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June 2, 2021, 8:40 PM

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Ben Dummett / Wall Street Journal:
Stack Overflow, which has 100M+ monthly visitors, says it will be acquired by Prosus, a European tech giant and Tencent's largest shareholder, for $1.8B  —  Deal is Prosus' biggest investment in online learning and comes weeks after it sold a chunk from its massive Tencent holding
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft will detail its “next generation of Windows” at an event on June 24, with significant changes, including visual enhancements, expected  —  A special Windows event is coming later this month  —  Microsoft is planning to detail its “next generation of Windows” at an event later this month.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it will open the Messenger API for Instagram to all businesses, after announcing a closed beta in October 2020  —  F8 Refresh, Facebook's annual developer conference with a new twist — it's more pared down than in years past, and virtual — is going to be kicking off later today …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
A spokesperson for Donald Trump says his blog, used to share statements after he was banned on Facebook and Twitter, has been permanently shut down  —  - Former President Donald Trump's blog has been permanently shut down.  — The page, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” …
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Huawei details HarmonyOS, designed to run across multiple devices, coming to Mate 40 and foldable Mate X2 smartphones, Watch Series 3, and MatePad Pro tablet  —  - Huawei has launched HarmonyOS on its flagship Mate 40 and foldable Mate X2 smartphones, the Watch Series 3 smartwatch and MatePad Pro tablet.
Elizabeth Paton / New York Times:
Etsy says it is buying the London-based fashion resale app Depop, popular with Gen Z, for $1.6B in an all-cash deal  —  The acquisition is the latest to underscore the skyrocketing popularity of secondhand fashion platforms amid the pandemic.  —  Depop, the fashion resale marketplace beloved …
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
In an email, Tim Cook asks Apple employees to return to physical offices for at least three days a week starting in early September  —  Employees can work remotely for up to two weeks a year  —  Apple employees are being asked to return to the office three days a week starting in early September.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify announces Only You, which gives users personalized playlists and insights based on habits, and Blend, letting two friends merge tastes in a playlist  —  Spotify loves when people share its annual Wrapped music breakdown on social media, so it's making that more of a year-round treat.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
An Apple-commissioned study says the App Store ecosystem facilitated ~$643B in billings and sales globally in 2020, up 24% YoY  —  The App Store ecosystem facilitated an estimated $643 billion in billings and sales in 2020, an increase of 24 percent year-over-year, according …
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
In an email to Jewish employees, Google diversity strategy lead Kamau Bobb apologizes for a 2007 post in which he said Jews have “insatiable appetite for war”  —  Google's head of diversity strategy is under fire over a 2007 blog post in which he wrote that Jews have …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Source: Apple has lost at least three top managers of its self-driving car team in recent months  —  - Company sees at least three departures from top of car group  — Apple has begun early work on an autonomous electric vehicle  —  Apple Inc. has lost multiple top managers …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
FireEye says it is selling its products business to PE firm Symphony Technology Group for $1.2B in cash; deal splits FireEye from digital forensics arm Mandiant  —  Cybersecurity giant FireEye has agreed to sell its products business to a consortium led by private equity firm Symphony Technology Group for $1.2 billion.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon announces this year's Prime Day will take place on June 21 and 22, returning to its typical summertime slot  —  - Amazon's annual Prime Day event will take place June 21 and 22, the company announced Wednesday.  — Prime Day is returning to its normal summertime slot after Amazon postponed …
Wall Street Journal:
Documents: SEC told Tesla last year that Elon Musk twice violated a court-ordered policy requiring his tweets be vetted by lawyers in 2019 and 2020  —  SEC said Musk flouted court-ordered policy in 2019 and 2020, records show  —  WASHINGTON—Securities regulators told Tesla Inc. last year …
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Apple's system status webpage indicates Apple Card outage has been resolved after roughly six hours of downtime; Apple says the outage impacted all users  —  Apple Card is seeing downtime this morning and Apple says the outage is impacting all users.  —  Update 12:19 pm PT …
Adam Janofsky / The Record:
The FBI says ransomware group REvil is behind the ongoing attack targeting meatpacking company JBS  —  The US Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday confirmed reports that the well-known cybercriminal group REvil (also known as Sodinokibi) is behind the ongoing ransomware attack targeting JBS …
Michael McSweeney / The Block:
Google says it will allow ads for cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets in the US that meet certain requirements and are certified by Google starting August 3  —  Google is expanding the scope of its crypto-related advertisement policy, the latest development in a years-long back and forth from the tech giant.
Paul R. La Monica / CNN:
NortonLifeLock says it's adding an Ethereum mining function to Norton 360, its paid antivirus software, initially to a small group of customers  —  New York (CNN Business)Mining for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is typically done by companies that own massive server farms operating outside of the United States.
More: PCMagTweets: @SwiftOnSecurity
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
Critics worry Biden's rural-first broadband strategy could leave urban America behind; 13.6M urban households don't have broadband vs. 4.6M rural households  —  Many more people in cities lack broadband access than in rural areas, but lawmakers are primarily focused on extending high-speed access to remote areas.
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:
Shippo, a shipping software and services startup, raises $50M led by Bessemer at a $1B valuation  —  - Startup roughly doubled valuation from earlier this year  — $50 million comes from existing investors led by Bessemer  —  Shipping startup Shippo is now valued at $1 billion amid a boom in e-commerce.

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