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The day's tech news, every day at 5pm. From Techmeme.com, Silicon Valley's most-read news source. 15 minutes and you're up to date.

    Thu. 07/02 – ALL of Silicon Valley (kinda) Has A Date With Washington

    Thu. 07/02 – ALL of Silicon Valley (kinda) Has A Date With Washington

    Zuckerberg has told Facebook staff he’s not overly worried about the boycotts. The Fab 4 CEOs of the biggest tech companies (minus Microsoft) all have a date to testify before Congress later this month. Police hacked an encrypted phone network popular with mafia types and the results won’t surprise you. And also, the weekend longreads suggestions. 

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    Links: Zuckerberg Tells Facebook Staff He Expects Advertisers to Return ‘Soon Enough’ (The Information) Apple CEO Tim Cook agrees to testify in House antitrust investigation (Apple Insider) Facebook is shutting down Lasso, its TikTok clone (TechCrunch) How Police Secretly Took Over a Global Phone Network for Organized Crime (Motherboard)


    Weekend Longreads Suggestions: Mirror Wanted to Be the Next iPhone. Instead, It’s Selling to Lululemon. (Marker) There are more streaming choices than ever — why are prices going up? (The Verge) Apple’s Relentless Strategy, Execution, and Point of View (Learn By Shipping) Strategy Behind Blockbuster Grubhub Deal: Don’t Deliver (WSJ) Networks of self-driving trucks are becoming a reality in the US (recode) Did a Chinese Hack Kill Canada’s Greatest Tech Company? (Bloomberg Businessweek) Disney's Developed Movie-Quality Face-Swapping Technology That Promises to Change Filmmaking (Gizmodo)

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    Wed. 07/01 – YouTube TV Has Recreated The TV Bundle At Essentially The Same Price Point

    Wed. 07/01 – YouTube TV Has Recreated The TV Bundle At Essentially The Same Price Point

    The reckoning for social media ad spend might be hitting critical mass. Spotify gets more affordable for couples. YouTube TV gets more expensive for everyone. Apple IS struggling with iPhone 5G delays, but it SHOULDN’T delay things into 2021. And when will Silicon Valley offices reopen? Not anytime soon, it sounds like.

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    Links: Facebook frustrates advertisers as boycott over hate speech kicks off (Reuters)Third of top brands likely to suspend social media spending, survey finds (Financial Times) Spotify brings its Premium Duo plan to the US, UK and dozens more countries (updated) (Engadget) YouTube TV hikes price to $64.99 per month following new channel additions (TechCrunch) Apple races to push ahead with 5G iPhone mass production (Nikkei Asian Review) Apple Cancels Some Arcade Games in Strategy Shift To Keep Subscribers (Bloomberg) Google Pushes Back U.S. Office Reopening Plan After Virus Surge (Bloomberg) Twitch breaks records again in Q2, topping 5B total hours watched (TechCrunch)


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    Tue. 06/30 – Amazon Prime Video Launches Watch Party

    Tue. 06/30 – Amazon Prime Video Launches Watch Party

    Lululemon wants to buy Mirror. We think Uber is thinking about buying Postmates. Amazon Prime Video launches Watch Party. Android’s AirDrop competitor is rolling out. And why cloud gaming is the impetus for a new data center race.

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    Links: Lululemon set to acquire home fitness startup Mirror for $500M (TechCrunch) Uber in Talks to Buy Postmates for About $2.6 Billion (WSJ) Amazon Prime Video introduces 'Watch Party,' a social co-viewing experience included with Prime (TechCrunch) Nearby Sharing — Android's AirDrop competitor — is rolling out now in beta (Android Police) CodeGuru, AWS's AI code reviewer and performance profiles, is now generally available (TechCrunch) Exclusive: Facebook changes algorithm to boost original reporting (Axios) An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming (Wired)

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    Mon. 06/29 – Reddit Bans r/The_Donald and The Facebook Ad Boycott, Explained

    Mon. 06/29 – Reddit Bans r/The_Donald and The Facebook Ad Boycott, Explained

    Reddit bans r/The_Donald and I try to break down the almost hour by hour, day by day timeline of the whole Facebook/social media ad boycott situation. Apple might not include a charger (!) in the iPhone 12 box, much less earbuds. Amazon cuts back on waste in India. India cuts off Tik Tok completely. And some news you can use if you need to recover lost files in Windows.

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    Links:Reddit bans r/The_Donald and r/ChapoTrapHouse as part of a major expansion of its rules (The Verge)Exclusive: Facebook ad boycott campaign to go global, organizers say (Reuters)The hard truth about the Facebook ad boycott: Nothing matters but Zuckerberg (CNN Business) Kuo: Apple will not include earbuds or charger in iPhone 12 box (9to5Mac) Amazon eliminates single-use plastic in packaging in India (TechCrunch) Govt bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok as border tensions simmer in Ladakh (India Today) Microsoft’s new Windows File Recovery tool lets you retrieve deleted documents (The Verge)

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    (Bonus) WWDC Wrap Up With Rene Ritchie @reneritchie

    (Bonus) WWDC Wrap Up With Rene Ritchie @reneritchie

    This is a really simple one. WWDC happened this week. Rene Ritchie has been attending it, virtually, of course. So he’s here to break down the keynote, which we all saw, but also to let us know what’s been going on in the developer sessions which have been going on all week. Rene is of course a long time prominent Apple watcher and journalist, who actually just struck out on his own with his own YouTube channel. So search YouTube for Rene Ritchie and subscribe to his channel.

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    Fri. 06/26 - Amazon Buys Self-Driving Startup Zoox

    Fri. 06/26 - Amazon Buys Self-Driving Startup Zoox

    Amazon is officially in the self-driving car game. Microsoft is officially keeping its retail stores closed… forever. Verizon had joined the Facebook ad boycott. And of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.

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    Links: Amazon to buy self-driving technology company Zoox (CNBC) Microsoft is permanently closing its retail stores (CNBC) Verizon is pulling advertising from Facebook and Instagram (CNBC) TikTok says it will stop accessing clipboard content on iOS devices (The Verge)


    Weekend Longread Suggestions: How India’s Jio Won Facebook’s Heart (The Information) How a “crazy Dutch guy” won the online food delivery war (Silicon Canals) How Uber Turned a Promising Bikeshare Company Into Literal Garbage (Vice) The Credit-Card Fees Merchants Hate, Banks Love and Consumers Pay (WSJ)Top composers used to head to Hollywood. Now they’re into games (Wired)Reddit turns 15: The dramatic moments that shaped the internet's front page (Mashable)

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577 Ratings

577 Ratings

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Ads are annoying

The podcast is informative, but a bit too much time is spent on ads for such a short podcast. The ads also tend to be louder than the main portion of the episode, which is very annoying. Even if you keep the same number of ads, please lower the volume on them.

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Good tech digest, but ad heavy

I really like the daily tech digest vibe of this podcast. It does bug me that every episode contains at least 3 minutes or more of ads though, and that's far too much for a podcast that is so short. You cannot spam the user like that.

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