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June 25, 2020, 11:25 AM

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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 …
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
SoftBank's Masayoshi Son steps down from Alibaba's board, a post he had held since 2005  —  - Son steps down as Alibaba director, a post he held since 2005  — Jack Ma is also leaving SoftBank's board after 13 years  —  SoftBank Group Corp. founder Masayoshi Son ended …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Hey opens its email service to everyone and says Apple has approved its update with proposed changes to meet App Store guidelines  —  The $99-per-year email app no longer needs an invite to be used  —  Hey — the new email service from Basecamp that's been the subject of the latest fight …
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Michael Hawley, whose work at MIT Media Lab helped lay the groundwork for IoT, and who helped Steve Jobs and Larry Page write commencement speeches, dies at 58  —  A man of manifold interests, his achievements ranged from developing ideas behind the so-called Internet of Things to publishing the world's biggest book.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Justin Sherman / Wired:
DOJ has objected to Facebook and Google's 8,000-mile cable to Hong Kong, claiming it offers “unprecedented opportunities” for Chinese government espionage  —  The DOJ's opposition to Facebook and Google's 8,000-mile cable to Hong Kong highlights how physical infrastructure is as contentious as the virtual world.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok launches a new site, TikTok for Business, as a home for marketing products and resources and launches a new AR ad format to rival Snapchat  —  TikTok is announcing to advertisers that it's open for business.  The company is today officially introducing a new brand and platform called …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Hopin, a London-based startup developing virtual events technology, raises $40M Series A led by IVP with Salesforce Ventures and others participating  —  This morning Hopin, a London-based startup building virtual events technology, announced that it has raised a $40 million Series A led by IVP.
Alfred Ng / CNET:
Boston passes an ordinance to ban government use of facial recognition, with minor caveats, joining cities like San Francisco, Oakland, and Cambridge  —  Boston joined cities like San Francisco, Oakland, California, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Wednesday in passing a vote to ban facial recognition technology for municipal use.
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:

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