June 21, 2020, 3:55 PM

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New York Times:
TikTok users and K-pop fan accounts claim they registered thousands of tickets for Trump's Tulsa rally as a prank, resulting in lower than expected attendance  —  Did a successful prank inflate attendance expectations for President Trump's rally in Tulsa, Okla.?
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
Horace Dediu / Asymco:
An estimated $519B+ of commerce facilitated by App Store, of which Apple captures ~4%, proves developers can find business models that work within Apple's rules  —  In March 2016 Ben Bajarin and I put on an event called SUBSCRIBE where we asked, among other things,  — How will the online services business models evolve?
by Brent Simmons / inessential:
Apple's App Store brings in users because it is the only choice, not because it offers some kind of exceptional distribution and marketing to developers  —  One might argue that developers should love the App Store because it brings the users.  AppleInsider writes about the App Store …
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.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Kuo: first ARM-based Macs will be a 13" MacBook Pro and a redesigned 24" iMac, launching in Q4 or Q1 2021, with a refresh of existing Intel ‌iMac‌ coming in Q3  —  Apple plans to introduce its Arm-based custom designed chips for Macs at WWDC, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note …
Brian Barth / MIT Technology Review:
A look at Toronto's growth as a tech hub, selling itself as a gentler, kinder version of Silicon Valley  —  The Canadian tech hub is selling itself as an antidote to the tech industry's worst impulses.  But what does that entail?  —  It is a frigid February day when I visit Communitech …
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 …
Kevin / kwokchain:
An in-depth look at how Figma, a browser-based collaborative design tool, has found success, as it seeks to become a platform by building out a plugin ecosystem  —  Companies are a sequencing of loops.  While it's possible to stumble into an initial core loop that works …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
In internal email, Snap VP of diversity and inclusion apologizes for the Juneteenth filter, and says Black team members were fully involved in its development  —  In an internal email, Oona King says black and white employees collaborated on its “smile and break the chains” filter
Sarah Holder / Bloomberg:
Nextdoor discontinues a feature that let users forward posts directly to police departments, but retains other ways, like DMs, to contact police via its app  —  “Forward to Police,” one of several Nextdoor programs to strengthen law enforcement relations, has been criticized for elevating racial profiling.
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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