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June 3, 2021, 11:00 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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” …
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 …
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.
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  —  WhatsApp has unexpectedly reached out to me to confirm that some important features are coming on WhatsApp!  Let's discover the amazing story below.
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
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
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 $81M-$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
More: AsanaTweets: @bgurley
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 …
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.

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