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July 1, 2020, 10:15 AM

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Billy Steele / Engadget:
Spotify expands its Premium Duo plan, which allows ad-free streaming for two people for $12.99 per month, to 55 markets including the US  —  Streaming services have been offering family plans for years.  While the terms and prices may change, the basic premise is the same …
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.
Nikkei Asian Review:
Sources: Apple is facing production delays of up to 1-2 months for its 5G iPhone range and will likely not need to postpone the launch until 2021  —  US tech titan to make more older handsets to offset coronavirus disruption  —  TAIPEI/PALO ALTO, U.S. — Apple is pushing its suppliers …
NBC News:
Facebook says it removed 220 Groups and 95 Instagram accounts dedicated to “Boogaloo”, weeks after US said Boogaloo members planned murder of a federal agent  —  Facebook announced Tuesday that it is removing groups dedicated to the Boogaloo extremist movement one month …
New York Times:
Researchers say China's mobile hacking campaign against the Uighurs was broader and more aggressive than previously known, beginning as far back as 2013  —  A new report revealed a broad campaign that targeted Muslims in China and their diaspora in other countries, beginning as early as 2013.
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
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 …
Jacob Silverman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Over fifteen journalists describe covering Facebook, which they say lies on the record, has ghost-written op-eds, and received quote approval for interviews  —  One day in July 2016, Casey Newton, a tech reporter for The Verge, sat down at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park for the biggest interview of his career.
Synced:
Yann LeCun, Facebook's chief AI Scientist and Turing Award winner, quits Twitter after getting involved in an acrimonious debate regarding racial biases in AI  —  Turing Award Winner and Facebook Chief AI Scientist Yann LeCun has announced his exit from popular social networking platform Twitter …
Andrew Liszewski / Gizmodo:
Researchers from Disney and ETH Zurich detail innovations in creating movie-quality face-swapping technology  —  In a few short years, neural-network-powered automated face swaps have gone from being mildly convincing to eerily believable.  But through new research from Disney …
Rachel Lerman / Washington Post:
California will enforce its digital privacy law, which went into effect on January 1, starting today, despite industry calls for delay because of the pandemic  —  Measure took effect in January, with a six-month grace period  —  California's privacy law, often called the broadest law …
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 …
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Survey of 58 WFA members, who are responsible for $90B+ of ad spending worldwide, finds ~33% will suspend or are likely to suspend spending on social media  —  Study reveals extent of revolt against Facebook and Twitter over hate speech  —  Almost a third of the world's biggest brands …
Bloomberg:
India's app ban may present a model for other countries in Europe and Southeast Asia that seek to curtail China's access to their residents' data  —  - Move shows the increasingly fractured nature of tech industry  — Chinese firms may find themselves excluded from key markets

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