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April 26, 2021, 1:20 PM

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Apple:
Apple expands its wide-ranging US investment plan by 20% to $430B and says it will spend $1B+ to open a 3,000-employee campus in NC  —  The accelerated commitment will fund a new North Carolina campus and job-creating investments in innovative fields like silicon engineering and 5G technology
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Roku says anti-competitive demands from Google, including requests for preferential treatment of apps like YouTube TV, may force YouTube TV off Roku's platform  —  Roku on Monday notified its users via email that YouTube TV may be forced off its platform entirely, alleging anti-competitive demands …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out a miniplayer that will allow Facebook users to stream music and podcasts from Spotify through the Facebook app on iOS or Android  —  Facebook announced last week an expanded partnership with streaming music service Spotify that would bring a new way to listen to music …
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Overview of iOS 14.5, which includes the App Tracking Transparency tool, lets Siri play audio with 3rd-party apps, and enables Face ID unlocking with a mask on  —  With Apple's latest mobile software update, we can decide whether apps monitor and share our activities with others.  Here's what to know.
New York Times:
A look at the frayed relationship between Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook as Apple is set to release its new privacy feature for iPhones  —  The chief executives of Facebook and Apple have opposing visions for the future of the internet.  Their differences are set to escalate this week.
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
A group of Germany's largest media, tech, and advertising companies file antitrust complaint against Apple as it makes privacy changes on iPhones  —  Axel Springer among companies claiming controls will damage targeted advertising on iPhones  —  A group of Germany's largest media …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Zoom officially launches Immersive View, which assembles up to 25 video conference participants in one scene, for all free and individual Pro Zoom accounts  —  Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16.  Register fo r the AI event of the year.  —  Zoom has officially launched …
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Mighty Networks, whose products help content creators establish and manage digital subscriptions, raises $50M Series B led by Owl Ventures  —  Mighty Networks, a platform designed to give creators and brands a dedicated place to start and grow communities, has closed on $50 million in a Series B funding round led by Owl Ventures.
TechCrunch:
Private equity giant Thoma Bravo buys SaaS security vendor Proofpoint for $12.3B in cash; Proofpoint had a market cap of $7.5B as of its closing price on Friday  —  Moree M&A activity underway in the red-hot field of cybersecurity.  In the latest development, private equity giant Thoma Bravo …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Documentary short Colette, co-produced by EA and Oculus Studios for VR game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, wins an Oscar, a first for the videogame industry  —  Facebook just won its first Oscar.  —  “Colette,” from the social giant's Oculus VR group and EA's Respawn Entertainment …

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