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June 19, 2020, 12:15 PM

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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 …
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.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple rejects HEY appeal, noting email apps must work without paid subscription; Apple suggests offering in-app sub or to reconfigure app as IMAP and POP client  —  In a brief call today about Basecamp's Hay email app from the iOS App Store, Apple's Phil Schiller told me that there would currently …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft says some app stores are creating a far higher barrier to fair competition than Microsoft did when found guilty of antitrust violations 20 years ago  —  - Developers put at a disadvantage by unfair rules, Smith says  — European Commission this week launched investigation of Apple
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Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Media Matters for America:
Facebook says it has removed ads from Trump's 2020 campaign that featured Nazi iconography; the campaign ran 88 ads with the inverted red triangle symbol  —  Update (6/18/20, 1:15 p.m. EDT): Facebook has removed the ads in question following this post and public backlash.
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
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Jane Lanhee Lee / Reuters:
Palantir raises $500M from Japanese insurance holding company Sompo; sources: Palantir's shares have been trading on the private market at a $10B-$14B valuation  —  (Reuters) - Palantir Technologies Inc on Thursday said that Japanese insurance holding company Sompo Holdings Inc (8630.T) …
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Twitch is growing as a platform for live music, with music one of the top 15 genres on Twitch and 27M hours spent watching music in May, a 5X jump from January  —  Long an afterthought to YouTube, Instagram and TikTok, Twitch has won over musicians.  Now it must deal with their lawyers.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google releases Text Fragment extension that lets Chrome users generate URLs linking directly to a specific section of text on page  —  An easier way to use Chrome's Text Fragment feature  —  Link to Text Fragment is a new Chrome Extension from Google that lets you generate URLs to specific text …

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