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June 1, 2020, 4:20 PM

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New York Times:
In a rare public protest at Facebook, dozens of employees stage a virtual walkout, pushing back on Zuckerberg's decision to let Trump's inflammatory posts stand  —  While Twitter started labeling some of the president's inflammatory posts, Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has said his company should leave them alone.
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.
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sony postpones a PlayStation 5 event scheduled for June 4 “to allow more important voices to be heard”, following similar moves by EA and Google amid protests  —  Sony's decision follows similar moves by EA and Google  —  Sony is postponing its PlayStation 5 event that was scheduled for June 4th due to ongoing protests.
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 …
TechCrunch:
Google adds a suite of Bedtime tools to Android, building on its Wind Down feature, to turn on Do Not Disturb and enable grayscale effect, for Pixels first  —  At Google's 2018 I/O developer conference, the company debuted a new suite of “digital well-being” aimed at helping Android users better manage their screen time.
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Hachette, Penguin Random House, Wiley, HarperCollins sue Internet Archive, saying its project to let users borrow ebooks scanned from books violates copyrights  —  Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette and Wiley accused the nonprofit of piracy for making over 1 million books free online.
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.
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
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Samsung launches Access, a new service for US users offering an S20 handset, Microsoft 365, 1TB OneDrive, and more, starting at $37/month  —  Samsung has now officially launched the extra-care Access program in the United States, which gives you added protection and benefits such as a Microsoft 365 subscription.

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