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June 4, 2021, 8:10 AM

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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 mostly shields politicians …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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” …
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.
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
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Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:
Current and former employees at Medium say CEO Ev Williams' internal memo in April on the company's shifting culture led to a mass exodus of non-editorial staff  —  In April, Medium CEO Ev Williams wrote a memo to his staff about the company's shifting culture in the wake of a challenging year.
Surur / MSPoweruser:
Microsoft says Teams will support end-to-end encryption for one-to-one voice calls on desktop and mobile apps starting in early July  —  Way back in March Microsoft announced that they will soon support End to End Encryption in Microsoft Teams and today Microsoft has finally given an update on the arrival of the feature.

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