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June 10, 2020, 5:35 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 -1.74% …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Amid protests, a movement swells to update widely-used tech terms for hard drives, camera flashes, and databases, like whitelist/blacklist and master/slave  —  During Black Lives Matter protests, a movement grows to update terms used with hard drives, camera flashes and databases.
Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Black tech founders say VCs should move past diversity theater, addressing the lack of top-level black investors and investment in black-run startups  —  There's a dearth of black investors in venture capital's upper echelons and little investment in start-ups with black founders
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Jared Newman / Fast Company:
Roku is prominently promoting OAN Encore, an offshoot of OANN with the same news and commentary, on The Roku Channel, as Trump promotes conspiracies from OANN  —  One America News Network isn't just an app on Roku streaming devices.  It's receiving a huge platform as part of Roku's business model.

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