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July 1, 2020, 12:25 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 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 …
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 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.
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.
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” …
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
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
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  —  This is an updated version.  —  Turing Award Winner and Facebook Chief AI Scientist Yann LeCun has announced his exit …
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:
Report: Twitch crossed 5B hours watched in Q2, up 62.7% QoQ and 83.1% YoY; YouTube Gaming Live grew 39.6% QoQ to reach 1.5B hours  —  Twitch had already broken viewership records in the first quarter of 2020 amid coronavirus lockdowns, surpassing 3 billion total hours watched in a single quarter for the first time.
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
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Source: following Amazon's acquisition, two of Zoox's earliest and most senior engineers have left for Waymo  —  All is not well following Amazon's $1 billion-plus acquisition of self-driving car developer Zoox.  Two of its earliest and most senior engineers—James Philbin and Marc Wimmershoff …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Shenzhen-based Pudu Technology raises $15M Series B to develop autonomous indoor delivery robots  —  Shenzhen-based robotics R&D startup Pudu Technology today announced it raised $15 million.  The company, which claims to have over 2,000 hotel, restaurant, and hospital customers across 20 …

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