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June 4, 2020, 1:05 PM

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Tim Cook / Apple:
Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:
Activists say Microsoft, Amazon, and IBM, who all expressed solidarity with protestors, should reassess their work with police forces; none have said they will  —  Over the past week, tech giants including Microsoft, Amazon and IBM have expressed solidarity with protesters who have taken to the streets to oppose police brutality.
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Sidney Fussell / Wired:
Moxie Marlinspike / Signal Blog:
Messaging app Signal adds face blurring tool on iOS and Android to help hide protesters' identities  —  Right now, people around the world are marching and protesting against racism and police brutality, outraged by the most recent police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
Jared Newman / Fast Company:
Police scanner app Citizen has become an instant hit during the protests but its social networking layer could be adding to a climate of fear and divisiveness  —  The George Floyd demonstrations have made the police scanner app into an overnight hit.  But it's unclear whether the app is helping people stay safe or stoking their fears.
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Rani Molla / Vox:
Joshua Franklin / Reuters:
Business intelligence service ZoomInfo prices its IPO at $21/share, above its upwardly revised range, which would raise $934.5M and value the company at $8B+  —  (Reuters) - ZoomInfo Technologies Inc ZI.O priced its initial public offering (IPO) at $21 per share, above its upwardly revised target range …
Reuters:
Sources: Amazon is in early-stage talks to buy a ~5% stake in Indian mobile operator Bharti Airtel, worth at least $2B  —  NEW DELHI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Amazon.com (AMZN.O) is in early-stage talks to buy a stake worth at least $2 billion in Indian mobile operator Bharti Airtel (BRTI.NS) …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
A proposed $5B class action suit filed Tuesday accuses Google of covertly collecting user browsing info in Incognito mode via Google Analytics and other tools  —  (Reuters) - Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook will start blocking state-controlled media outlets from buying ads in the US this summer and is rolling out labels for ads and posts from those outlets  —  Facebook said Thursday it will begin blocking state-controlled media outlets from buying advertising in the U.S. this summer.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Over 30 early Facebook employees, including its first comms chief, write an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg opposing his choice to leave Trump's posts unaltered  —  In an open letter, nearly three dozen called on the chief executive to take action on President Trump's messages.
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Kitty Hawk shuts down original Flyer program, shifts focus to developing Heaviside, a sleeker electric aircraft that can fly and land anywhere autonomously  —  Kitty Hawk is shutting down its Flyer program, the aviation startup's inaugural moonshot to develop an ultralight electric flying car designed for anyone to use.
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
iOS 13.5.5 beta code hints that Apple still plans to introduce a service bundle that includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, and more in a single subscription  —  Apple is rumored to introduce a service bundle that includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, and more in a single subscription. 9to5Mac …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google announces several personnel changes, including elevating Prabhakar Raghavan to run Search and Assistant, replacing Ben Gomes, who moves to Education  —  Jerry Dischler becomes the new head of Google Ads, Gomes takes over Google Education, while Google veteran Jen Fitzpatrick takes on engineering.

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