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June 14, 2021, 12:30 PM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to launch a faster Watch with improved connectivity and screen this year, plus an entry-level model and an extreme sports model next year  —  - Updated screens and performance this year, new functions later  — New entry-level and extreme sports models planned for 2022
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google makes Workspace and Chat available to all and adds client-side encryption for data on Workspace  —  That's over three billion potential users  —  Google is announcing some changes to its Workspace suite of apps and services today, including availability for anybody who has a Google account.
New York Times:
Sources: Apple turned over data to the DOJ about Trump's White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II in 2018 after being subpoenaed; Apple told McGahn last month  —  The company notified Donald F. McGahn II last month that it had been subpoenaed for his account information three years ago.
Brad Smith / Washington Post:
Secret gag orders imposed by the US government on tech companies must stop, as they abuse citizens' fundamental freedoms and are no longer even used sparingly  —  Brad Smith is the president of Microsoft.  —  The past seven days marked another bad week for the collision between technology and democracy.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Review of the new $150 Beats Studio Buds: comfortable design and good sound quality but poor ANC, and some AirPods features are missing like audio sharing  —  Beats tried to do a lot at once — probably too much — with its new earbuds  —  The new Studio Buds are Beats' second pair …
Maggie Macdonald / The Walrus:
Deepfakes, which are predominantly being used to produce porn, are thriving because the stigma of porn has made it difficult for sex workers to protect their IP  —  But revenge porn and IP theft are the more pressing threats  —  OVER THE PAST three years, celebrities have been appearing across social media in improbable scenarios.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
In a letter to SEC chair, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, Intel, and others urge SEC to require mandatory disclosures on climate-related matters to shareholders  —  - A group of seven tech companies urged the Securities and Exchange Commission to require businesses to regularly disclose climate-related matters to their shareholders.
More: Engadget and SEC

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