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June 26, 2020, 9:00 AM

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Megan Graham / CNBC:
Verizon joins the boycott of Facebook ads, pulling them until Facebook has “an acceptable solution that makes us comfortable”, the largest advertiser so far  —  - Verizon said on Thursday it is pulling advertising on Facebook and Instagram.  — On Thursday, the Anti-Defamation …
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: facing growing ad boycott, Facebook told advertisers it will “not make policy changes tied to revenue pressure” but will invest more in tackling hate  —  Social network tells advertisers it takes civil-rights groups' concerns seriously, but won't ‘make policy changes tied to revenue pressure’
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Sources: Amazon to pay $1B+ to buy self-driving car developer Zoox; source says most investors will get their money back and some will make a positive return  —  Amazon has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to buy Zoox, an early developer of autonomous vehicles, marking the entrance …
Laurence Dodds / Telegraph:
TikTok says it will stop clipboard snooping after iOS 14 reveals when apps attempt to read the clipboard; TikTok claims it was used to identify spammy behavior  —  A security patch from Apple has suddenly exposed just how many smartphone apps are reading users' clipboards every time they are on screen
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Google launches group calling support for Assistant-powered smart displays, like Nest Hub Max, in Google Meet for up to 100 users and in Duo for up to 32 people  —  Chat with up to either 32 or 100 right from your Nest Hub Max  —  Google is expanding the ways you can make video calls …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Volvo to integrate Waymo's autonomous driving technology in its future fleet of electric robotaxis, the fourth automaker to commit to using Waymo's AV tech  —  Waymo says it is an ‘exclusive’ supplier of Level 4 technology to Volvo  —  Waymo is the “exclusive global L4 partner” …
Bloomberg:
In email to staff, Uber CEO says it will “deprioritize” its finance-related projects, including Uber Money, as the head of its financial products quits  —  Uber Technologies Inc.'s financial services leader Peter Hazlehurst is calling it quits as the ride-hailing giant focuses …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Google Photos gets a redesign with an interactive map view, a new three-tab structure that includes Photos, Search, and Library, and a simplified pinwheel icon  —  Plus, more features designed to help you rediscover your old photos  —  After five years as the dominant solution …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Leaked Microsoft document hints at a cheaper and less powerful Xbox console, designed to provide key improvements in Xbox Series X at a lower price point  —  The document mentions multiple Project Scarlett consoles  —  Microsoft has been planning a second, cheaper and less power next-gen Xbox console.
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.
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.
Jack Koloskus / Input:
Apple's new visual language in macOS 11 highlights a trend towards neumorphism, an iteration of skeuomorphic design that focuses on light moving within 3D space  —  If you watched Apple's annual WWDC event this week, or have been even casually observing some of the announcements the company made …
Financial Times:
The UK has pledged to invest ~£500M in OneWeb equity deal after the company failed to secure ~$2B in new funding from investors; UK could end up with +20% stake  —  Move comes as government explores options for global navigation system  —  Boris Johnson has pledged hundreds of millions …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Amazon partners with 1000+ retail shops in India to launch Smart Stores, where shoppers can scan a QR code to browse store inventories and buy using Amazon Pay  —  For Amazon, it's never too late to try something in India.  The e-commerce giant is exploring ways to further spread its tentacles …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Salesforce launches Salesforce Anywhere, an app that unifies chat, alerts, comments and video in customer relationship management software  —  According to Salesforce, Anywhere incorporates lessons from the Quip app to reinvent collaboration within Salesforce.

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