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June 30, 2021, 11:30 AM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: amid escalating rivalry, neither Google nor Microsoft are keen to renew a recently-expired truce to not use their lobbying firepower against each other  —  A non-aggression pact forged by their CEOs expired in April, threatening to add fuel to industry's antitrust battles
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
While a judge dismissing FTC's suit against Facebook was a setback, experts say the 30-day window to refile and prove Facebook has a monopoly should be enough  —  A judge dealt the Federal Trade Commission a setback this week in its quest to break the company up—but also provided a roadmap for how to proceed.
Scott Rosenberg / Axios:
Gerrit De Vynck / Washington Post:
GAO report finds 20 out of 42 federal agencies surveyed use facial recognition tech and sheds light on how deeply the tech is integrated into federal agencies  —  Black Lives Matter protesters, Jan. 6 rioters and regular travelers are among those targeted by agencies using the tech, including the IRS and the Postal Service
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Shopify drops Shopify App Store's cut to 0% on devs' first $1M in revenue, says app developer partners earned $233M in 2020, more than 2018 and 2019 combined  —  Following similar moves by Apple, Google, and more recently Amazon, among others, e-commerce platform Shopify announced today it's …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Facebook unveils Bulletin, its Substack newsletter competitor, but is not yet accepting signups and says it won't take a cut of creators' revenue “at launch”  —  Facebook won't take a cut ‘at launch’  —  Facebook is getting into the subscription newsletter game.
Evan Ratliff / Bloomberg:
Investigation of Ray Hushpuppi, a Nigerian influencer with a lavish lifestyle, who authorities say mastered business email compromise attacks, netting millions  —  For Ramon Abbas, the Instagram influencer popularly known as Ray Hushpuppi, @hushpuppi, Hush, or the Billionaire Gucci Master, birthdays were always a time for reflection.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft and OpenAI announce 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.
Aria Alamalhodaei / TechCrunch:
Drone delivery startup Zipline raises $250M at a $2.75B valuation to further its expansion in Africa and the US  —  Drone delivery startup Zipline, a company that got its start delivering medical supplies across Africa, has raised $250 million in new funding.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
ServiceTitan, which offers SaaS products for tradespeople and is used by over 100,000 contractors, raises $200M Series G at a $9.5B valuation  —  With a lot of us spending more time at home these days, home improvement has continued to be a booming market.  Now, one of the big players in that space …
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Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Twitter says it fixed a bug that caused some users to lose access to its “Latest” chronological feed option on the web  —  Update: Twitter's Kayvon Beykpour says this is a bug that it's working on fixing.  The Twitter Support account says the fix is rolled out.
Varun Mishra / Counterpoint Research:
iPhone 12 series sales crossed 100M globally in April 2021, seven months after launch, two months faster than iPhone 11; iPhone 12 Pro Max had a 29% sales share  —  Beijing, San Diego, Buenos Aires, London, New Delhi, Seoul - June 30, 2021  —  Exactly 14 years ago, Apple disrupted …

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