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June 12, 2021, 12:20 AM

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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.
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.
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.
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.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
EA hackers say they used stolen cookies, bought online for $10, to gain access to EA Slack, and then tricked IT support to give login tokens for EA's network  —  A representative for the hackers explained to Motherboard how the group stole a wealth of data from the game publishing giant.  —  Joseph Cox
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
McDonald's says hackers breached its operations in some markets, exposing some US business info and delivery customer data in South Korea and Taiwan  —  Hack exposed some U.S. business information, customer data in South Korea and Taiwan  —  McDonald's Corp. said hackers stole some data …
Alyse Stanley / Gizmodo:
Jeremy Bogaisky / Forbes:
Larry Page's air taxi company Kitty Hawk buys drone software company 3D Robotics, whose co-founder and ex-Wired editor Chris Anderson will become Kitty Hawk COO  —  Eleven years after Google co-founder Larry Page bankrolled one of the first efforts to develop an electric flying car …
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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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple finally adds support for Windows Precision Touchpad drivers in its latest Boot Camp update but only on Intel Macs with a T2 chip  —  MacBooks running Windows now have much better trackpad support  —  Apple is finally adding support for Windows Precision Touchpad drivers in its latest Boot Camp update.

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