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June 12, 2021, 12:35 PM

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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
House lawmakers introduce five bipartisan bills to limit anticompetitive practices of tech giants like Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook  —  The proposals could reshape the tech industry as we know it  —  On Friday, House Democrats introduced five new bills meant to chip away at the power …
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New York Times:
The DOJ's opaque subpoena of Apple during the Russia probe highlights the tension tech companies face in obliging law enforcement and protecting users' privacy  —  Apple, Google and Microsoft have been plunged into a political firestorm as they have contended with law enforcement requests to hand over information.
Steve Kovach / CNBC:
Apple says it didn't know DOJ was asking for House Democrats' data when it complied with subpoena; Microsoft also received and complied with a similar subpoena  —  - Apple on Friday said it didn't know former President Donald Trump's Department of Justice was subpoenaed data on Democrats when it complied with the request.
Ian Hamilton / UploadVR:
Facebook buys BigBox VR, the maker of VR battle royale title POPULATION: ONE, in its fifth VR game development studio acquisition  —  Facebook acquired another VR shooter game development studio with the purchase of BigBox VR, the creator of battle royale title POPULATION: ONE.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Honeywell merges its quantum computing business with Cambridge Quantum to form a new joint venture; Honeywell will hold a majority stake and invest $270M-$300M  —  Honeywell, which only recently announced its entry into the quantum computing race, and Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQ) …
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Avaddon ransomware gang releases decryption keys for 2,934 of its victims and is likely shutting down due to increased scrutiny by governments around the world  —  The Avaddon ransomware gang has shut down operation and released the decryption keys for their victims to BleepingComputer.com.
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Google commits to involve UK's competition and privacy regulators in the development of its Privacy Sandbox proposals to replace third-party cookies on Chrome  —  - Google will give the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority a say in its plans to replace third-party cookies on Chrome.
Kevin Beaumont / DoublePulsar:
About Facebook:
Facebook unveils TextStyleBrush, an AI project that can copy the style of text in a photo using just a single word and can edit and replace text in images  —  - We're introducing TextStyleBrush, an AI research project that can copy the style of text in a photo using just a single word.
Marty Swant / Forbes:
SurveyMonkey rebrands as Momentive as it looks to expand its growing enterprise business; SurveyMonkey will retain its branding for its consumer-facing business  —  It's not every day that a company is able to use its own tools to measure and mold its own identity.

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