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June 11, 2021, 5:10 AM

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New York Times:
Apple complied with DOJ subpoena and gag order during Russia leak probe, provided data of people associated with House Intelligence Committee, including Schiff  —  The Justice Department seized records from Apple for metadata of House Intelligence Committee members, their aides and family members.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
EA confirms that it has suffered a data breach, after hackers claim they have 780GB of data, including source code for FIFA 21 and the Frostbite engine  —  The data includes source code for FIFA 21 and the Frostbite engine.  —  Joseph Cox  —  Hackers have broken into gaming giant Electronic Arts …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple has hired Ulrich Kranz, who ran the development teams for the BMW i3 and i8 and co-founded self-driving electric vehicle startup Canoo  —  - Ulrich Kranz also co-founded autonomous auto startup Canoo  — Apple is in early stages of building self-driving vehicle
Nick Statt / Protocol:
Microsoft says it will soon launch a dedicated device for game streaming and is working with TV manufacturers to expand Xbox Game Pass subscription to smart TVs  —  Microsoft on Thursday announced plans to expand its Xbox Game Pass subscription service to many more screens …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Chinese ride-hail company Didi Chuxing files for a US IPO, reports a $1.7B loss on $21.6B in revenue for 2020  —  Chinese ride-hail company Didi Chuxing filed for an initial public offering on Thursday.  —  Why it matters: Didi is not only known as the Uber of China, but actually beat Uber …
New York Times:
Google plans to change its search algorithm to prevent sites that extort people to remove slanderous content from appearing in search results for people's names  —  In response to Times articles, the search giant is changing its algorithm, part of a major shift in how Google polices harmful content.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Apple demos passkeys, to let users set up accounts with just Face ID or Touch ID, joining Microsoft and Google in advocating for passwordless authentication  —  Apple has begun testing passkeys, a new authentication technology it says are as easy to use as passwords but vastly more secure.
Jack Morse / Mashable:
Twitter says it will add a newsletter subscribe button to user profiles in the coming weeks, available to those with a Revue account; Twitter will take a 5% cut  —  Newsletters are coming to a Twitter profile near you.  Or, at least the chance to sign up for them is.
Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:
In an internal memo, Amazon adjusts return-to-office guidance and says it will allow corporate employees to work remotely up to two days per week  —  Amazon has adjusted its return-to-work plans for corporate employees, issuing new guidance on Thursday that will allow for a mix of remote and in-person work.
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:
Dark Sky, acquired by Apple last year, says it will shut down its API and iOS and web apps at the end of 2022, after Apple announced an updated Weather app  —  Last year, Apple acquired the weather app Dark Sky, and shortly after its purchase, Apple shut down the app for Android.
New York Times:
Netflix launches an online store with Shopify, featuring merch tied to its shows, expanding its retail business which includes deals with Walmart and others  —  You streamed it.  Now you can buy it at Netflix.shop, a new site that will offer everything from a “Lupin” side table to a “Yasuke” clock.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Intel offered to acquire SiFive, which designs chips that are based on the RISC-V architecture, for more than $2B  —  - Intel offered to acquire SiFive for more than $2 billion  — Talks are early and SiFive could chose to remain independent  —  SiFive Inc., a startup …
Matthew Gault / VICE:
NY Senate becomes the first legislative body in the US to pass right to repair legislation for electronics; the bill still has to pass the NY Assembly  —  The legislation still has to pass the Assembly, but the Senate became the first legislative body in the US to pass a bill that would make it easier to fix your things.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
US DOJ says it seized the servers and domains of SlilPP, a marketplace for stolen login credentials, in a joint operation with Germany, Netherlands, and Romania  —  The US Department of Justice announced today it seized the servers and domains of SlilPP, a well-known online marketplace …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook adds Venmo-like QR codes to Messenger for peer-to-peer payments in the US, alongside a new quick reply bar and other updates  —  This spring, Facebook confirmed it was testing Venmo-like QR codes for person-to-person payments inside its app in the U.S. Today, the company announced …
Wall Street Journal:
A look at the ruthless Eastern European ransomware gang Ryuk, which hit 235+ US hospitals since 2018 and collected an estimated $100M in ransom last year  —  An Eastern European group known as Ryuk has hit at least 235 facilities, raking in more than $100 million
Rebecca Bellan / TechCrunch:
Nvidia acquires DeepMap, which is building high-definition maps for autonomous vehicles; DeepMap has raised $91M from investors  —  Chipmaker Nvidia is acquiring DeepMap, the high-definition mapping startup announced.  The company said its mapping IP will help Nvidia's autonomous vehicle technology sector, Nvidia Drive.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple announces StoreKit 2, simplifying App Store subscriptions and refunds by making them accessible inside apps  —  If you've ever bought a subscription inside an iOS app and later decided you wanted to cancel, upgrade or downgrade, or ask for a refund, you may have had trouble figuring …
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
US launches a task force to develop plans for sharing records on health, driving, demographics, and more with AI researchers while addressing privacy concerns  —  Task force to develop plans for sharing records on health, driving, demographics and more  —  WASHINGTON—The Biden administration launched …
The Economic Times:
Slintel, which offers sales intelligence tools for businesses, raises $20M Series A led by GGV Capital  —  Bengaluru: Slintel, a startup that builds sales intelligence platforms for enterprises, has announced the close of its $20 million Series A funding round, led by GGV Capital.

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