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June 5, 2021, 10:05 PM

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Elizabeth Rembert / Bloomberg:
Square partners with Blockstream, says it will invest $5M to build a solar-powered Bitcoin mining facility at a Blockstream Mining site in the US  —  Square Inc. will invest $5 million to build a solar-powered Bitcoin mining facility at a Blockstream Mining site in the U.S. through a partnership with the blockchain technology provider.
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 …
Dennis Erezi / The Guardian Nigeria News:
As Nigerian ISPs comply with government's Twitter ban blocking the service, the country's AG threatens prosecution of those trying to circumvent the ban  —  Nigeria's attorney general Abubakar Malami Saturday said the country will prosecute those who flout the government order to deactivate operations …
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%  —  G7 countries reached a landmark agreement Saturday aimed at making it harder for the world's largest companies to avoid paying taxes.
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
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
El Salvador's president unveils a bill to adopt bitcoin as legal tender, partnering with payments startup Strike, in a bid to become the first nation to do so  —  - El Salvador President Nayib Bukele plans to introduce legislation that will make it the world's first sovereign nation to adopt bitcoin as legal tender.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Facebook buys Unit 2 Games, a studio behind Roblox-like Crayta game platform, says it will integrate Crayta's toolset into Facebook Gaming's cloud platform  —  Facebook has been making plenty of one-off virtual reality studio acquisitions lately, but today the company announced …
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.
William Gallagher / AppleInsider:
In macOS 11.4 update Apple has fixed the excessive M1 Mac SSD wear reporting issue noticed in February  —  Previous issues surrounding reporting tools reporting heavy wear on SSDs in Apple Silicon Macs now appear to be fixed in macOS 11.4  —  Solid State Drives (SSDs) …
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.
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

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