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July 2, 2020, 1:55 AM

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Alex Heath / The Information:
Sources: Zuckerberg told Facebook staff the ad boycott is more of a “reputational and a partner issue” than an economic one, expects advertisers to return soon  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees he was reluctant to bow to the threats of a growing ad boycott …
Reuters:
400+ advertisers suspend Facebook ads for a month, as sources say talks with some advertisers broke down; Zuckerberg has agreed to meet with boycott organizers  —  NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Advertisements for more than 400 brands including Coca-Cola and Starbucks are due to vanish …
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Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Rep. David Cicilline says Tim Cook will testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee in late July, alongside Facebook, Amazon, and Google CEOs  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook, the last chief executive of four big tech companies targeted in a U.S. House Judiciary Committee antitrust probe …
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
As part of UK antitrust investigation of Google, the CMA says Safari's use of Google as its default search engine is “a significant barrier to entry” for rivals  —  (Reuters) - The payments by Alphabet Inc's Google to Apple Inc to be the default search engine on Apple's Safari web browser create …
Nick Summers / Engadget:
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 by Thursday.  — Apple has already reclosed 47 stores in recent weeks …
Katyanna Quach / The Register:
MIT apologizes and takes down its 80M-strong AI image training dataset, scraped from Google Images, that labeled some images with racist and misogynistic terms  —  Top uni takes action after El Reg highlights concerns by academics  —  Special report MIT has taken offline its highly cited dataset …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Twitter removed a picture from a Trump tweet after receiving a DMCA complaint from the NYT, which owns the rights to the photo taken in 2015  —  Twitter has removed a picture from a tweet by President Trump on Tuesday after it received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
WhatsApp announces contact-adding QR codes, animated stickers, dark mode for desktop and web, and a new group calling button  —  Improvements to video calls are also on the way  —  WhatsApp has announced a collection of new features that are coming to the Facebook-owned messaging service in the coming weeks.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Dish has completed its acquisition of Boost Mobile from T-Mobile in a deal worth $1.4B  —  There's a new logo, too  —  Dish now owns Boost Mobile, bringing Dish — after years of speculation — into the consumer wireless market where it can start to compete with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.
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 …
James Batchelor / GamesIndustry.biz:
Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell and executive Matt Hansen discuss Mountaintop, their new studio focused on multiplayer games  —  Nate Mitchell and Matt Hansen on anti-crunch, their multiplayer ambitions, and establishing a company culture without a central office
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.

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