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June 3, 2021, 11:25 AM

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Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Twitter launches its subscription service Twitter Blue in Canada and Australia for CAD $3.49 and AU $4.49/month, with features like Undo Tweet, Bookmark Folders  —  - Twitter Blue is designed for power users who are willing to pay a monthly fee for exclusive features.
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Zuckerberg says WhatsApp is working on a Disappearing Mode for messages in all threads, View Once for photos and videos, and multi device support  —  Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry  —  WhatsApp has unexpectedly reached out to me to confirm that some important features are coming on WhatsApp!
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
In an email, Tim Cook says Apple employees will be asked to return to offices on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 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.
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
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.
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
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Some current members of Google's ethical AI team say they have been in limbo for months and have serious doubts about whether Google can rebuild credibility  —  Six months after Timnit Gebru left, Google's ethical artificial intelligence team is still in a state of upheaval.
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.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Realtime Robotics, which develops tech to let industrial robots autonomously move in dynamic, fast-moving environments, raises $31.4M Series A  —  Realtime Robotics, a company developing technology that enables robots to alter their motions in dynamic, fast-moving environments, has raised $31.4 million in a series A round of funding.
More: TechCrunch
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.
BBC:
Google says it removed diversity strategy lead Kamau Bobb over a 2007 post in which he said Jews have an “insatiable appetite for war”  —  Google has removed its head of diversity over a 2007 blog post that said Jewish people had “an insatiable appetite for war and killing”.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Walmart confirms it will launch two onn-branded Android TV devices, a TV streaming stick for $24.88 and a 4K streaming device for $29.88, next week  —  Walmart accidentally scooped itself by publishing product listings for its own, onn-branded, low-cost Android TV streaming stick …
More: 9to5Google
New York Times:
Facebook employees say discontent at the company has surged over its handling of government demands to take down content in India and Israel  —  The social network wrongly bowed to government demands to take down content in the countries, employees said, in more signs of internal dissent.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …

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