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June 14, 2020, 9:35 PM

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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
GitHub CEO says company is working to replace the name “master” for the default version of source code repositories with a more neutral term  —  GitHub getting on board legitimizes movement aimed at removing racially-charged language from software.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: at its current pace, Quibi will sign up fewer than 2M paying subscribers by the end of its first year, well under its original target of 7.4M  —  Two veteran executives with contrasting styles are launching Quibi, an on-the-go streaming service, during a pandemic
Nathan Baschez / Divinations:
Apple's efforts in health amount to a new OS, a bottleneck that all healthcare players, from providers to device makers, must integrate with to get distribution  —  Apple is building an operating system for health  —  This essay was co-authored by Rob Litterst and Nathan Baschez
David Ingram / NBC News:
US efforts to deploy COVID-19 contact tracing apps have fallen flat, as most states retreat from earlier interest and the few with an app struggle with adoption  —  At a briefing this week, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy touted his state's efforts to trace the spread of the coronavirus …
Financial Times:
Sources: SoftBank's invested $500M+ into Credit Suisse supply-chain finance funds that then made big bets on the debt of struggling SoftBank-backed startups  —  Japanese conglomerate engages in circular flow of financing to Vision Fund start-ups  —  SoftBank has quietly poured more than $500m …
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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Vietnam-based Propzy, a real estate marketplace that also helps with financing, insurance, more, raises $25M Series A led by Gaw Capital, SoftBank Ventures Asia  —  Propzy, a Vietnam-based startup that guides consumers through the entire process of a real estate transaction …
Jack Bandy / Mac O’Clock:
Research comparing curation by humans and algorithms on Apple News shows that human editors chose more diverse sources, more evenly, and less “soft news”  —  Over one hundred million people use Apple News every month.  Our study showed key differences in the stories that editors and algorithms curate for those people.
Stephen Harrison / Slate:
Google Support:
Google apologizes for a glitch that made a picture of Winston Churchill disappear from his Knowledge Graph entry  —  This content is likely not relevant anymore.  Try searching or browse recent questions.  —  Get Link Report Abuse  —  Winston Churchill's Image Removed in UK/US Search Results
Robert P. Baird / New Yorker:
How a philanthropic COVID-19 testing effort by Utah tech companies like Nomi Health and Domo became a commercial enterprise, despite questions about performance  —  At a White House briefing, on April 23rd, Mike Pence offered what he described as “encouraging news” about covid-19 testing.
Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:
In leaked letters, House Judiciary asks Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook to say by Sunday whether their CEOs will testify in antitrust hearings in July  —  House antitrust investigators are pressing Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook to say by Sunday whether their CEOs will testify …
Katie Paul / Reuters:

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