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June 23, 2021, 8:30 AM

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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Twitter opens applications to test Ticketed Spaces and Super Follows for a small number of users, who will keep 97% of revenue after the IAP cut if making <$50K  —  Users initially keep 97 percent of their revenue  —  Twitter is opening applications for a limited test of its Super Follows and Ticketed Spaces features.
Reuters:
DOJ says it has seized 36 Iranian media websites and sites for groups affiliated with Iran that are linked to Iranian disinformation for violating US sanctions  —  The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday it seized 36 Iranian-linked websites, many of them associated with either disinformation activities …
Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
Apple says allowing users to download apps directly onto their iPhones without having to use the App Store would harm customers by damaging privacy and security  —  Company says allowing users to download software onto their iPhones without using the App Store jeopardizes protections
Bloomberg:
Microsoft has become the second public US company to reach a $2T market value, after Apple did in August 2020 and two years after hitting its first $1T in value  —  - Shares of the software giant have gained 19% so far this year  — Only Apple and Saudi Aramco had hit $2 trillion in value
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Privacy browser Brave launches a non-tracking search engine in beta, at search.brave.com, to offer an “all in one” alternative to Google Search and Chrome  —  Pro-privacy browser Brave, which has been testing its own brand search engine for several months — operating a waitlist where brave …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Facebook says it is working on visual search for Instagram shopping to help users find info on products in images, and Shops is coming to WhatsApp, Marketplace  —  Facebook is working on visual search technology for Instagram as it doubles down on shopping features throughout its platform.
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google, shifting to a hybrid workplace, debuts a Work Location Tool for staff to apply for an office move or to become fully remote and see how salaries change  —  Google on Tuesday rolled out a tool for its employees to request office changes or apply to become fully remote workers …
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Tiernan Ray / ZDNet:
Intel forms an Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics unit, and a Software and Advanced Technology unit, as part of the company's ongoing reorg  —  Intel's head of GPUs, Raja Koduri, will run the accelerated computing business, Sandra Rivera will run Xeon chips operations …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Vercel, which develops the popular open-source Next.js React framework, raises $102M Series C led by Bedrock Capital at a $1.1B valuation  —  Vercel, the company behind the popular open-source Next.js React framework, today announced that it has raised a $102 million Series C funding round led by Bedrock Capital.
Cam Wilson / Crikey:
Australia's controversial Online Security Bill is about to become law, expanding the eSafety Commissioner's ability to censor the internet  —  The controversial Online Safety Bill will give broad censorship powers to the eSafety commissioner, and experts warn that it could harm those it purports to save.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Patreon CEO Jack Conte on its relationship with Apple and exception from App Store's 30% cut, supporting creators across platforms, and more  —  Today's guest on Decoder is Jack Conte, the co-founder and CEO of Patreon, a platform that allows people to pay their favorite creators directly …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Hong Kong's on-demand logistics and delivery firm Lalamove has filed confidentially for a US IPO, looking to raise at least $1B  —  - Logistics firm has filed confidentially for U.S. share sale  — Lalamove was raising funds at $8 billion valuation last year
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Israeli startup Mitiga, which helps companies manage cloud security, raises $25M Series A led by ClearSky Security, Atlantic Bridge, and DNX  —  Israeli cloud security startup Mitiga has raised $25 million in a Series A round of funding as it moves to “completely change” the traditional incident response market.
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:
Sprinklr, which builds tools to help brands interact with customers online, raises $266M in US IPO at about a $4B valuation  —  - New York-based company valued at $4 billion after pricing IPO  — Sprinklr prices shares at $16, below marketed range of $18-$20
Quynh Nguyen / DealStreetAsia:
South Korea-based VoyagerX, which develops AI software, raises $27M Series A from investors including SoftBank Ventures Asia and Altos Ventures  —  SoftBank Ventures Asia has participated in a $27 million Series A funding round in VoyagerX, a South Korea-based artificial intelligence (AI) …
Mark Nottingham / mnot's blog:
How recent actions against Big Tech in the US, UK, and EU could inadvertently lead to more fragmentation and ossification of the internet  —  A big change in how the Internet is defined - and who defines it - is underway.  —  For a while now, it's been apparent that Internet and Web standards have stagnated at the ‘top’ of the stack.
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the FTC will review Amazon's proposed acquisition of MGM, just as the commission gets a new chairwoman who has been critical of Amazon's expansion  —  Commission secures antitrust review after talks with Justice Department, and as Amazon critic Lina Khan takes the FTC's helm

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