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June 10, 2020, 2:55 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google releases Android 11 Beta 1 for Pixel phones, with updates to messaging notifications, ability for message threads to pop out in bubbles, and more  —  The Android 11 beta is available now for Pixel phones  —  Today, Google is releasing the Android 11 beta for Pixel phones.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Just Eat Takeaway is nearing an all-stock deal to acquire Grubhub that could be finalized as early as Wednesday, after Uber-Grubhub talks stalled  —  Uber's board is planning to meet Wednesday and may officially pull the plug on Grubhub talks then  —  Grubhub Inc. GRUB -.50% …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple says in a memo that its main campus will re-open on June 15 for select employees, with most waiting several months at least before going back  —  Apple Inc. told staff at its main Silicon Valley headquarters that the first phase of a plan to return to the office will begin on June 15 …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Sources detail Facebook's extraordinary efforts to help the FBI track down a repeat child predator, paying a cybersecurity firm six figures for a Tails zero-day  —  For years, a California man systematically harassed and terrorized young girls using chat apps, email, and Facebook.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Reddit names Y Combinator CEO and Justin.tv founder Michael Seibel as Alexis Ohanian's replacement  —  Ohanian stepped down last week, asking the board to replace him with a black candidate  —  Reddit has named Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel to its board of directors.
Sarah Emerson / OneZero :
Facebook acknowledges banning hundreds of anti-racist skinheads for allegedly violating its community standards, apparently conflating them with neo-Nazi groups  —  ‘They wanted to see my ID before they would give me my account back’  —  Hundreds of anti-racist skinheads are reporting …
Isobel Asher Hamilton / Business Insider:
Following its apparent exit from the facial recognition business, experts say IBM only ruling out “general purpose” development could act as a loophole  —  Foto: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images A man holds a leaflet during a protest against the use of police facial recognition in Wales.
Bradley Chambers / 9to5Mac:
Apple says it will discontinue iBooks Author, which will no longer be updated, in July 2020 and iTunes U, its educational resources portal, at the end of 2021  —  I have previously written about my frustration With iBooks Author and iTunes U, and Apple has now announced both of these products …
New York Times:
Many top Chinese-educated AI researchers work at US companies, which could lose their edge as Trump moves to limit Chinese access to advanced American research  —  New research shows scientists educated in China help American firms and schools dominate the cutting-edge field.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Intel details its 3D-stacked Lakefield chips, designed for ultraportable, foldable, and dual-screen devices, in a bid to compete with ARM and Qualcomm  —  Intel is ready to take on ARM and Qualcomm  —  Intel's 3D-stacked Lakefield processors are finally getting an official debut after months of previews …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Interactive storytelling app Whatifi launches on iOS with $10M led by a16z and participation of former Netflix CFO David Wells, Max Levchin, and others  —  Andreessen Horowitz and former Netflix CFO David Wells are among the startup's investors.  —  Jaanus Juss has been staging interactive plays …
Tom Krazit / Protocol:
Profile of Bret Arsenault, Microsoft's CISO, who is working on an ambitious project to make its 150K+ employees ditch their passwords by early next year  —  Bret Arsenault doesn't like cheese.  —  But for Microsoft's chief information security officer, a distaste for dairy produce isn't born …
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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
New Intel chip flaws disclosed: one can leak secure enclave data and another allows cross core info leakage; both have patches that partially fix the issues  —  Intel's speculative execution flaws go deeper and are harder to fix than we thought.  —  For the past two years, modern CPUs …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple's rumored shift to its own CPUs for Mac may parallel the 2005 transition to Intel and brings up similar questions of emulation, developer transition kits  —  Mark Gurman: … I'm not sure what the hedging is about there, other than the fact that anything reported about anyone's future plans could, in theory, change.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Two Texas men face a $225M FCC fine and a lawsuit from multiple AGs after making billions of robocalls over two years; calls targeted Do Not Call registry  —  Two men embodying the zenith of human villainy have admitted to making approximately a billion robocalls in the first few months of 2019 alone …
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Facebook says it is lifting its blanket ban on ads for face masks, introduced in the early weeks of the pandemic; ads for medical face masks will remain banned  —  London (CNN Business)Facebook announced Wednesday that it will lift the blanket ban on advertisements for face masks …
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Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Twitter and Square say they are adding a permanent company holiday on June 19, or Juneteenth, a key date celebrating African-American emancipation from slavery  —  - Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square CEO, tweeted on Tuesday that both companies will honor Juneteenth as a company holiday …

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