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July 1, 2020, 1:30 AM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube TV is raising its monthly rate to $65 from $50, due to “the rising cost of content”; some ViacomCBS channels are becoming available on the service today  —  YouTube TV is getting another price hike, making its live TV streaming service less competitive with the cable TV services it aims to replace.
NBC News:
Facebook says it removed 220 FB groups and 95 Instagram accounts dedicated to “Boogaloo”, weeks after feds said Boogaloo members planned murder of agent on FB  —  Facebook announced Tuesday that it is removing groups dedicated to the Boogaloo extremist movement one month …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Microsoft unveils initiatives to upskill workers amid the “COVID-19 economy” including cash grants, affordable skill certificates, and a learning app in Teams  —  Microsoft has announced a slew of new initiatives designed to open up access to new digital skills, including cash grants …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple has shifted the strategy of its Arcade gaming service, canceling contracts for some titles in development and seeking games with more engagement  —  - Company ends contracts for multiple future Arcade titles  — Apple seeks games with stronger engagement to hook users
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Leaked memo: Verily is suspending spot bonuses through 2020 and redirecting the money to diversity and inclusion programs  —  The move frustrated employees who said it implied the initiatives aren't worthy of their own investment  —  Verily Life Sciences, the Alphabet-owned healthcare company …
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Abram Brown / Forbes:
Chat app Discord raises $100M led by Index Ventures at a $3.5B valuation, up from $2.05B 18 months ago, and says it has ~100M MAUs, up 50% YoY  —  By shutting out white supremacists and reinventing itself to be more accessible, Discord has added millions of more diverse users—teachers …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook will change its News Feed algorithm to prioritize news stories with original reporting and demote ones that are not transparent about their authors  —  Beginning today, Facebook will be updating the way news stories are ranked in its News Feed to prioritize original reporting, executives tell Axios.
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
Bozoma Saint John, veteran of Uber, Apple, and Pepsi-Cola, is joining Netflix as CMO, succeeding Jackie Lee-Joe, who joined Netflix a year ago  —  Marketing heavy hitter succeeds Jackie Lee-Joe after just a year  —  Marketing powerhouse Bozoma Saint John is joining the streaming giant Netflix as chief marketing officer.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
UK government plans to begin allowing rental e-scooter trials on roads from Saturday, in a bid to ease pressure on public transport during the pandemic  —  In light of COVID-19 and social distancing regulations, the UK has been working on making it easier for people to get from point A to B …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Q&A with Reddit CEO Steve Huffman on banning r/The_Donald and other problematic subreddits, after resisting for years  —  Steve Huffman, Reddit's co-founder and chief executive, says new rule changes will help the company fulfill its mission.  —  On Monday, Reddit …
Jeff Hunter / AnyList Blog:
AnyList says it won't support Sign In With Apple due to issues it creates with customer support and poor documentation, will also remove Facebook Login  —  Starting June 30th, Apple will be enforcing a new rule in the App Store requiring many apps to support Sign in with Apple.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Elementary Robotics, which develops tools to automate industrial tasks, announces $12.7M Series A funding to deploy its automation products at scale  —  Elementary Robotics, a robotics company developing tools to automate industrial tasks, today announced it has raised a $12.7 million round.
Jade Macmillan / ABC:
The Australian government announces AU$1.35B will be used over the next decade to boost cyberdefense capabilities against a surge in state-backed cyberattacks  —  The Federal Government wants to create more than 500 new jobs in its highly secretive cyber intelligence agency as part …
Ryne Hager / Android Police:
Nearby Sharing, Android's long-awaited AirDrop competitor, is rolling out in beta  —  Android's long-awaited Nearby Sharing may be just about ready.  The feature, which allows you to share files between Android devices quickly, easily, and wirelessly, has been compared to Apple's AirDrop …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower: consumer spending on apps reached $50.1B globally during the first half of 2020, up 23.4% YoY, and first time installs were up 26.1% YoY  —  Consumer spending on mobile apps and app installs grew significantly during the first half of 2020, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data from Sensor Tower.

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