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June 9, 2021, 10:00 AM

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Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
El Salvador becomes the first country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender after lawmakers voted by a “supermajority” in favor of its new Bitcoin Law  —  - El Salvador's has become the first country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender.  — Lawmakers in the South American country's Congress voted …
Associated Press:
Fastly, which was hit by a major outage on Tuesday, says the problem was caused by a bug that was triggered by a customer configuring their service  —  LONDON (AP) — Fastly, the company hit by a major outage that caused many of the world's top websites to go offline briefly this week …
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Casey Newton / Platformer:
Ad-supported and subscription-only newsletters both have ways to understand audiences without the tracking pixels blocked by Apple's Mail Privacy Protection  —  How Mail Protection Privacy will force the email economy to adapt  —  Today, let's talk about one of Apple's many announcements …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Tom Simonite / Wired:
An inside look at how Google's Ethical AI team fell apart following the contentious departure of Timnit Gebru and then Margaret Mitchell  —  She was a star engineer who warned that messy AI can spread racism.  Google brought her in.  Then it forced her out.  Can Big Tech take criticism from within?
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple Music debuts Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio and adds Spatial Audio playlists, says Spatial Audio support is “coming soon” for Android devices  —  Last month, Apple announced it would soon add lossless audio streaming and Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos to its Apple Music subscription at no extra charge.
Adam Mosseri / Instagram:
In the first of a series of blog posts, Instagram explains how it ranks Feed, Stories, Explore, and Reels, and addresses “shadowbanning” accusations  —  It's hard to trust what you don't understand.  We want to do a better job of explaining how Instagram works.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Biden admin announces steps to bolster US supply chains, including for chips and rare earth metals, and a “strike force” to combat unfair trade practices  —  - The Biden administration announces new actions designed to strengthen critical U.S. supply chains.
Jackie Borchardt / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio's AG files lawsuit with Delaware County Court alleging that Google's search business is anticompetitive and asks court to declare Google a public utility  —  Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has filed a lawsuit asking a court to declare Google a public utility that should be regulated as such.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Contentstack, which offers a headless content management system, raises $57.5M Series B led by Insight Partners, bringing its total raised to $89M  —  Contentstack, a startup that offers a headless content management system (or a ‘content experience platform’ in marketing speak) …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sinch acquires MessageMedia, which provides SMS and other messaging services for businesses, for $1.3B, to compete with Twilio in business SMS services  —  Sinch — the Swedish company that provides a suite of services for companies to build communications and specifically “customer engagement” …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple opens up the ShazamKit framework to third-party apps, including on Android, allowing them to use Shazam's audio recognition tech  —  Apple in 2018 closed its $400 million acquisition of music recognition app Shazam.  Now, it's bringing Shazam's audio recognition capabilities to app developers in the form of the new ShazamKit.
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Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
In a huge sting operation, FBI and Australian Federal Police ran an encrypted chat service AN0M for 3+ years to intercept messages between criminals globally  —  The FBI and Australian Federal Police ran an encrypted chat platform and intercepted secret messages between criminal gang members …
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti review: much faster than the 2070 Super, better memory performance than the 3070, but runs hotter than 3070 and faster 3080 is only $100 more  —  In one of my grand fantasies, a world where video cards actually cost as much as their retail prices,  —  NVIDIA's RTX 3070 was an absolute steal.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon and US delivery app Gopuff explored competing takeover bids for Berlin-based grocery delivery app Flink, which raised $240M last week  —  - Flink rebuffed a bid from SoftBank-backed delivery app Gopuff  — Flink, which delivers groceries, raised $240 million last week

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