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May 27, 2021, 3:55 PM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Nintendo plans to announce an upgraded Switch ahead of the June E3 conference and release it in September or October, for more than the original's $299  —  - Announcement of new Switch could be made ahead of June's E3  — Suppliers say Nintendo likely to price new model above $299
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Sources detail Citizen's efforts to cash in on vigilantism, including flooding users with notifications to make them anxious enough to buy its premium service  —  Internal documents, messages, and roadmaps show how crime app Citizen is pushing the boundary of what a private, app-enabled vigilante force may be capable of.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sujeong Lim / Counterpoint Research:
Global smartwatch shipments rose 35% YoY in Q1 2021; market leader Apple grew 50% YoY to increase its market share by 3% points while Samsung grew 27% YoY  —  - Apple registers a healthy 50% annual growth, capturing a third of the smartwatch market in terms of volumes.
Matthew Gault / VICE:
Amazon introduces coffin-sized AmaZen meditation booths in which warehouse employees can watch company videos about mindfulness to deal with stress  —  The AmaZen meditation booth is a small room where employees can watch company videos about mindfulness while a small fan moves the air around.
Karan Deep Singh / New York Times:
Twitter criticizes the Indian government's “intimidation tactics” and says it will push for changes to regulations that give it more authority over online media  —  The social media platform criticized what it called “intimidation tactics,” saying it would push back on new rules …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitter says users can now join Spaces via desktop and mobile web browsers, but can't host rooms on the web just yet  —  You can't host rooms yourself on the web just yet, though  —  You'll be able to join Twitter's Clubhouse-like Spaces from desktop and mobile web browsers starting Wednesday …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet:
Acer unveils four new Chromebooks, incuding an industry-first 17.3-inch Chromebook, available in June, with prices starting at $380  —  There's also a big emphasis on enterprise Chromebooks., a whole raft of other new hardware, and a commitment to 100 percent renewable energy use.
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Google announces new tools and partnerships with Shopify, Square, GoDaddy, and WooCommerce to help merchants sell more easily in Search, Maps, and YouTube  —  - Sellers on Square, GoDaddy will get access to Google features  — Marriage of Google and Shopify centers on two executives
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Snowflake says it no longer has an HQ, and designates Bozeman, Montana, where its CEO and CFO live, as its executive office, because it's required by the SEC  —  - Snowflake said in its earnings release on Wednesday that it no longer has a corporate headquarters, as its workforce is “globally distributed.”
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Facebook says it will no longer take down posts that claim COVID-19 was man-made, following renewed debate about the origins of the virus  —  Facebook will no longer take down posts claiming that Covid-19 was man-made or manufactured, a company spokesperson told POLITICO on Wednesday …
Aimee Chanthadavong / ZDNet:
Lenovo reports revenue of $60B for FY20, up 20% YoY, net income of $665M, up 77% YoY, and says Q4 was its “fastest growing quarter in almost a decade”  —  Lenovo has celebrated what it has dubbed as achieving ‘historic highs’ for FY21.  —  Lenovo Group has seen revenue surge past …
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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researcher details a WebKit flaw, which can lead to a RCE exploit, that remains unpatched by Apple despite the availability of an open source fix for 3 weeks  —  WebKit bug that was fixed upstream has yet to find its way into Apple products.  —  Apple has yet to patch a security bug found …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook says it will limit the distribution of all posts from personal accounts that routinely spread misinformation  —  Facebook Inc. will begin doling out harsher punishments for individual accounts that repeatedly share false or misleading posts, an expansion of the social network's efforts to crack down on misinformation.
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Margherita Beale / Forbes:
Boston-based Perch, which acquires fast-growing Amazon businesses, raises $775M Series A led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, bringing its total funding to $900M+  —  Perch landed $775 million of investor funding that will make the 18-month-old startup one of the best-funded players chasing …
Anna Edgerton / Bloomberg:
Internet groups warn Biden against adding Section 230 protections to trade deals, saying they undermine efforts to hold platforms responsible for user content  —  - Coalition asks Biden to eschew Section 230 language in accords  — Provision in trade deals could limit U.S. policymaker options

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