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July 1, 2021, 12:00 PM

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Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
Google updates its Passes API to let users store COVID vaccine cards on Android devices, starting in the US, and says it won't keep a copy of user's information  —  Google has announced today that Google Pay is now capable of saving and displaying COVID-19 vaccination cards on Android …
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Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Adam Mosseri says Instagram plans to test video more broadly, calls TikTok and YouTube competitors, and says Instagram is “no longer a photo-sharing app”  —  - Facebook's head of Instagram said the service plans to start showing users full-screen, recommended videos in their feeds.
Austin Carr / Bloomberg:
Documents and interviews detail how a junior Microsoft engineer exploited a bug to generate Xbox gift card codes worth $10.1M+ before his arrest in Nov. 2020  —  The Xbox gift card came with a string of 25 letters and numbers.  The digits, known as a 5x5 code, were sent in an email …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
NSA, FBI, and others say Russian hacking group Fancy Bear has been using Kubernetes to run brute force attacks on US and foreign organizations since mid-2019  —  US and UK cybersecurity agencies said today that a Russian military cyber unit has been behind a series of brute-force attacks …
Thomas Claburn / The Register:
Sources: IBM's company-wide email migration, 18 months in the making, has left many employees unable to use email or schedule calendar events for several days  —  IBM's planned company-wide email migration has gone off the rails, leaving many employees unable to use email or schedule calendar events.
Jonathan Zittrain / The Atlantic:
A look at link rot, and projects like Perma, which are trying to give authors of enduring documents like scholarly papers a way to preserve links permanently  —  Sixty years ago the futurist Arthur C. Clarke observed that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
David Ingram / NBC News:
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking Florida's Stop Social Media Censorship Act from going into effect, which was scheduled for Thursday  —  A federal judge Wednesday put on hold a first-of-its-kind law in Florida that authorized the state to penalize social media companies …
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:
Paper, which provides educational software to K-12 schools in the US and Canada, raises $100M Series C led by IVP  —  For edtech startups, it's always been easier to go direct-to-consumer than it is to sell into school districts.  The latter has stodgy and strict sales cycles …
More: Forbes
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
TikTok is rolling out longer videos of up to three minutes, up from one minute, to all users over the coming weeks, after testing them since December  —  Now up to three minutes  —  TikToks are about to get longer.  The app is now rolling out the ability for everyone to publish videos …
Ercan Ersoy / Bloomberg:
Hepsiburada.com, one of Turkey's largest online shopping services, raises $470M in its Nasdaq IPO at a $3.9B valuation  —  - E-commerce platform gets $738 million from IPO of 20% stake  — Franklin Resources still backs the firm even as it cuts stake  —  Hepsiburada.com was valued …
More: PR Newswire and Reuters
Politico:
Around 130 countries, including all G20 nations, agree to a global tax deal, aimed at world's 100 biggest companies and setting minimum corporate rates at 15%  —  Major economies like France and the US signed up, while low-tax regimes including Ireland and Barbados balked.
Matt Day / Bloomberg:
Days before Bezos steps aside, Amazon adds two points to its 14 corporate values, requiring staff to consider welfare of coworkers and society at large  —  - Workers now required to consider employee welfare, society  — Employees are hired, evaluated on how they conform to list
Aria Alamalhodaei / TechCrunch:
Ghost Locomotion, which develops highway self-driving and crash prevention technology, raises $100M Series D led by Sutter Hill  —  Autonomous driving system developer Ghost Locomotion has raised a $100 million Series D funding round, led by Sutter Hill Ventures.
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook, Google, Twitter, and TikTok sign up to pledge led by WWWF, to overhaul their moderation systems to tackle the abuse of women on their platforms  —  Facebook, Google, Twitter and TikTok commit to overhaul their platform's moderation systems  —  Four of the world's largest social networks …

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