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May 31, 2021, 5:45 AM

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Tyler Sonnemaker / Insider:
Court docs detail Google's user location data collection, efforts to make popular privacy settings harder to find, pressure on partners like LG to do the same  —  - Google made it nearly impossible for users to keep their location private, according to newly unredacted court documents.
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Intel unveils a refresh of its 11th-Gen Tiger Lake-U chips aimed at laptops and debuts a 5G modem developed with MediaTek that supports 5G on slower, sub-6 GHz  —  Due to the global pandemic, this year's annual Computex event in Taiwan is being held virtually, but all the big-name companies …
Kellie Mejdrich / Politico:
As big financial industry players like Fidelity Investments push SEC to approve Bitcoin-linked ETFs, crypto lobbying efforts meet resistance from US lawmakers  —  A strong push by Wall Street to open up access to Bitcoin investment is meeting resistance from a bipartisan group of lawmakers …
Matt Stoller / BIG:
Via Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, and its Buy Box algorithm, Amazon forces third party Marketplace sellers to keep prices high for consumers across the web  —  A new antitrust case shows that Prime inflates prices across the board, using the false promise of ‘free shipping’ that is anything but free.
Andreas Kolbe / The Daily Dot:
The Wikimedia Foundation is financially healthy and nearing a $100M endowment target five years ahead of schedule, yet fundraising appeals imply it's struggling  —  The site is way richer than it wants you to know.  —  The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), the non-profit that owns Wikipedia …
Neil Cybart / Above Avalon:
Through its custom silicon, integrated sensors, design-led focus on user experience, and broad ecosystem, Apple is a decade ahead of rivals in wearables  —  Last week, Apple quietly unveiled one of the more remarkable pieces of technology that has been developed in the past few years.
Aidan Moher / Wired:
Amid a boom in retro gaming, enthusiasts are scouring online marketplaces for old CRTs, as modern displays can't replicate the unique characteristics of CRTs  —  Thanks to a retro gaming renaissance, enthusiasts are scouring online marketplaces for 20-year-old CRTs.
Packy McCormick / Not Boring:
A bull case for Ethereum, which is the backbone and a settlement layer of a decentralized internet that continues to grow as DeFi and NFTs explode in popularity  —  A Bull Case for Ethereum … Hi friends 👋 ,  —  Happy Monday!  Sometimes, it's better to be lucky than good.
Doc Searls Weblog:
Apple's claims about respecting privacy aren't fully serious, as the iPhone default doesn't disallow apps from tracking users, instead expecting users to do so  —  This piece has had a lot of very smart push-back (and forward, but mostly back).  I respond to it in Part II, here.
Pieter Haeck / Politico:
Euroconsumers, a group of EU consumer agencies, partners with Facebook after settling a lawsuit with Facebook in April over alleged illegal user data harvesting  —  Euroconsumer had promised up to €200 in compensation for people who signed up to its lawsuit against Facebook.

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