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June 4, 2021, 2:05 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 …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch:
Nigeria suspends Twitter operations after the site deleted tweets and videos of President Buhari making threats to the south eastern 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.
More: Techpoint AfricaTweets: @martinsfp
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Berlin-based Flink, a six-months old grocery delivery service built around its own delivery stores, raises $240M co-led by Prosus, BOND, and Mubadala Capital  —  On-demand grocery delivery, which really came into its own with the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, continues to command huge attention from investors.
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.

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