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May 17, 2021, 3:25 PM

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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) …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple confirms that the Bluetooth AAC codec used by AirPods Pro and AirPods Max does not support Apple Music's new lossless streaming  —  Apple today announced that starting in June, Apple Music songs will be available to stream in Lossless and Hi-Resolution Lossless formats …
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 …
Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk is either trading on his unique ability to move the price of Bitcoin and Dogecoin, or just trolling, and both scenarios are bizarre and incredible  —  Oh Elon  —  I am sorry to keep talking about it because it is so stupid, but there really is something unprecedented and amazing …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
After Eufy device owners noticed they could access others' cameras and live feeds, Eufy says it was a bug and all users should log out and reset their cameras  —  As we reported earlier today, a huge Eufy privacy breach allowed users to view the live and recorded camera feeds of strangers.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft launches a personal version of Teams, after previewing it nearly a year ago, available for free  —  Microsoft Teams for personal use exits preview  —  Microsoft is launching the personal version of Microsoft Teams today.  After previewing the service nearly a year ago …
Kevin Randall / Washington Post:
As Parler returns to the App Store, its chief policy officer says posts labeled as “hate” by its AI, hidden on iOS, will be viewable on other devices and web  —  Shut down after the Jan. 6 riot, Parler is using a new artificial intelligence moderation system with more stringent standards …
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 …
Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
Tim Cook is expected to testify for about 100 minutes in Epic v. Apple late this week or early next; Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi will testify before Cook  —  The iPhone maker's chief executive is set to argue the company's case against Epic Games' antitrust claims
Micah Singleton / Billboard:
Amazon Music HD is now available to Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers for free, effectively cutting the Hi-Fi service's price from $14.99 to $9.99 per month  —  The price change undercuts competing high-fidelity offerings and possibly upcoming plans by Spotify and Apple Music.
Sarah Krouse / The Information:
Sources: Google's plans to match Apple's ATT changes have been delayed by concerns over diminishing mobile ads; source says small changes are expected at I/O  —  Pressured by Apple's recent iPhone privacy initiative, Google is accelerating work to limit how app developers can track …
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
What to expect from Google I/O: a big focus on Android 12, Assistant and smart home improvements, changes to Wear OS, and possible Pixel Buds A-series  —  Google's big developer conference is back after a year's absence.  —  Sponsored Links  — The schedule  — Android 12 news
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:
Popular Information:
Docs: Google's state policy manager attended a policy working group led by the Republican State Leadership Committee that worked on voter suppression proposals  —  Several large corporations that have recently issued public statements supporting voting rights — including Google, Deloitte …
Sebastian Herrera / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon announces WorkingWell, a new program to educate employees on avoiding injuries and improving mental health, expanding to 1,000 facilities by end of 2021  —  Online retailer rolls out safety videos, on-the-job stretching exercises and staff meditation zones

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