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June 24, 2021, 10:10 AM

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John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
After debate, House committee approves five major antitrust bills, including regulations on user data portability and acquisitions of competitors  —  Tech companies to take the battle over the proposed new regulations and oversight to the House floor and Senate
Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
In a new report, Apple says letting iOS users sideload apps would undermine privacy protections, complicate parental controls, and potentially expose user data  —  Company says allowing users to download software onto their iPhones without using the App Store jeopardizes protections
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Andreessen Horowitz raises $2.2B for its third fund focused on crypto startups and cryptocurrencies  —  - The Silicon Valley venture capital firm just announced a new $2.2 billion cryptocurrency-focused fund.  — “We believe that the next wave of computing innovation will be driven by crypto …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
What to expect from Microsoft's “next generation” Windows event on Thursday: new Windows 11 UI, updated Windows Store, and a focus on productivity and gaming  —  Microsoft's “next generation” of Windows event is taking place later this week, on June 24th at 11AM ET.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Google and Jio Platforms announce JioPhone Next, an affordable phone powered by an optimized version of Android, that will debut in India on September 10  —  Jio Platforms, run by India's richest man (Mukesh Ambani), and Google on Thursday unveiled the JioPhone Next, an affordable Android smartphone …
Lillian Rizzo / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Peacock had fewer than 10M paid subs as of May; Comcast is considering a deal with ViacomCBS or acquiring Roku as it seeks to become a streaming giant  —  The broadband and cable company, which owns NBCUniversal, sticks with its marriage of content and delivery, though AT&T has reversed course
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google will delay plans to block third-party cookies from early 2022 to late 2023, to find ways to protect privacy without hurting ad-dependent publishers  —  Google has delayed a major privacy change to its Chrome browser, pushing back a plan to block third-party cookies until late 2023 …
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
Apple launches App Store search ads in China, five years after launching in the US  —  After launching five years ago in the United States, Apple's search advertising service finally arrived in mainland China this week.  —  The feature, called Apple Search Ads, lets developers bid …
Simon Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Visa buys Sweden-based Tink, which offers open banking APIs used by more than 3,400 banks and financial institutions in Europe, for €1.8B  —  Tink would give Visa a foothold in open banking, which connects consumers to multiple financial institutions  —  Visa Inc. agreed to pay …
Reuters:
John McAfee has died in a Spanish jail cell by suicide according to his lawyer, hours after news that he would be extradited to face federal charges in the US  —  Antivirus creator John McAfee, 75, was found dead in his prison cell in Barcelona after the Spanish high court had authorised …
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
Adobe: total US e-commerce sales during Prime Day exceeded $11B; Amazon says Prime Day was the biggest two-day sales period for 3rd party sellers in its history  —  New York (CNN Business)Shoppers aren't showing any signs of getting tired of Amazon Prime Day, even though some sellers …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
JW Player, a video streaming and analytics service used by major companies like Viacom, raises $100M Series E from LLR Partners  —  Where does your enterprise stand on the AI adoption curve?  Take our AI survey to find out.  —  JW Player, a video streaming and analytics platform …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Instagram says it will test mixing suggested posts throughout primary feeds, even above posts from people users follow, and adds new controls  —  A priority on algorithm-chosen content  —  Instagram says reception to its “suggested posts” feature has been so positive that it's launching a new test …
David Cox / Wired UK:
DeepMind partners with Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, after its AlphaFold AI had considerable success in finding new treatments for sleeping sickness  —  In 2020, DeepMind solved one of biology's biggest challenges.  Now it's working on using its AI to find drugs to target neglected diseases
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