June 9, 2023, 1:40 AM

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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Chris Cox showed Meta's employees its “response to Twitter”, an Instagram-based text app that integrates with ActivityPub; docs: the app could be called Threads  —  One of Meta's top executives showed employees a preview of the company's upcoming Twitter competitor during …
Alex Heath / The Verge:
At an all-hands, Zuckerberg addressed Apple's Vision Pro unveiling, saying “that could be the vision of the future of computing” but “not the one that I want”  —  / Zuckerberg directly addressed Apple's Vision Pro unveiling in a meeting with Meta employees today …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Mark Zuckerberg shared with employees Meta's plan to add generative AI text, image, and video tools to its products, such as Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram  —  Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a plan to employees on Thursday that will see it put generative AI text …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apollo's developer plans to shut down the Reddit client on June 30, saying “Reddit's recent decisions and actions” make it impossible for Apollo to continue  —  Popular third-party Reddit app Apollo will be shutting down as of June 30, Apollo developer Christian Selig announced today.
Emily Chang / Bloomberg:
Evan Williams says he was “sad” when Elon Musk bought Twitter after thinking the idea was “interesting and fun” and Musk hasn't “dialed it in quite right yet”  —  Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, who watched Elon Musk's advances on the company in 2022 with great interest …
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
Tech entrepreneurs who left the Bay Area during the pandemic are returning, saying they can't miss out on the funding, hackathons, and networking of the AI boom  —  Tech entrepreneurs who left the Bay Area during the pandemic say they can't afford to miss out on the funding …
David Pierce / The Verge:
WhatsApp announces Channels, a one-to-many broadcast feature as “a private way to follow what matters”, and plans to add payment and other monetization services  —  June 8, 2023 … The newest feature in WhatsApp brings a very different kind of messaging to the world's most popular chat app.
A group of about 120 Google contract workers from Accenture is seeking to unionize with the Alphabet Workers Union, saying Alphabet is a “joint employer”  —  A group of Alphabet Inc. contract workers are launching a unionization campaign, saying they need a greater voice …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
EvenUp, which uses AI to generate legal documents for personal injury cases, raised a $50.5M Series B led by Bessemer Venture Partners at a $325M valuation  —  Millions of personal injury cases are settled in the U.S. every year, as few go to trial — but the vast majority are kept under wraps.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Google plans to launch News Showcase, first announced in October 2020, in the US later this summer, alongside partnerships with five local news associations  —  Partner publications include the Wall Street Journal, AP, Reuters and Bloomberg.  —  Google will launch the US edition …
Rahat Sandhu / Reuters:
Binance.US suspends USD deposits and notifies customers that their banking partners are preparing to pause fiat withdrawal channels as early as June 13  —  Binance.US on Thursday said the company is suspending USD deposits while notifying customers that their banking partners are preparing to pause fiat …
John Perrino / Tech Policy Press:
Six US senators reintroduce a bipartisan bill to boost social network transparency, requiring companies to share ad libraries, content moderation stats, more  —  John Perrino is a policy analyst at the Stanford Internet Observatory.  —  The Platform Accountability and Transparency Act …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple Vision Pro impressions after 30 minutes: extraordinary tech, heavier than expected, visionOS navigation is a breakthrough, incredible for sports, and more  —  I got to spend about 30 minutes Monday afternoon using a Vision Pro and VisionOS at Apple Park, in a temporary “field house” …
Colin Wilhelm / The Block:
Court documents: the SEC accuses Binance and Binance.US of redirecting $12B+ in customer assets to entities controlled by co-founder CZ between 2019 and 2021  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission has accused Binance and Binance.US of redirecting over $12 billion in customer assets …
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