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May 31, 2020, 10:35 PM

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
A look at recent statements by tech companies, including Amazon, T-Mobile, Microsoft, and others, regarding racism in America  —  Comments Share 70 Tweet Share Reddit Email  —  Seattle tech giants Amazon and Microsoft issued statements this weekend in response to the outrage and protests …
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.
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 …
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
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.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says it is delaying the Android 11 beta release and virtual launch event that was scheduled for June 3, but the final release is still on track for Q3  —  Google this evening announced that it's delaying next week's Android 11: The Beta Launch Show.  The company on Twitter says …
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 …

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