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June 15, 2020, 10:15 AM

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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
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
In response to Australian regulator, Facebook says it will not pay for shared news links and that not having them at all would not significantly impact business  —  Social media giant rejects ACCC proposal, saying it could cut out news completely without any significant impact on its business
TechCrunch:
WhatsApp says it is rolling out a payments service for its users in Brazil to send and receive money and make purchases from local businesses  —  WhatsApp said on Monday it has started to roll out a payments service to its users in Brazil in a move that it described was aimed at helping businesses accept digital money.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches zero-interest financing with Apple Card for iPad, Mac, AirPods, and its other products for six or 12 months  —  Apple today has officially launched support for financing additional products with Apple Card and 0% interest.  The new financing options are available for the Mac lineup …
Financial Times:
Sources: SoftBank has 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 …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
ByteDance says it's shutting down two of its apps in India, Vigo Lite and Vigo Video, the latter of which reportedly had 4M MAUs, urging users to move to TikTok  —  Chinese internet giant ByteDance has announced plans to discontinue two of its apps in India, its biggest overseas market, and urged users to move to TikTok.
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 …

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