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April 30, 2021, 7:25 PM

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Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
EU charges Apple with antitrust violations, alleging that Apple squeezed rival music streaming apps by requiring them to use its in-app payments system  —  EU accuses Apple of forcing many apps to use its in-app payment system on which it takes commissions, saying it ‘distorted competition’ in music streaming
Joseph Cox / VICE:
At least 15 Basecamp employees announced on Twitter that they are leaving the company, with some specifically citing new policy banning political talk at work  —  Multiple employees say they are leaving specifically because of recent policy changes.  —  On Friday, numerous employees …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Roku has removed YouTube TV from its channel store after Roku and Google failed to come to a distribution agreement; existing users will continue to have access  —  If you've already got the app, be careful not to delete it  —  Roku has pulled YouTube TV from its channel store.
New York Times:
Google is experimenting with post-pandemic designs in 10% of its global work spaces, including inflatable balloon walls, hybrid meeting rooms, open-air tents  —  The company that helped popularize open office plans and lavish employee perks is trying to reinvent office spaces to cope …
Mark Wilson / Fast Company:
Experts detail how Apple AirTags can be used by an abuser to discreetly track a partner despite built-in protections, especially when victims are not iOS users  —  AirTags are powerful surveillance technology.  And the National Network to End Domestic Violence believes Apple has more work to do to fix them.
NBC News:
Florida governor to sign into law a bill punishing social media firms for “deplatforming” politicians, which would likely face a constitutional challenge  —  Florida is on track to be the first state in the nation to punish social media companies that ban politicians …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
ISP lobby groups sue New York to block a state law requiring ISPs offer a basic broadband plan for low-income families for no more than $15 a month  —  Lobby groups for Verizon, AT&T, and other ISPs ask court to overturn state law.  —  Internet service providers today sued New York to block …
David Pierce / Protocol:
ByteDance announces that its CFO Shouzi Chew will now also become the CEO of TikTok; TikTok's interim head Vanessa Pappas will be TikTok's COO  —  Shouzi Chew, the CFO of ByteDance, got a new job title on Friday: CEO of TikTok.  Vanessa Pappas, who's been running the company …
BBC:
English soccer and cricket clubs and other sporting bodies begin a four-day boycott of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, protesting abuse on the platforms  —  Football clubs, players, athletes and a number of sporting bodies have begun a four-day boycott of social media in an attempt …

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