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June 3, 2021, 6:55 PM

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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Sources: Facebook plans to end its controversial policy that shields politicians from the content moderation rules that apply to other users  —  Going forward politicians will be treated more like everyone else  —  Facebook plans to end its controversial policy that shields politicians …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Twitter launches its subscription service Twitter Blue on iOS in Canada and Australia for CAD$3.49 and A$4.49/month, with Undo Tweet, Bookmark Folders, more  —  - Twitter Blue is designed for power users who are willing to pay a monthly fee for exclusive features.
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Apple will launch an Android app to detect AirTags that may be in use to track a person and reduces the interval before AirTags sound an alert in such cases  —  Apple said it's adjusting its approach to its AirTags sensors, changing the time they play an alert when separated from their owner …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Trump shutting down his blog shows the significance of social media platforms' amplification mechanics and how they give free and huge reach to the worst actors  —  What a failed blog tells us about the power of Twitter  —  Last month, after months of hyping up a forthcoming “social media platform” …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Review of Google's new $99 Pixel Buds A-Series: good sound quality, improved comfort, and water resistant, but audio can cut out and ear hooks are non-removable  —  The $99 Pixel Buds are a better buy than their pricier predecessors  —  With the new, awkwardly named Pixel Buds A-Series …
WABetaInfo:
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!
Christopher Bing / Reuters:
US DOJ says it is elevating investigations of ransomware attacks to a similar priority as terrorism in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack  —  The U.S. Department of Justice is elevating investigations of ransomware attacks to a similar priority as terrorism in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Stratechery's Ben Thompson announces a service called Passport to let creators manage their subscriptions and communicate with subscribers  —  Seven years ago, when I initially launched the paid Daily Update, there weren't really any tools designed for independent subscription businesses …
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Google says it reassigned diversity strategy lead Kamau Bobb to STEM education due to a 2007 post in which he said Jews have an “insatiable appetite for war”  —  - Google has reassigned a global diversity lead Kamau Bobb over a 2007 blog post that it deemed antisemitic.
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Politico:
SCOTUS narrows the scope of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, ruling it can't be used to charge people who misused databases they are otherwise entitled to access  —  The Supreme Court has sharply curtailed the scope of the nation's main cybercrime law, limiting a tool that civil liberties advocates …
Associated Press:
EU unveils plans for a digital ID wallet that residents can use to prove their identities and share electronic documents across the 27-nation bloc  —  LONDON (AP) — The European Union unveiled plans Thursday for a digital ID wallet that residents could use to access services across the 27-nation bloc …
Matt Day / Bloomberg:
Amazon says it will require police departments that need Ring security footage to publicly post requests in Ring's Neighbors app, beginning next week  —  - The change follows criticism of cozy ties to law enforcement  — Police officers must post requests in Ring's Neighbors app
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.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Sources: Cox Media Group is apparently suffering a ransomware attack, as live streams for Cox radio and TV stations go down  —  Live streams for radio and TV stations owned by the Cox Media Group, one of the largest media conglomerates in the US, have gone down earlier today in what multiple sources …
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Kamala Harris announces that the Biden administration will make $1B in grants available to expand broadband access and adoption on tribal lands  —  The Biden administration will make $1 billion in grants available to expand broadband access and adoption on tribal lands …
Jeremy C. Owens / MarketWatch:
Asana beats in Q1 with revenue of $76.7M, up 61% YoY, vs est. of $70.1M, has 100K+ paying customers, and forecasts Q2 revenue of $81-$83M vs est. of $74.1M  —  Collaboration-software company raises annual forecast as revenue easily outstrips expectations, stock adds more than 9% in after-hours trading
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Paramount+ will launch its ad-supported Essential Plan on Monday, priced at $4.99 per month and replacing CBS All Access for new subscribers  —  If you didn't want to shell out $9.99 per month to watch the meme-worthy iCarly reboot, now you won't have to.  On Monday, Paramount+ will launch …
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.
Livemint:
Sources: SoftBank's Vision Fund 2 is in talks to invest $700M in Flipkart at a valuation of $28B; SoftBank sold its stake in Flipkart to Walmart in 2018  —  MUMBAI : SoftBank Group Corp. is in talks with Flipkart to invest $700 million in the internet retailer, three years after it sold …
Coco Feng / South China Morning Post:
Chinese researchers unveil WuDao 2.0, an AI model they say was trained using 1.75T parameters, 10x more than GPT-3, to simulate conversational speech and more  —  The WuDao 2. natural language processing model had 1.75 trillion parameters, topping the 1.6 trillion that Google unveiled …
Tim Starks / CyberScoop:
Hart InterCivic, one of the big election vendors, says it will use Microsoft's voting software ElectionGuard in one of its systems as part of a pilot program  —  The ElectionGuard technology that Microsoft touts as a way to make elections more secure and verifiable is taking its biggest step yet …

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