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June 23, 2021, 10:05 AM

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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
Michael Grothaus / Fast Company:
Apple's head of user privacy says sideloading is actually “eliminating choice” and would negate technical and policy defenses  —  Recently there have been growing calls for Apple to allow third-party app stores for the iOS and iPadOS platforms, which would enable a process known as …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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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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.
Rebecca Ratcliffe / The Guardian:
Rights Group Global Witness study finds Facebook is promoting content that incites violence against Myanmar's coup protesters and amplifies junta misinformation  —  Posts ranging from wanted posters to death threats remain online for months, breaching platform's own standards
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 …
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:
CipherTrace, which helps track crypto crimes and sells compliance tools, raises $27.1M Series B  —  The hedge funder's latest crypto bet adds fuel to CipherTrace's growing crypto compliance and investigations business.  —  CipherTrace, a security firm that tracks crypto crimes …
Tracy Qu / South China Morning Post:
Kuaishou now has 1B monthly active users globally, joining rivals ByteDance and Tencent, including on its Kwai and Snack Video apps  —  China's No 2 short video-sharing app operator joins rival ByteDance and Tencent as internet platforms with 1 billion monthly active users Kuaishou's tally covers …
More: TechCrunch
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

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