorial workers …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Markup:
Grubhub should be thriving during the pandemic; instead, delivery apps' unworkable business model, charging high fees to small restaurants, creates huge losses  —  The crisis is a stark reminder that food delivery tech companies may have an unworkable business model
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
London-based freight forwarding and supply chain finance startup Beacon raises $15M Series A with investors including 8VC and Jeff Bezos  —  The Amazon chief is taking a stake in Beacon, a digital freight-forwarding and supply chain finance firm, Sky News learns.  —  City editor @MarkKleinmanSky
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John Herman / New York Times:
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Amy Feldman / Forbes:
Benchling, which makes software for tracking and managing data from biotech research, raises $50M at a $850M valuation, bringing its total raised to $114M  —  Sajith Wickramasekara started working on an idea for a cloud-based Crispr design tool for scientists during college at MIT eight years ago.

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