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June 20, 2020, 1:40 PM

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Brian Fung / CNN:
VF Corp's The North Face, REI, and Upwork say they are committing to an ad boycott of Facebook in light of its handling of misinformation and hate speech  —  (CNN Business)Outdoor apparel brand The North Face has become the best-known company yet to commit to an advertising boycott of Facebook …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
What to expect from WWDC 2020: transition to ARM Macs, iOS 14 with Car Key and a Google Translate-like feature, third-party music services on HomePod, and more  —  - Company to announce move to Macs running its own processors  — Developers complaining about longtime App Store rules, fees
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:
Patrick Kulp / Adweek:
Pandora will offer more stats to podcast hosts like where listeners live, how long they tune in to each episode, and the number of thumbs up/down they receive  —  Move makes the streaming service more competitive with Apple and Spotify  —  Key insight:  — Podcasting has long suffered …
Bloomberg:
Sources: ARM ousted ARM China CEO Allen Wu after discovering that he had set up a competing investment fund; Wu maintains he is still in charge of ARM China  —  - Chinese corporation rules mean he will be difficult to remove  — Wu maintains he is still in charge of Arm China Joint Venture
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Bobbie Johnson / MIT Technology Review:
The UK government's efforts to build a centralized contract tracing app from scratch were plagued by poor technical execution and chaotic personnel management  —  The failed rollout of Britain's covid-19 app will damage digital contact tracing efforts worldwide—but its troubles were the result of clear, specific errors.
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
The IRS says it bought access to a marketing database of location data for millions of US cellphones to try to identify and track potential criminal suspects  —  The unsuccessful effort shows how anonymized information sold by marketers is increasingly being used by law enforcement to identify suspects
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Social media execs owe it to staff, users, and society to examine structural forces empowering racists online and how their platforms undermine social justice  —  Shows of support from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube don't address the way those platforms have been weaponized by racists and partisan provocateurs.
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.

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