June 25, 2020, 3:55 PM

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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 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Google Photos gets a big redesign with a new Places view, Recent Highlights feature in Memories, a Things feature with photos related to users' interests, more  —  Plus, more features designed to help you rediscover your old photos  —  After five years as the dominant solution …
New York Times:
Sources say the DOJ has made the antitrust inquiry into Google its top priority and the case is moving swiftly, spurred by the personal interest of AG Barr  —  Attorney General William Barr's attention to the Justice Department investigation shows the high stakes for the agency and for him.
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 …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple to bring Face ID and Touch ID logins to the web in Safari 14 on mobile and desktop  —  Apple allows Touch ID and Face ID to be used in lieu of a password to access sensitive apps like those for banking or password management, and in the future, Face ID and ‌Touch ID‌ …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it is globally rolling out a notification screen warning users if they try to share content that's more than 90 days old  —  Facebook announced Thursday that it would introduce a notification screen warning users if they try to share content that's more than 90 days old.
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple confirms it is not planning to support Boot Camp on ARM-based Macs, and says “purely virtualization is the route”  —  Virtualization is the route forward  —  Apple will start switching its Macs to its own ARM-based processors later this year, but you won't be able to run Windows in Boot Camp mode on them.
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.
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 …
Joe Fedewa / XDA Developers:
Google makes its ARCore Depth API available for developers on Android and Unity to build AR experiences  —  ARCore is Google's SDK for creating augmented reality experiences on Android and iOS.  On Android devices, it's delivered as part of the Google Play Services for AR app.
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.
Graham Rapier / Business Insider:
Insurance startup Lemonade sets a price range of $23 to $26 for its IPO, valuing it ~$1.3B, about 25% less than its $2B valuation in its last funding round  —  Foto: Lemonade Lemonade insurance founders Daniel Schreiber and Shai Wininger.  — Lemonade, which filed to go public earlier in June …
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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 …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Valence, a LinkedIn-type social network, launches to connect Black founders with VCs, including Accel, Sequoia, GGV, USV, Greylock, and CapitalG  —  A new platform launches today to make connections between Black founders and a select group of top-tier venture capitalists …
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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 …

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