June 7, 2022, 1:35 PM

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Jon Porter / The Verge:
EU lawmakers reach an agreement on legislation that will mandate USB-C on smartphones and other electronic devices, starting in fall 2024, to reduce e-waste  —  A major blow to Apple's Lightning port  —  European Union lawmakers have reached an agreement on legislation that will force …
Tory Newmyer / Washington Post:
Sens. Cynthia Lummis and Kirsten Gillibrand release their draft crypto regulation bill, seeking to empower the CFTC over the SEC, a win for the industry  —  The proposal would hand crypto oversight to the CFTC, which the sector views as friendlier than the SEC
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
An in-depth look at Apple's M2 chip: 20B transistors, up from 16B in M1 and 15B in A15, alongside a 10-core GPU, up from an 8-core in M1, and 8K video decoding  —  Though primarily a software-focused event, Apple's WWDC keynotes are often stage for an interesting hardware announcement or two as well …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple adds support in iOS 16 for Nintendo's Joy-Cons and Pro Controller for Switch, expanding on support for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X controllers  —  While not advertised on Apple's website, it has been discovered that iOS 16 adds support for the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons and Pro Controller.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
iOS 16 beta code shows multiple references to an always-on display, a feature rumored for the iPhone 14 Pro models  —  iOS 16 was announced yesterday at WWDC 2022, with one of the biggest changes being a completely redesigned Lock Screen.  You can now customize your iPhone's Lock Screen …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
MongoDB announces “Queryable Encryption”, which it says will let users search data that remains encrypted, available in preview as part of MongoDB 6.0  —  MongoDB claims its new “Queryable Encryption” lets users search their databases while sensitive data stays encrypted.
Patrick Radden Keefe / New Yorker:
An in-depth look at attempts by the US to prosecute hot-headed coder Joshua Schulte, who allegedly leaked the CIA's hacking arsenal, ahead of his June 13 trial  —  A hot-headed coder is accused of exposing the agency's hacking arsenal.  Did he betray his country because he was pissed off at his colleagues?
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
TikTok announces TikTok Avatars, similar to Snap's Bitmoji and Apple's Memoji, letting users customize their appearance, add voice effects, and more  —  TikTok announced today that it's launching a new Avatars feature that is designed to help users showcase their individuality on the app.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Apple replaces the Dark Sky API with WeatherKit, which will let developers create apps for Android and Apple's operating systems using its weather data  —  At WWDC 2022 today, Apple finally announced a Weather app for the iPad but, more importantly, a detailed WeatherKit to replace …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Stefanie Marotta / Bloomberg:
Shopify investors grant CEO Tobi Lütke a “founder share”, ensuring him 40%+ voting power under certain conditions, and approve a 10:1 stock split  —  Shopify Inc. investors have agreed to grant Chief Executive Officer Tobi Lutke special voting rights, securing his influence …
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Andrew Orr / AppleInsider:
macOS Ventura will include Continuity Camera, which lets an iPhone act as a webcam, using the Wide Angle lens for Center Stage and the Ultra Wide for Desk View  —  Announced at the 2022 WWDC, Apple is adding a feature for the iPhone to natively act as a webcam in macOS Ventura for users of iOS 16.
Siobhan Roberts / New York Times:
Study: Bitcoin transactions show 64 key players mined most of the cryptocurrency in its first two years, contrary to the ethos of decentralized crypto  —  In myth, the cryptocurrency is egalitarian, decentralized and all but anonymous.  The reality is very different, scientists have found.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Take Blip, an enterprise customer messaging service, raises a $70M Series B led by Warburg Pincus, bringing its total funding to $170M  —  Take Blip, an online messaging platform for businesses, today announced that it raised $70 million in a Series B round led by Warburg Pincus.
Sources: the SEC is probing Binance and its 2017 ICO of BNB, now the world's fifth biggest token, on whether BNB is a security that should have been registered  —  US regulators are investigating whether Binance Holdings Ltd. broke securities rules by selling digital tokens just as the crypto exchange …
Lukasz Olejnik / Wired:
How Ukrainian civilians are helping the army using apps, blurring the lines between civilians and soldiers, raising questions of international humanitarian law  —  In Ukraine, civilians are valiantly assisting the army via apps—and challenging a tenet of international law in the process.

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