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June 9, 2022, 10:15 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft partners with Samsung to launch its Xbox TV app on June 30, letting Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers play Xbox games without a console  —  Samsung's 2022 smart TVs will be the first to get the Xbox app  —  Microsoft is launching its Xbox TV app later this month …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft details Project Moorcroft, designed to bring early game demos to Xbox Game Pass, rolling out within the next year with a focus on indie developers  —  Designed to bring back the excitement of E3 game demos  —  Microsoft is working on Project Moorcroft, a program designed …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Source: Meta halts development of a $349 smartwatch with dual cameras, in the works for two years to launch in 2023, and will focus on other wrist devices  —  Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc. has halted development of a smartwatch with dual cameras and is instead working …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple will handle Apple Pay Later's lending, a first for the company; in-house subsidiary Apple Financing LLC will oversee credit checks and make loan decisions  —  Apple Inc. will handle the lending itself for a new “buy now, pay later” offering, sidestepping partners as the tech giant pushes deeper …
Ryan Broderick / Garbage Day:
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft plans to stop adding noncompete clauses to US employment agreements, drop NDAs from US worker settlements, add salary ranges to US job posts, and more  —  Bending to employee sentiment and legislative mandate, Microsoft announced a series of reforms Wednesday that will curtail …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Source: Twitter's board plans to comply with Elon Musk's demands for internal data on bots by offering access to its full “firehose”, after a weeks-long impasse  —  The billionaire is in a protracted battle with the company over information about spam and fake accounts
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
GitHub is sunsetting Atom, the text editor for developers it launched in 2011, and will archive all projects under the Atom organization on December 15, 2022  —  GitHub today announced that it will sunset Atom, the text editor for software development that the company introduced in 2011.
Washington Post:
Despite Facebook's ban on gun sales, internal guidance shows users can break its rules 10 times before being banned, down to five if they call for violence  —  The company discloses little information about how it enforces its prohibition of firearm sales on the site, leaving its punishment system shrouded in secrecy
Wall Street Journal:
Documents show how Cerebral used social media ads to grow its ADHD drug business, as federal prosecutors look into possible Controlled Substance Act violations  —  The online mental health company surged to a $4.8 billion valuation after it started dispensing ADHD medication …
Andrew Asmakov / Decrypt:
Ethereum's proof-of-stake Merge upgrade goes live on Ropsten, Ethereum's oldest testnet for blockchain development testing before deployment on the mainnet  —  First rolled out in 2016, Ropsten is Ethereum's oldest testnet that allows for blockchain development testing before deployment on the mainnet.
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Experts say the lack of publicly available data makes it difficult to verify claims by Tesla and others about the safety of their autonomous driving tech  —  Automakers and technology companies say they are making driving safer, but verifying these claims is difficult.
Cristina Criddle / Financial Times:
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Bloomberg:
Sources and filings detail Vy Capital, the third-largest backer of Musk's Twitter bid, a secretive firm run by Alexander Tamas, who has links to Yuri Milner  —  Elon Musk's bid for Twitter Inc., which has been upended by the billionaire's threat to walk away, attracted a bevy of big-name backers and Silicon Valley mainstays.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Dell redesigns the $999 XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1, transforming the 2-in-1 into a detachable Surface rival, adding Intel's 12th Gen CPUs, and more  —  While all eyes are on the flashy new XPS 13 Plus, Dell hasn't forgotten about its mainstay premium ultraportable or its convertible cousin.
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Mexico City-based digital bank Klar raises $70M led by General Atlantic at a $500M valuation, following a $70M Series B in July 2021  —  Mexico City-based digital bank Klar has raised $70 million in equity funding at a valuation of $500 million, the startup announced today.
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