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May 24, 2021, 12:35 AM

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Nick Statt / Protocol:
Ahead of Monday's closing arguments in the Apple vs Epic trial, a closer look at the judge's pointed questioning of Cook that touched on the lack of competition  —  Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, who is presiding over the Epic v. Apple antitrust trial, saved her best for last.
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Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Pro-Palestinian activist campaign targets Facebook's app store ratings via 1-star reviews; Facebook's internal chats show Apple declined to remove the reviews  —  Pro-Palestinian activists are running a coordinated campaign to downgrade Facebook's app review ratings to protest …
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
Over 500 AI researchers are working on a project to build an open-source large language model that will be used to conduct research independent of any company  —  Hundreds of scientists around the world are working together to understand one of the most powerful emerging technologies before it's too late.
Heather Somerville / Wall Street Journal:
Study: among 44 tech startups that completed a SPAC deal from the start of 2020 through April 2021, their share prices had fallen 12.6% on average by May 17  —  Entrepreneurs are increasingly wary about the money-raising tool after watching peers' stocks slide and investors balk
José Adorno / 9to5Mac:
Apple says HomePod and HomePod mini will receive a software update in the future to natively support Apple Music Lossless  —  After a week of controversies, Apple released a support page with everything users need to know about Apple Music Lossless.  For example, we've now discovered …
Aditya Kalra / Reuters:
India's information technology ministry asks social media companies to take down any content that refers to an “Indian variant” of the coronavirus  —  India's information technology (IT) ministry has written to all social media companies asking them to take down any content that refers to an …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Profile of Paul Romer, once tech's favorite economist and now a critic, who has championed state taxes on the digital ads sold by Facebook and Google  —  Paul Romer's call for government activism, particularly toward the big tech companies, reflects “a profound change in my thinking.”
Patrick O'Rourke / MobileSyrup:
Q&A with Apple VP Tim Twerdahl, who says the new Siri Remote doesn't need AirTag's UWB tech because it is too thick to get lost in couch cushions  —  The new Apple TV features an entirely revamped Siri Remote, the A12 Bionic chip and 60Hz Dolby Vision  —  Ahead of the A pple TV 4K …
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
A look at CaliberAI, a company that develops a tool for detecting potentially libelous claims, which may be particularly valuable for short-staffed newsrooms  —  CaliberAI wants to help overstretched newsrooms with a tool that's like spell-check for libel.  But its potential uses go far beyond traditional media.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitch launches a category for “Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches” streams, letting creators continue to stream them while letting advertisers and viewers avoid them  —  ‘Being found to be sexy by others is not against our rules’  —  Twitch is launching a dedicated category …

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