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June 19, 2020, 8:30 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple is temporarily closing 11 stores across Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina amid COVID-19 spikes  —  Apple Inc. is temporarily shutting some of its U.S. retail stores again after cases of Covid-19 spiked in some areas across the country, Bloomberg News reports.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at the internal divisions at Apple over its plans for an AR/VR headset, which may be released in 2022; AR glasses to be released by 2023 at the earliest  —  In late 2018, Apple Inc. was a few years into its plan to build a powerful headset with both virtual- and augmented-reality capabilities when things shifted dramatically.
Jason Fried / HEY:
HEY's Jason Fried responds to Apple, says the dispute is not about the money, but about how Apple forcibly inserts itself between developers and their customers  —  So far, much of the recent discussion around Apple, HEY, In App Purchase (IAP), Subscriptions, the App Store, and the iOS developer community has been about money.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Oracle owned BlueKai had an unprotected server leaking identifiable user data and sensitive browsing info, exposing billions of records for anyone to find  —  Billions of records exposed.  —  Have you ever wondered why online ads appear for things that you were just thinking about?
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Google removes 106 malicious Chrome extensions with 32M downloads that collected browsing history and sensitive credentials, after being alerted by researchers  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A newly discovered spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions …
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Snap apologizes and disables its Juneteenth filter that allowed users to “smile and break the chains”, saying it didn't go through its usual  —  It's the latest example of a controversial Snapchat filter  —  Snapchat is apologizing for a controversial Juneteenth filter that allowed users to …
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Sophie Alexander / Bloomberg:
Robinhood says it's changing its options offerings after a young customer committed suicide when his account temporarily showed a negative balance of over $700K  —  Robinhood is changing its options offerings, including increased education, in the wake of a young customer's suicide.
Financial Times:
Wirecard's CEO Markus Braun resigns over the missing €1.9B in cash; James Freis, chief compliance officer who joined company on Thursday, named as interim CEO  —  Markus Braun resigns as payment group's shares continue to collapse and investors threaten legal action
Steve Brooks / Enterprise Times:
Copado, which is developing a DevOps tool focused on the Salesforce ecosystem, raises $26M Series B led by Insight Partners, bringing its total raised to $47M  —  Copado has announced a $26 million Series B funding round led by its existing investor Insight Partners.
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
The IRS attempted to identify and track potential criminal suspects by buying access to a marketing database of location data for millions of US cellphones  —  The unsuccessful effort shows how anonymized information sold by marketers is increasingly being used by law enforcement to identify suspects

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