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June 30, 2021, 10:00 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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Scott Rosenberg / Axios:
Dismissals of FTC and state AGs suits against Facebook shows the difficulty of making antitrust charges stick and could spur lawmakers to toughen antitrust laws  —  A federal judge's decisions Monday tossed out antitrust lawsuits against Facebook — and threw cold water on the heated campaign …
New York Times:
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.  —  Update 6/29/2021, 9:00 PM: Western Digital …
Madeleine Hodson / PrivacySharks:
Data on 700M LinkedIn users for sale on a forum, with info like names, addresses, inferred salary; LinkedIn says it seems some of the data is from other sources  —  Things are not looking good for LinkedIn right now.  Just two months after a jaw-dropping 500 million profiles from the networking site …
Annabelle Dickson / Politico:
Critics say UK's Online Safety Bill gives disproportionate powers to the government in the name of protecting users, with worrying implications for free speech  —  The Online Safety Bill blurs the line between ministers and the independent regulator, say critics.

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