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June 4, 2021, 4:40 PM

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Nick Clegg / About Facebook:
In response to Oversight Board ruling, Facebook suspends Trump's accounts until January 7, 2023, and says it will then reconsider suspension if conditions allow  —  Last month, the Oversight Board upheld Facebook's suspension of former US President Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts following …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is working on a new iPad Pro with MagSafe charging and a glass back, for release in 2022, and a redesigned iPad Mini for release later in 2021  —  - Company plans Mini redesign and thinner entry-level tablet  — Apple's tablet sales jumped 79% in first three months of 2021
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
EU and UK regulators coordinate to open antitrust investigations into Facebook's classified ad service Marketplace; UK is also probing Facebook Dating  —  Investigations into classified-ads service Marketplace ramp up regulatory scrutiny on the company in Europe
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
A 2007 email between Steve Jobs and then Apple SVP of Software Engineering, approving 3rd party iPhone apps and an App Store, surfaces among Epic trial docs  —  An email has been going around the internet as a part of a release of documents related to Apple's App Store based suit brought by Epic Games.
Michael McSweeney / The Block:
Jack Dorsey says Square is considering the development of a bitcoin hardware wallet  —  Square is considering the development of a bitcoin hardware wallet, according to Jack Dorsey, CEO of the payments firm.  —  Such a product launch isn't a done deal, according to Dorsey, who previewed the concept in a Friday Twitter thread.
Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch:
Nigeria announces it will block access to Twitter, after the site deleted tweets of President Buhari making threats to the southeastern part of the country  —  The Nigerian government via its Ministry of Information and Culture today announced its decision to suspend the activities of social media platform Twitter in the country.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Biden issues an order banning US investment in 59 Chinese tech companies that aid surveillance, substantially expanding on an earlier order issued by Trump  —  The new order includes firms engaged in making and deploying the surveillance technology used against Muslim minorities and dissidents around the globe.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Microsoft's Bing is not displaying image results for “tank man” when connecting from US IP addresses, on the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre  —  “There are no results for tank man,” the Bing website reads after searching for the term.  —  Joseph Cox
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Crypto exchange FTX to spend $210M over 10 years to rename the professional e-sports team TSM as TSM FTX, in one of the biggest naming rights deals in e-sports  —  The deal between TSM, which fields competitive video game teams, and the Hong Kong-based FTX exchange, rivals the kinds …
Wall Street Journal:
Director of FBI says it is investigating ~100 types of ransomware, many tracing back to Russia, and compares the challenge of this wave of cyberattacks to 9/11  —  Christopher Wray points to Russian hackers, calls for coordinated fight across U.S. society  —  FBI Director Christopher Wray …
Christopher Bing / Reuters:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok adds a new section to its privacy policy saying the app may collect biometric data such as faceprints and voiceprints from its users' content in the US  —  A change to TikTok's U.S. privacy policy on Wednesday introduced a new section that says the social video app …
Andrew Perrin / Pew Research Center:
Survey: since 2019, US smartphone ownership increased from 81% to 85% and broadband subscriptions rose from 73% to 77%; 30% of users report connectivity issues  —  Smartphone ownership and home broadband adoption are up slightly since 2019.  And 30% of Americans say they at least sometimes …
Politico:
AWS hired at least 66 former US government officials since 2018; AWS employee says such hires give the company a “leg up” in winning government contracts  —  Amazon Web Services is snapping up former government officials who can help them gain access to lucrative federal contracts.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Apple insults developers by denying the value apps bring to iOS and ignoring the part marketing and developer reputation play in attracting people to apps  —  Apple's leaders continue to deny developers of two obvious truths:  — That our apps provide substantial value to iOS beyond the purchase commissions collected by Apple.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Teams behind Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge unveil a development forum at W3C to standardize and build a unified, more secure foundation for extensions  —  The teams behind the Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge browsers have banded together to improve extensions …

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