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July 1, 2020, 3:10 PM

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Reuters:
Over 400 advertisers are due to suspend Facebook ads on Wednesday for a month, as sources say talks broke down; Zuckerberg will meet boycott organizers  —  NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Advertisements for more than 400 brands including Coca-Cola and Starbucks are due to vanish from Facebook …
Nikkei Asian Review:
Sources: Apple is facing production delays of up to 1-2 months for its 5G iPhone lineup, meaning postponing the launch until 2021 is unlikely  —  US tech titan to make more older handsets to offset coronavirus disruption  —  TAIPEI/PALO ALTO, U.S. — Apple is pushing its suppliers to try …
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.
Jacob Silverman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Over 15 journalists describe covering Facebook, which they say lies on the record, has ghost-written op-eds, and has demanded 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.
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Apple says it will close 30 more US retail stores as COVID-19 cases spike, bringing the total re-closed stores in the US to 77 in recent weeks  —  - Apple will close 30 additional stores in the United States this week.  — Apple has re-closed 77 stores in recent weeks in the United States …
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 …
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
Nick Summers / Engadget:
UK's Competition and Markets Authority calls for a “pro-competition regulatory regime” to monitor Facebook, Google, and other digital ad giants  —  The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has called on the UK government to create “a new pro-competition regulatory regime” …
Matt Day / Bloomberg:
Amazon Game Studios pulls its free-to-play PC title Crucible from wide circulation following negative reviews, an exceedingly rare step for a big-budget game  —  - Crucible was first big-budget release from Amazon Game Studios  — Game will move to closed beta while developers work on changes
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 …
Synced:
Yann LeCun, Facebook's chief AI Scientist and Turing Award winner, takes a break from Twitter after an acrimonious debate regarding racial biases in AI  —  This is an updated version.  —  Turing Award Winner and Facebook Chief AI Scientist Yann LeCun has announced his exit …
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
Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:
Employees at tech companies say NDAs, widely used across the industry, are muzzling those who have endured racism and discrimination  —  Earlier this month, Pariss Athena appeared on a podcast to discuss her experiences as a Black woman in web development.  During the wide-ranging conversation …
Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg:
Anduril Industries, founded by Palantir veterans and Palmer Luckey, raises $200M led by a16z at a $1.9B valuation for its AI-powered drone and surveillance tech  —  Anduril Industries Inc., a Southern California startup that builds technology for military agencies and border surveillance …
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Bloomberg:
Dun & Bradstreet, one of Wall Street's oldest data and analytics providers, raises $1.7B in its IPO, valuing the company at $8.8B  —  - IPO shares priced at $22 each, above its marketed range  — Company returns to public markets after less than two years

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