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June 14, 2021, 10:15 AM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is planning to launch a faster Watch with improved connectivity and screen this year, and an entry-level and extreme sports models next year  —  - Updated screens and performance this year, new functions later  — New entry-level and extreme sports models planned for 2022
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.
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.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: many Apple US stores will drop mask requirement for vaccinated customers as soon as Tuesday; mask requirement to be dropped at some Cupertino offices  —  Apple Inc. plans to drop its mask requirement for vaccinated customers at many U.S. stores beginning next week …
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.
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.
Dan Rose / @danrose999:
[Thread] Former Facebook employee, now Coatue Management Chairman, shares his experiences working with Mark Zuckerberg during Facebook's early days  —  In my experience the best founders develop a fighter mentality. Mark Zuckerberg was a fighter, and without that mentality Facebook would never have achieved its full potential. Here's what I saw over 13 years working for Zuck:
Ruth Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Germany adopts legislation aiming to end its status as a haven for patent litigators, who have increasingly targeted tech companies  —  New legislation aims to end the country's status as a haven for patent litigators who have targeted tech companies  —  BERLIN—Germany on Friday removed …
Paul Vigna / Wall Street Journal:
Companies with bitcoin on their balance sheets face an accounting risk as they often have to record impairment charges when its value falls  —  Tesla and other companies that hold the notoriously volatile cryptocurrency often must record impairment charges when its value falls
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Sources: UK government is planning far-reaching reforms to protect public service media by reducing Google, Amazon, and Samsung's bargaining power  —  Ministers want to ensure prominence of channels such as BBC and ITV on smart televisions  —  Google, Amazon and Samsung's bargaining power …

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