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Amazon's Twitch, Facebook, Nvidia, and others contend with allegations of sexual misconduct in the game streaming world, as dozens of women accuse 150+ people (Bloomberg)

Overview of US gov't data on Paycheck Protection Program loans received by 40+ blockchain firms, led by ConsenSys, which allegedly received $5M-$10M in April (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)

India's shutdown of TikTok, which had 1.2M Indian creators on the platform, has been a devastating blow to the careers of many influencers (Varsha Bansal/WIRED UK)

US government data: scooter rental startup Bird received a loan worth between $5M and $10M from the Paycheck Protection Program, weeks before it laid off 400+ (Andrew J. Hawkins/The Verge)

Sequoia Capital India says it has raised $1.35B for two new funds: a $525M venture fund and a $825M growth fund, focused on India and Southeast Asia (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

Ex-Yahoo engineer sentenced to five years of probation and home confinement for hacking into 6,000+ Yahoo Mail accounts to search for sexually explicit content (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Instagram expands its TikTok rival, Reels, to India in the wake of the country's ban on Chinese apps (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Investment firm Arca has registered the Ethereum token-based Arca US Treasury Fund with the SEC, after seeking approval nine times over two years (Aislinn Keely/The Block)

SCOTUS strikes down a law amended in 2015 to allow robocalls by debt collectors (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)

Facebook, Telegram, and Twitter say they have suspended requests for user data from Hong Kong police, following a new national security law by China (Paul Mozur/New York Times)

To defend Black lives, and protect their rights and dignity, we must defund facial recognition and other surveillance tech fueling racist US policing (Malkia Devich-Cyril/The Atlantic)

Inside Quibi's implosion, aided by the divisive management styles of Katzenberg and Whitman, compounded by a failure to understand its digital-native audience (Benjamin Wallace/Vulture)

Researchers demonstrate an algorithm that could predict COVID-19 outbreaks based on data from Google, Twitter, smartphones, and other streams (Benedict Carey/New York Times)

US government's Lifeline broadband subsidy program only serves under one-fifth of the 38M qualified households, with some blaming FCC's Ajit Pai (Margaret Harding McGill/Axios)

AAA games for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will likely be priced at $69.99, the first rise since 2005, when Activision released COD: 2 for $59.99 (Gene Park/Washington Post)

A Nigerian man with 2.4M Instagram followers, who allegedly conspired to use hacked email accounts to trick others into sending money, was extradited to the US (William Clowes/Bloomberg)

Social networks like Twitter lack ways to de-escalate conflicts caused by viral posts, but potential solutions exist, like a self-applied "I was wrong" label (Nick Punt)

Even if government use of facial recognition tech is regulated more strictly, issues will remain due to the ubiquity of the same tech in consumer devices (Rebecca Heilweil/Vox)

Indonesian startup Payfazz, which uses a network of agents to provide financial services, raises $53M Series B led by B Capital and Insignia Ventures Partners (Catherine Shu/TechCrunch)

Uber buys food delivery service Postmates for $2.65B in an all-stock deal (Alex Sherman/CNBC)

WhatsApp says it is "pausing" processing requests for user data from Hong Kong law enforcement agencies, following a new national security law by China (Newley Purnell/Wall Street Journal)

Kirkland, WA-based auto repair financing service DigniFi raises $14M Series A led by BuildGroup and Exor Seeds (Kurt Schlosser/GeekWire)

Florida becomes first state to enact a DNA privacy law, blocking life, disability, and long-term insurers from accessing genetic data (John Haughey/Washington Examiner)

Sources: Uber's board of directors has approved a $2.65B acquisition of Postmates in an all-stock deal, expected to be announced as soon as Monday (Bloomberg)

Netflix's deep catalog of Black programming is the envy of Hollywood and was largely built after a shift in culture following executive departures in 2018 (Ben Smith/New York Times)

LA-based telehealth veterinary service Airvet raises $14M Series A led by Canvas Ventures (Connie Loizos/TechCrunch)

LA-based Scalefast raises $22M Series B to help DTC brands launch e-commerce stores in as little as 15 days, bringing its total raised to $32M (Christine Hall/Crunchbase News)

