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June 23, 2020, 12:50 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft to shut Mixer on July 22, move partners and gamers to Facebook Gaming, sell domain names and trademarks to Facebook but retain IP rights to Mixer tech  —  It's a strategic move for the future of xCloud  —  Microsoft is closing its Mixer service on July 22nd and plans to move existing partners over to Facebook Gaming.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Apple says it will let developers appeal specific App Store guideline violations and that it will no longer delay bug fixes for guidelines disputes  —  The company also says it will no longer hold up bug fixes over App Store disputes  —  Apple today announced two major changes …
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Trump's new executive order will suspend H-1B, J-1, and H-2B visas, be in effect until the end of the year, and not immediately affect workers already in the US  —  BuzzFeed News has reporters around the world bringing you trustworthy stories about the impact of the coronavirus.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple says it's moving to its own Apple Silicon chips for Macs over the next two years, promising better performance, with “Rosetta 2” for app compatibility  —  Apple's first ARM-based Mac will be available later this year  —  Apple is officially moving to its own silicon chips for some of its Mac hardware.
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Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon unveils a Climate Pledge Fund, which will invest an initial $2B in startups building sustainable technologies  —  Tech giant plans to invest in transportation, energy, food and other industries  —  Amazon.  AMZN 2.36% com Inc. is launching a $2 billion internal venture-capital fund focused …
Olaf Storbeck / Financial Times:
Former Wirecard CEO Markus Braun has been arrested on suspicion of false accounting and market manipulation  —  Prosecutors accuse him of inflating German fintech company's balance sheet and revenues  —  Wirecard's former chief executive Markus Braun has been arrested on suspicion …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Facebook continues its VR game studio acquisition spree, acquiring Ready at Dawn Studios, behind the Lone Echo series of Oculus games, for an undisclosed price  —  Facebook has been on a game studio acquisition spree over the past year, buying up developers behind some of the most popular VR titles.
Tracy Young / Tracy writes:
Former CEO of PlanGrid, a construction software provider that was acquired by Autodesk, details her experiences of being a female founder  —  Not a lot is written about being a female founder and CEO.  I used to believe that my journey as a startup founder was the same as any other founder's experience …
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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
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Isaac McIntyre / Dexerto:
Twitch pledges to make platform “safer for everyone” in response to numerous sexual abuse allegations recently leveled at a handful of high-profile streamers  —  Published: {{day}}/{{monthNameShort}}/{{year}} {{hourTwoDigit}}:{{minuteTwoDigit}}  —  Updated: {{day}}/{{monthNameShort} …
Don Clark / New York Times:
Japanese supercomputer Fugaku is rated as the world's fastest, carrying out 2.8x more calculations/second than the second fastest, an IBM system at Oak Ridge  —  In the race for the most powerful computers, Fugaku, a Japanese supercomputer, recently beat American and Chinese machines.
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
In a letter to Sundar Pichai circulating since last week, 1,650+ Google employees are demanding that Google end its contracts with police forces across the US  —  Over 1,650 workers have signed an open letter to Sundar Pichai  —  Over 1,650 Google employees have signed an open letter …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Nylas, which provides email, calendar, and contact APIs for app developers, has raised $25M Series B co-led by 8VC and Round13  —  Nylas, which provides email, calendar, and contact APIs for developers looking to build their own apps, has raised $25 million in a series B round of funding.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Rasa, which is building an open-source framework to build AI chatbots, raises $26M Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz  —  As chatbots and other AI-based services like interactive voice apps continue to become more ubiquitous, a startup that's built software to help create and — critically …
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
A previously-suspended German antitrust order against Facebook gets reinstated amid pending lawsuit, after a judge says Facebook abuses its dominant position  —  Facebook Inc. suffered a setback at Germany's highest civil court in its fight against a fierce attack on its business model by the nation's antitrust watchdog.

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