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July 1, 2020, 9:35 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Researchers say China's mobile hacking campaign against the Uighurs was broader and more aggressive than previously known, and began 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
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google shares details on upcoming Sheets features that automatically clean up and complete data, through formula suggestions and more  —  Google today announced a couple of updates to Google Sheets that will make building spreadsheets and analyzing data in them a little bit easier.
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 …
Gerrit De Vynck / Bloomberg:
Leaked memo: Google will not reopen its US offices until September 7 at the earliest, pushing back its earlier plan to bring some workers back starting July 6  —  - U.S. offices will stay closed until Sept. 7 at the earliest  — Company had planned to begin returning employees in July
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Following the government's ban, many users have lost access to TikTok in India, its biggest overseas market, and the app is not in App Store or Play Store  —  A growing number of internet service providers in India have started to block their subscribers from accessing TikTok …
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