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June 19, 2021, 2:40 AM

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Mercury News:
California launches a digital vaccine verification system built using the open-source SMART Health Card Framework, with QR codes to show COVID-19 vaccine status  —  Vaccinated Californians now have a new way to show they are inoculated against the coronavirus without carrying around a flimsy paper card.
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:
YouTube says it is rolling out picture-in-picture support for YouTube Premium users on iOS and plans to launch the feature for all iOS users in the US  —  After a long wait, YouTube for iOS is officially gaining picture-in-picture support, allowing all users, non-premium and premium subscribers …
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Interview with Rep. Cicilline on his bipartisan package taking on Big Tech, Apple's DOJ subpoena, Facebook's platform lock-in, and acquisition and merger reform  —  Representative David Cicilline's bipartisan package takes aim at tech companies and would be the biggest antitrust reform in decades.
Alex Kantrowitz / Big Technology:
The Platform Competition and Opportunity Act, which ends Big Tech acquisitions, could backfire in several ways, like discouraging startups' productive behavior  —  Congress wants to stop most Big Tech acquisitions.  But that won't neccesarily increase competition.  —  5 hr ago
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Roku says from May 20 to June 3, more Roku viewers streamed a Roku Original than Quibi users who streamed Quibi shows during the nine months of Quibi's lifetime  —  Roku has revealed viewership data for its original programming, much of which was powered by the acquisition of Quibi's library last January.
Brandon Kochkodin / Bloomberg:
PitchBook: $17B have been invested in crypto startups this year, including $10B of digital assets from Block.one to capitalize crypto exchange Bullish Global  —  - VC funds already eclipsed annual amount for crypto investments  — $10 billion Bullish Global raise largest in industry history
Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:
WH unveils new US broadband map that uses data from FCC, Ookla, Microsoft, and more, showing a greater gap in internet access, as it pushes for more spending  —  The Biden administration Thursday unveiled a new mapping tool that shows much greater gaps in use of high-speed internet service across …
Hugh Son / CNBC:
Goldman Sachs has begun trading bitcoin futures in partnership with Mike Novogratz's merchant bank Galaxy Digital  —  - The bank has begun trading bitcoin futures with Galaxy Digital, the crypto investment firm founded by Mike Novogratz, CNBC has learned exclusively.
Rest of World:
Koo, the Indian microblogging app that has positioned itself as a government-friendly alternative to Twitter in India, is taking a similar approach in Nigeria  —  The Indian microblogging app has built a partisan audience in India by supporting government restrictions on social platforms.

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