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May 17, 2021, 9:30 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Microsoft's board decided in 2020 Gates should leave the board as it probed claims Gates sought to initiate an affair with a Microsoft engineer in 2000  —  Some Microsoft directors began an investigation in 2019 into woman's allegations of prior sexual relationship with Bill Gates …
New York Times:
Sources: long after his marriage, Bill Gates would pursue women at Microsoft, at times creating an uncomfortable workplace environment  —  Melinda French Gates voiced concerns about her husband's relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and a harassment claim against his money manager.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
AT&T to spin off WarnerMedia and combine it with Discovery in a $43B deal; the new company will be run by Discovery CEO David Zaslav  —  New York (CNN Business)The streaming TV race is about to get even more competitive.  —  On Monday morning AT&T (T) and Discovery, Inc. (DISCA) …
Apple:
Apple says it will bring lossless audio to all Apple Music subscribers for free and will support Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos, available from June  —  The next generation of sound on Apple Music is coming to subscribers June 2021 at no additional cost  —  CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple today …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Ride-hailing giant Gojek and e-commerce marketplace Tokopedia say they have merged to form GoTo Group, the largest tech group in Indonesia  —  Ride-hailing giant Gojek and marketplace Tokopedia said on Monday they have combined their businesses to form GoTo Group, the largest technology group in Indonesia.
Biz Carson / Protocol:
Q&A with Rick Klau, an ex-Google product manager and California's new CTIO responsible for building apps and services for various departments across the state  —  When Rick Klau joined the California government, he expected a culture shock after 13 years at Google.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitch says it is switching to localized subscription prices in some non-US markets, which will often be lower, starting with Turkey and Mexico on May 20  —  Localized pricing is meant to increase streamers' earnings, but they'll need more subscribers  —  Twitch is announcing a big change …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
DVD rental and streaming company Redbox is going public via SPAC in a deal that values the combined company at $693M; Redbox had earnings of $114M in 2020  —  Redbox, the DVD-rental kiosk and streaming company, is going back to the public markets.  —  On Monday, Redbox announced that it reached …
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