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June 7, 2021, 9:10 AM

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Jeff Bezos says he and his brother Mark will fly on Blue Origin's first human spaceflight on July 20 alongside an auction winner  —  Jeff Bezos is going to be one of the passengers on his spaceflight company Blue Origin's first ever human space launch on July 20.
James Titcomb / Telegraph:
Apple paid millions to settle a woman's claims that, after sending her iPhone to Apple for repair, technicians uploaded her nude photos to her Facebook account  —  Technicians posted the private photos and video from her iPhone after she sent it to Apple for repair, according to legal documents
Jay Peters / The Verge:
What to expect from WWDC 2021: iOS 15 with updated notifications and iMessage, revamp of iPadOS home screen, new Apple Silicon chips and MacBook Pro, and more  —  The keynote kicks off June 7th at 1PM ET  —  Apple's annual developer extravaganza, the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Researcher: Twitter Super Follow to be limited to users over 18, with 25+ tweets posted in the last 30 days and 10K+ followers; categories include adult content  —  The company teased the Patreon-like subscription service earlier this year  —  Twitter announced earlier this year it was working …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
France's competition authority says Google agreed to pay a fine of nearly $270M and promised to make it easier for competitors to use its ad tools  —  Deal with competition authority resolves complaint over the firm's digital advertising tactics  —  PARIS— Alphabet Inc.'s Google agreed …
Shishir Mehrotra / Coda:
An insider's look at how YouTube tackled its 2008 to 2014 hypergrowth years with a set of rituals for everything from strategic planning to effective meetings  —  A peek inside how YouTube tackled the 2008 to 2014 hypergrowth years with a unique set of rituals for everything from strategic planning to effective meetings.
Washington Post:
Analysis: eighteen, or nearly 2%, of the 1,000 highest grossing apps on the App Store are scams; according to Appfigures data, the apps may have cost users $48M  —  Nearly 2 percent of Apple's top-grossing apps on one day were scams — and they have cost people $48 million
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
A look at the plight of “pickers”, in-store shoppers fulfilling online grocery orders, and the cottage industry around tech tools that make them more efficient  —  The technology needed to fulfill orders is costly for stores, and the workers who pick items off the shelves often feel the pressure of being tracked.
Annie Lowrey / The Atlantic:
A look at the rise of the meditation app Calm, downloaded by 100M+ users and valued at $2B, which aims to make meditation easy, friendly, and accessible  —  cathedral-like mountain towers above me; a lake laps at my feet; sunshine distilled through pine needles warms my skin.  Close your eyes, a voice intones.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Lightspeed, which makes point-of-sale software, buys e-commerce platform Ecwid for $500M and B2B e-commerce platform NuOrder for $425M  —  Lightspeed, has picked up two more companies in what is shaping up to be an acquisition spree for the Canadian point-of-sale software provider.
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
Sources: Flipkart is in talks to raise $3B from SoftBank and several sovereign wealth funds, targeting a valuation of ~$40B  —  - E-commerce giant to raise funds as IPO pushed back to 2022  — SoftBank to back Flipkart again after selling stake to Walmart
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