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June 27, 2020, 3:10 PM

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Riya Bhattacharjee / CNBC:
Coca-Cola to pause paid ads on all social media platforms globally for at least 30 days to reassess its ad policies, but isn't joining the official boycott  —  - Coca Cola on Friday announced it will be pausing advertising on all social media globally.  — The company clarified …
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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Data broker Mobilewalla touts tracking BLM protesters' cell data and the locations of evangelicals before 2016 election, and says it has data on 1.6B devices  —  A data broker that tracked Black Lives Matter protesters also tracked the locations of Evangelical Christians on election …
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Microsoft says it will permanently close all Microsoft Store retail locations and focus on its online store instead  —  - Microsoft on Friday announced it will permanently close its Microsoft Store retail locations.  — In the past decade or so, Microsoft began to expand its retail presence …
Reuters:
US curbs on Chinese tech firms has led to an investment boom across China's semiconductor industry, prompting investors and analysts to warn of a looming bubble  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - U.S. curbs on Chinese tech firms amid the intensifying Sino-U.S. battle for tech supremacy are feeding …
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Adriana Lee / WWD:
Tech is transforming the fitting room, where companies like True Fit, which claims 2M+ new users per week since March, use AI to predict shopper fit remotely  —  Virtual fitting rooms gain new attention, as stores reopen without dressing rooms.  —  The fitting room's move from physical to digital …
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Ubisoft places two executive VPs and several other employees on administrative leave following misconduct allegations made public in the past week  —  Ubisoft Entertainment SA, one of the world's largest video-game publishers, placed two executives and several other employees …
Bloomberg:
Sources: DOJ has been meeting with developers to discuss Apple's rules that require apps to use its App Store payment system for subscriptions  —  - Developers complain they're locked in to Apple payment system  — Apple inquiry progresses as DOJ poised to file Google lawsuit
CNBC:
Amazon has signed an agreement to acquire self-driving car startup Zoox, reportedly for $1.2B+; Zoox was valued at over $3B in 2018  —  - Zoox was valued at over $3 billion in 2018, but has struggled with management turnover in its efforts to develop a self-driving car.
Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Tech companies often rely on their Black employees to help address their response to systemic racism, giving them more work without additional pay or time off  —  As Black Lives Matter protests captured national attention, tech companies have leaned heavily on black employee resource groups …

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