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June 24, 2021, 3:35 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces Windows 11, with a simplified UI, new Windows store, Start menu, Teams integrated into taskbar, and more, available free to Windows 10 users  —  A new version of Windows is officially on the way  —  Microsoft is officially confirming the name for the next release of Windows today: Windows 11.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it is bringing Android apps to Windows 11 through Amazon's app store  —  A surprise addition to Windows 11  —  Microsoft is bringing Android apps to Windows 11.  The software giant revealed its surprise Windows 11 addition during its special Windows event today.
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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 …
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 …
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
Eva Mathews / Reuters:
The Teamsters, one of the largest labor unions in the US, votes to support, fund, and supply resources to employees of Amazon in their unionization efforts  —  The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a labor union in the United States and Canada, said on Thursday it has voted to formalize …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Google and Jio Platforms announce JioPhone Next, an “affordable” phone running an optimized version of Android, launching in India on September 10; price TBD  —  Jio Platforms, run by India's richest man (Mukesh Ambani), and Google on Thursday unveiled the JioPhone Next …
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 …
Anthony Reuben / BBC:
EE says it will add a £2 roaming charge in Europe for new customers starting January 2022, the first UK operator to reintroduce roaming charges after Brexit  —  Mobile operator EE will charge new UK customers extra to use their mobile phones in Europe from January.
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:
Software design company Figma raises $200M at a valuation of $10B, quintupling its valuation since last year  —  Software design company Figma Inc. has raised fresh funding at a valuation of $10 billion, quintupling its pricetag since last year.  The company, which allows customers …
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
BuzzFeed announces plans to go public via SPAC merger, targeting a $1.5B valuation, and will acquire digital publisher Complex Networks for $300M  —  BuzzFeed, a 15-year-old digital media company, announced Thursday it plans to go public via a merger with a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sanity, which lets users repurpose and use content assets across a number of platforms, raises $39M Series B led by ICONIQ, bringing its total raised to $51.8M  —  Content is king, as the saying goes.  But in actual fact, a lot of what companies do today with content, and thus the power of that content …
More: FinSMEs and Sanity.ioThanks:@selviano
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 …

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