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June 22, 2020, 8:15 AM

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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, contributing to lower than expected turnout  —  Did a successful prank inflate attendance expectations for President Trump's rally in Tulsa, Okla.?
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Kuo: first ARM-based Macs will be a 13" MacBook Pro and a revamped 24" iMac, coming in Q4 or Q1'21; all new Mac models will have ARM processors starting in 2021  —  Apple plans to introduce its Arm-based custom designed chips for Macs at WWDC, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note to investors today …
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 …
Steven Sinofsky / Learning By Shipping:
An analysis of the App Store debate through the lens of history surrounding Windows and why curated app stores on smartphones have been beneficial to users  —  Debate/discussion/rants about app stores (or perhaps The App Store) have rapidly polarized to the point where it seems difficult to have a rational discussion.
Horace Dediu / Asymco:
Mark Harris / The Daily Beast:
Secretive disaster charity GSD, founded by Sergey Brin, uses drones, superyachts, and more to deliver humanitarian aid during high-profile disasters  —  WHERE THERE'S A WILL  —  Global Support and Development is made up of ex-military men and Brin's former bodyguards.  But their mission isn't warfare.
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
Joseph Cox / VICE:
In 2019, just days after NSO Group unveiled a human rights policy for the use of its malware, Amnesty International says an activist was hacked with NSO tools  —  Just three days after controversial surveillance vendor NSO Group announced its new human rights policy, saying that clients …
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
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 …

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