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June 11, 2020, 12:00 PM

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Ari Levy / CNBC:
Amazon says it will ban police from using Rekognition for one year, as Congress “appears ready” to place stronger regulations on facial recognition tech  —  - Amazon said on Wednesday that it's putting in place a one-year moratorium on police use of Rekognition.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Researcher Jane Wong: Twitter is testing new tweet reactions that would let users respond with an emoji or using Fleets, its version of Stories  —  A way to quickly respond beyond a ‘like’  —  Twitter is developing a new feature that would let users react to tweets with emoji, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.
Bloomberg:
Just Eat Takeaway confirms it is acquiring Grubhub in an all-stock deal; the deal has an equity value of $7.3B  —  - Deal creates one of world's largest food-delivery companies  — Dutch company offered to pay $75.15 per share for Grubhub  —  Europe's Just Eat Takeaway.com NV agreed …
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
US-based Chinese activists say Zoom closed their paid account after event commemorating Tiananmen; Zoom says it was complying with local law, has reactivated it  —  The U.S. video-conferencing company Zoom closed the account of a group of prominent U.S.-based Chinese activists after they held …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Apple pulls podcast apps Pocket Casts and Castro from the App Store in China after the government determined they can be used to access “illegal” content  —  Pocket Casts and Castro are gone from China's App Store  —  Apple has removed Pocket Casts, the popular iOS and Android podcast client, from the App Store in China.
Cyrus Farivar / NBC News:
California regulatory agency for transportation formally rules that it considers Uber and Lyft drivers as employees of those companies under AB5 state law  —  OAKLAND, Calif. —The California Public Utilities Commission, the state government body responsible for licensing and regulating …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Postman, which helps developers build, test, and iterate their APIs, raises $150M Series C led by Insight Partners at a $2B valuation  —  Postman, a collaborative platform where developers can build, test, and iterate their application programming interfaces (APIs), has raised $150 million …
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Apple becomes the first company to reach a market cap of $1.5T+  —  AAPL shares have crossed another major milestone with the market cap hitting over $1.5 trillion during trading today.  The growth makes it the first US company to reach the achievement.  —  Just last week we saw AAPL pushing closer …
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 …

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