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July 2, 2021, 1:00 AM

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Dan Primack / Axios:
Robinhood files for long-awaited IPO, says it will set aside up to 35% of shares for retail investors  —  Popular trading app Robinhood on Thursday filed for its initial public offering, and disclosed that it will set aside up to 35% of shares for retail investors who rarely get to buy at a company's IPO price.
Maggie Fitzgerald / CNBC:
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter shows off new features it is testing including a way to tweet only to a group of trusted friends, ability to tweet under different “personas”, and more  —  Twitter has a history of sharing feature and design ideas it's considering at very early stages of development.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
New Facebook test prompt asks users if someone they know might be “becoming an extremist”; another notifies users who may have been exposed to extremist content  —  New York (CNN Business)Some Facebook (FB) users in the United States are being served a prompt that asks …
Jason Snell / Six Colors:
As Apple releases macOS Monterey public beta, an in-depth look at Focus, iCloud Private Relay, Safari's revamped UI, FaceTime, SharePlay, and other new features  —  If there's a theme of Apple's operating-system releases in 2021, it's platform unification.  This development is most significant …
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 …
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 …
Politico:
Former Trump spokesman Jason Miller leads GETTR, a Twitter-like service that bills itself as a “non-bias social network”, in the newest pro-MAGA tech venture  —  Former President Donald Trump's team quietly launched a new social media platform on Thursday, billing it as an alternative to Big Tech sites.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to test a hybrid in-store and work-from-home arrangement for retail employees later this year under a pilot program dubbed Retail Flex  —  - Company to pilot “Retail Flex” program for employees this year  — Apple earlier asked office workers to return three days a week
Mark Haranas / CRN:
HPE says it will acquire Zerto, developer of automated software for helping clients recover from unplanned data loss, for $374M in cash  —  'Zerto's market-leading cloud data management and protection software expands HPE GreenLake cloud data services, allowing customers to protect their data …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
FTC passes new measures expanding its power to regulate anti-competitive business practices, in its first open business meeting in more than 20 years  —  The first open business meeting of the Federal Trade Commission in more than 20 years  —  In an open meeting on Thursday …
Kristie Neo / DealStreetAsia:
Singapore-based SCI Ecommerce, which helps customers like Unilever and Nestle build an ecommerce presence in Southeast Asia and China, raises $65.4M  —  Southeast Asia's cross-border e-commerce enabler SCI Ecommerce has closed an S$88 million ($65.4 million) financing round after raising fresh capital …
Jane Lee / Reuters:
Online marketplace bolttech, which allows insurance companies to team up to offer products otherwise not possible, raises $180M Series A at $1B+ valuation  —  Insurance tech startup bolttech on Thursday said it raised $180 million in a funding round, led by private investment firm Activant Capital Group …
Eugene Kim / Insider:
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
Reuters:
Putin signs a law forcing foreign tech companies with a daily audience in Russia of over 500,000 people to open offices in the country by 2022  —  President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that obliges foreign social media giants to open offices in Russia, a document published by the government …
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%  —  The world's largest economies agreed Thursday to sweeping changes to the global tax system, despite staunch opposition …
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.
Saqib Shah / Engadget:
Facebook makes its free cloud gaming service for desktop and Android available to 98% of mainland US, partners with Ubisoft to host its mobile gaming titles  —  Oculus VR and livestreams, Facebook's gaming ambitions also include the cloud.  Today, the company is making free game streaming available …

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