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June 25, 2020, 8:25 AM

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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
AWS announces Honeycode, a cloud-based tool that it hopes will help non-coders build apps  —  - Amazon already leads the cloud infrastructure market, and now it's expanding its cloud product lineup with a tool for people who don't code.  — The Honeycode service will compete with offerings …
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
In January, a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man's arrest for a crime he did not commit, in what may be the first known case of its kind  —  In what may be the first known case of its kind, a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man's arrest for a crime he did not commit.
Alfred Ng / CNET:
Kate Irby / The Fresno Bee:
Judge rules that Rep. Devin Nunes cannot sue Twitter for defamation over @DevinCow account, agrees with Twitter that it is protected by Section 230 in this case  —  A judge has ruled that Rep. Devin Nunes has no right to sue Twitter over statements made by a fake Internet cow, someone parodying his mother and a Republican strategist.
Zachary Basu / Axios:
The DOJ says it's charging Julian Assange in a superseding indictment with recruiting and conspiring with hackers affiliated with LulzSec and Anonymous  —  The Justice Department announced on Wednesday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged in a superseding indictment …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon forms Counterfeit Crimes Unit, made up of former federal prosecutors, investigators, and data analysts, to fight counterfeiters on its site  —  Amazon has formed an internal “Counterfeit Crimes Unit” to bolster its fight against knock-off products on Amazon.com, as the company seeks to show customers …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Google announces a licensing program to pay publishers for content for a new news product, launching later this year, as part of the Google News Initiative  —  In a major departure from its long-standing practice of not paying publishers directly to distribute their work …
John Koetsier / Forbes:
Apple's Identifier for Advertisers, critical to tracking mobile ad spend, will become opt-in with iOS 14, a privacy boon for users and a big loss for marketers  —  That tremor in the Force you felt yesterday probably wasn't shock at being able to text your car keys in Apple's new iOS 14 or do real-time offline translation with Siri.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Google says it will auto-delete location and search data by default for new users after 18 months, as part of a broader expansion of its privacy options  —  A compromise between privacy and ad-targeting data  —  On Wednesday, Google announced broad changes in its default data practices for new users …
Los Angeles Times:
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Slack launches Connect, letting up to 20 organizations communicate in a single Slack channel, currently available to paying customers  —  Slack today announced the launch of Connect, a way for up to 20 organizations to communicate in a single Slack channel.
Douglas Busvine / Reuters:
Wirecard collapses and files for insolvency facing an almost complete wipeout; source says creditors are owed nearly $4B  —  Douglas Busvine, Jörn Poltz, Arno Schuetze  —  BERLIN/MUNICH/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German payments company Wirecard collapsed on Thursday after disclosing …
OneZero :
Inside DayLife Army, a social media cult, spun off from a Facebook group, that seduces young people with empty promises of a better world  —  The DayLife Army always seemed like a troll.  Then it became a nightmare.  —  started with a tweet.  In the fall of 2013, Matthew had recently turned 18 …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Sources: Facebook's head of trust and safety policy admits to a “trust deficit” on a call with 200+ advertisers, as the company tries to stem an ad boycott  —  Social media group hit by mass boycotts over political content moderation  —  Facebook has admitted to having a …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Trump's campaign has discussed moving away from Facebook and Twitter, potentially to platforms like Parler, following disputes with both platforms  —  Amid disputes with Facebook and Twitter, the president's team mulls whether to push supporters toward a different platform or put more emphasis on its own campaign app
Christine Hall / Crunchbase News:
Pipe, which helps SaaS companies turn their monthly or quarterly subscriptions into upfront cash flow, announces $60M seed extension led by Fin VC  —  If the company name Pipe sounds familiar, it is because you read about them just four months ago when we wrote about the startup's $6 million seed funding, led by Craft Ventures.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources and documents detail a months-long cyberstalking and harassment campaign by members of eBay's security team against those behind the ECommerceBytes blog  —  Security employees allegedly orchestrated deliveries of live cockroaches, pornographic videos and a mask of a bloody pig's head

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