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May 8, 2021, 1:40 AM

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Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Flurry analysis: just 4% of iPhone users in the US and 12% worldwide have so far actively chosen to opt into app tracking after the rollout of iOS 14.5  —  An early look at an ongoing analysis of Apple's App Tracking Transparency suggests that the vast majority of iPhone users …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google adds YouTube TV to the main YouTube app on Roku devices and says it is securing “free streaming devices” for customers in case talks with Roku fail  —  It's also securing ‘free streaming devices’ for customers in case talks with Roku completely fall apart
Brian Barrett / Wired:
Using PayPal for Twitter's Tip Jar could reveal tipper's address to the recipient and possibly recipient's email to the tipper; Twitter says it will add a label  —  Sending its users to PayPal has created all sorts of problems that Twitter should have caught ahead of time.
Esther Crawford / Twitter:
Brad Sams / Petri:
Sources: Microsoft will not ship Windows 10X this year and the OS as it was announced will likely never ship as Microsoft concentrates on updating Windows 10  —  Back in the fall of 2019, Microsoft held a Surface event that will likely go down in history as one of the most ambitious announcements from the company.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Apple emails disclosed in Epic trial show that 128M iPhone users, of which 18M were in the US and 55% in China, downloaded apps with XCodeGhost malware in 2015  —  As part of the trial against Epic Games, Apple released emails that show that 128 million users, of which 18 million were in the U.S. …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Court docs detail Apple's app review process: 500+ people review ~100K apps/week, app rejection rate is less than 40%, less than 1% of rejections are appealed  —  As the Epic Games v. Apple court case goes forward, we have been learning more details about internal discussions within each company about their business models and more.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed News:
Apple hires ex-Cisco communications chief Stella Low as new VP of worldwide corporate communications; Phil Schiller has been overseeing Apple's PR since 2019  —  Apple has hired a new vice president of worldwide corporate communications.  Stella Low, former communications chief at networking giant Cisco …
CNBC:
Amazon partners with tracker maker Tile and smart lock maker Level to enhance the Sidewalk mesh network that Amazon is now using for its Echo and Ring devices  —  - Amazon partnered with Tile and smart lock maker Level to beef up its mesh network for tracking items.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Sennheiser sells its consumer electronics division to Sonova, a Swiss company best known for its medical audio products like hearing aids and cochlear implants  —  From blasting your eardrums to assisting them in later life  —  Sonova, a Swiss company best known for its medical audio products …
Anna Leask / NZ Herald:
US endorses Christchurch Call, an effort to stop the spread of extremist content online, which Big Tech signed on to in 2019 and Trump's White House rejected  —  Anna Leask is a senior reporter for the New Zealand Herald  —  The United States has joined the Christchurch Call to Action …
Ben Zimmer / Wired:
Dr. Fill, a puzzle-solving AI, won the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament last week, the first time AI managed to outscore human solvers at the national event  —  Dr. Fill, a puzzle-solving automaton, came out victorious at last week's national tournament—but human solvers shouldn't throw in the towel just yet.
Scott Stein / CNET:
Interview with Mark Zuckerberg on upgrading Quest with pro features, using VR for fitness, VR for kids, Facebook's plans for its Horizon VR world, and more  —  Five years after Facebook released its very first PC VR headset, and over a year into the pandemic, VR has been getting a closer look …

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