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June 29, 2021, 2:20 PM

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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft and Open AI build GitHub Copilot, an AI-based tool to recommend code to software developers in almost any programming language  —  - GitHub, GitHub's parent company Microsoft and OpenAI have teamed up to deliver a tool that comes up with source code for programmers to use as they work.
Bloomberg:
Worldcoin, cofounded by Sam Altman, raises $25M, plans a cryptocurrency belonging to all people on earth, and is making a device to ID recipients via iris scan  —  Sam Altman has a new startup that intends to give a special type of cryptocurrency to every person on earth.
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Source: Apple is on track to spend ~$300M on Google Cloud storage services in 2021, up ~50% from 2020, dwarfing ByteDance, Spotify, and other large customers  —  Apple executives have taken swipes at Google in the past over its privacy practices.  But the iPhone maker trusts Google enough …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
After hackers wiped many of Western Digital's My Book Live devices, a look at the code suggests the manufacturer had removed authentication code  —  Western Digital removed code that would have prevented the wiping of petabytes of data.  —  Last week's mass-wiping of Western Digital …
CNN:
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says all Play Store developer accounts will need to enable 2-Step Verification, provide an address, and verify their contact details later this year  —  To improve developer security on the Play Store, Google is requiring those that develop for Android to abide by 2-Step Verification …
Kris Holt / Engadget:
HP unveils the 13.3-inch Pavilion Aero 13, its lightest consumer laptop, weighing under 1KG with a 90% screen-to-body ratio, starting at $749, available in July  —  HP has unveiled the Pavilion Aero 13, which is the company's lightest consumer laptop yet.  The device weighs less than a kilogram …
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Sources and docs: as part of contracts, Amazon has made 80+ deals for stakes in suppliers, often at below-market prices, a sign of how it leverages its power  —  Certain suppliers are asked to give Amazon the right to buy shares at potentially lower-than-market rates as part of their contract
Reuters:
TP ICAP, the world's largest interdealer broker, says it is launching a cryptocurrency trading platform with Fidelity Investments and Standard Chartered  —  TP ICAP (TCAPI.L), the world's biggest interdealer broker, is launching a cryptocurrency trading platform with Fidelity Investments …
Marcella McCarthy / TechCrunch:
Gympass, a corporate fitness app that gives employees access to 50,000+ gyms, raises $220M Series E at a $2.2B valuation, twice its previous valuation  —  Gympass, the exercise and corporate wellness unicorn that originated in Brazil, today announced a $220 million Series E. The company …
World Health Organization: WHO:
WHO publishes its first global report on AI in health care, a 2-year effort, with six guiding principles for its design and use, like protecting human autonomy  —  Growing use of AI for health presents governments, providers, and communities with opportunities and challenges
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Neeva, a $4.95/month ad-free search engine from two ex-Google executives, launches after raising $77.5M  —  Sridhar Ramaswamy and Vivek Raghunathan helped turn Google into an ad giant.  Now they're starting over with a service whose only customers are its users.  —  A new search engine?
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Studies have found that certain neighborhoods across the US that were redlined in the past are the same areas without fast home internet service today  —  Communities that couldn't get mortgage loans in the 1940s are the same areas without fast home internet service today.  There's no easy fix.
TechCrunch:
Duolingo files for US IPO, reveals revenue growth of 129% YoY in 2020, and reports $55.4M in revenue during Q1 2021  —  The edtech unicorn reveals 129% 2020 revenue growth  —  Duolingo, a Pittsburgh-based language learning business last valued at $2.4 billion, has officially filed to go public.
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
NHTSA says it will require that companies like Tesla and Waymo report incidents involving driver-assistance and automated systems within one day  —  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said companies must report incidents within one day of learning of a crash.

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