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June 5, 2021, 12:05 PM

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Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
In a letter to Tim Cook, written and edited by about 80 people, Apple employees push back against a policy requiring them to return to the office in September  —  “Over the last year we often felt not just unheard, but at times actively ignored”  —  Apple employees are pushing …
Matthew Karnitschnig / Politico:
Finance ministers of G7 countries, the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan, agree to back a new global minimum corporate tax rate of at least 15%  —  The agreement by seven of the world's largest industrial nations is seen as an important step toward changing the global tax structure.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Microsoft says Bing is not displaying image results for “tank man” on the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre due to “accidental human error”  —  “There are no results for tank man,” the Bing website reads after searching for the term.  —  Joseph Cox
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple to announce better multitasking and widget placement for iPadOS, status-based notification alerts, an improved Messages app, and more at WWDC  —  - Company pitching to developers amid uproar over App Store  — Messages, Health apps among those gaining new capabilities
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.
Bloomberg:
Investigator says hackers breached Colonial Pipeline through a VPN account whose password has since been discovered inside a batch of leaks on the dark web  —  - Investigators suspect hackers got password from dark web leak  — Colonial CEO hopes U.S. goes after criminal hackers abroad
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 …
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.
Dani Blum / New York Times:
Several companies and clinicians are using VR therapy, which has shown success in treating PTSD, to treat other disorders like social anxiety and phobias  —  An experimental treatment seems poised to address a dire mental health crisis.  —  When a Veterans Affairs therapist first suggested …
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.
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:
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Survey of ~400 open-source code maintainers reveals poor pay, with 46% saying they go unpaid and, of those who were paid, only 26% say they earn $1K+ annually  —  Maintaining open-source code is a vital but stressful job.  Despite that, a recent Tidelift survey found that almost half of code maintainers aren't paid at all.
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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
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
Facebook taking feedback from critics, and Zuckerberg transparently signing off on a concrete policy change, shows the Board's valuable, if limited, function  —  Facebook has agreed to follow some of the board's non-binding recommendations regarding the Donald Trump suspension.  That's progress.
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