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June 1, 2020, 11:40 AM

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
A look at recent statements by tech companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, and Salesforce, regarding racism in America after George Floyd's death  —  Comments Share 70 Tweet Share Reddit Email  —  Seattle tech giants Amazon and Microsoft issued statements this weekend in response …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Tim Cook, in a memo to staff addressing racism in US, says Apple will give to non-profits like Equal Justice Initiative, match staff donations 2-to-1 in June  —  - Tim Cook writes letter to employees after George Floyd killing  — Apple donating to equal justice, human rights groups, CEO says
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 …
Sam Shead / CNBC:
As some Facebook employees publicly express anger, Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook is committing $10M to groups working on racial injustice  —  - At least six Facebook employees have condemned CEO Mark Zuckerberg's decision to leave up President Trump's post.
Bloomberg:
Zynga says it will buy Turkish mobile game developer Peak for $1.8B, its biggest acquisition yet; the deal is $900M in cash and $900M in Zynga stock  —  - Turkish company known for its Toy Blast and Toon Blast Games  — Deal will boost Zynga's margins, revenue and users: CEO
Michael Pelly / Australian Financial Review:
Australian appeals court rules that media companies can be held responsible for defamatory comments posted under stories on their Facebook Pages  —  Australia's leading media outlets are considering an appeal to the High Court after a ruling that publishers can be sued for comments on their Facebook pages.
Matthew Hutson / Science:
Researchers: new algorithms aimed at making neural networks more efficient perform as well as old algorithms, suggesting little improvement over 10-year period  —  Artificial intelligence (AI) just seems to get smarter and smarter.  Each iPhone learns your face, voice, and habits better than the last …
Noah Kirsch / Forbes:
StubHub's co-founder Eric Baker bought back the company for $4B just days before the pandemic brought the live events business to a halt  —  Fifteen years after Eric Baker was fired from StubHub, the ticketing giant he cofounded, he bought it back for $4 billion—weeks before coronavirus utterly wrecked the business.

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