How Wirecard, a global electronic-payments giant that was once valued at $14B+ and said it processed $140B of transactions a year, fully unraveled in eight days (Paul J. Davies/Wall Street Journal)

Facebook partners with CBSE, an Indian government education body, to launch a certified curriculum on AR and digital safety for students and teachers in India (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

Source: UK to begin phasing out use of Huawei equipment in its 5G network as soon as this year, after report doubted viability of Huawei due to new US sanctions (Bloomberg)

eMarketer: US consumers to spend $710B online in 2020, up 18% YoY, with ecommerce's share of the retail market growing to a record 14.5% (Dave Lee/Financial Times)

UK tech companies say operating with remote workers has changed their approach to post-Brexit hiring: executives will be local to HQs, most other roles won't (Nate Lanxon/Bloomberg)

Amid India-China tensions, Zomato is unable to access $100M of the $150M it secured from Ant Financial in January as the government reviews the latest tranche (Financial Times)

iCloud Keychain in iOS 14 alerts users about passwords that are easy to guess and those that may have leaked on the web (Filipe Espsito/9to5Mac)

With macOS 11 Big Sur, Apple seems to have lifted a ban on fun, allowing for an expressiveness in visual design that we haven't seen from it in almost a decade (Michael Flarup/Apply Pixels)

A look at some radical proposals for creating better social networks, from establishing sites as nonprofits to restrictions on data collection (Will Oremus/OneZero)

Voice, a blockchain-based social media site on EOS that rewards users with tokens for posting "quality content", is now open for the public to browse (Greg Thomson/Decrypt)

Indian ISPs start restoring access to DuckDuckGo after blocking the service via their DNS servers starting July 1; it is unclear why the service was blocked (Manuel Vonau/Android Police)

India's TikTok ban resulted in a surge in popularity for Indian apps like Roposo, Mitron, and Chingari; Roposo says it has added 22M users in 48 hours (Sankalp Phartiyal/Reuters)

Tencent launches US game studio LightSpeed LA, to create AAA titles and increase overseas share of its total games revenue, which accounted for 23% in Q4 2019 (Pei Li/Reuters)

Ifeoma Ozoma, Aerica Shimizu Banks, and five other former Pinterest employees share examples of Pinterest's failure in addressing racial discrimination and bias (Nitasha Tiku/Washington Post)

Google VP in charge of Android Security withdraws from Black Hat conference and asks the infosec community to stop using terms like "black hat" and "white hat" (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

India's e-commerce policy draft seeks creation of an e-commerce regulator, mandates government access to online companies' source codes and algorithms, more (Saritha Rai/Bloomberg)

Colin Huang, the CEO of Chinese e-commerce company Pinduoduo, steps down; the company says he will remain chairman and work on long-term strategy (Bloomberg)

Hong Kong's new national security law could force platforms like Facebook and Twitter to relinquish some of the freedom their operations have had in the city (Wall Street Journal)

Some Amazon contracted delivery drivers in the US say they are feeling overwhelmed and overworked by dramatic increases in workloads during the pandemic (Lauren Kaori Gurley/VICE)

The Wild Wild Web, a shoot-first, aim-later era of tech strategy, is coming to an end, and a less willfully nave, self-policing ethos is taking its place (Kevin Roose/New York Times)

Evo, a renowned esports tournament that moved online in 2020 due to the pandemic, is canceled after parting ways with co-founder for alleged sexual misconduct (Neil Greenberg/Washington Post)

Profile of investor Lee Fixel, the partner behind Tiger Global's investments in Flipkart and Peloton, who says he raised $1.3B for his VC firm Addition (Alex Konrad/Forbes)

Some advertisers participating in the ad boycott remain unimpressed with Facebook's promises to better police hate speech, as negotiations continue (Washington Post)

Interview with Troy Hunt, founder and sole employee of Have I Been Pwned, on his reluctance to retain breached data, future revenue streams, being pwned himself (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)

A conversation between Wendy Liu and Alex Kantrowitz on the ills and promises of Silicon Valley, following publication of their contrasting books on the subject (Brian Merchant/OneZero)

Analysts say that under the new security law, Hong Kong police won't need court orders to force ISPs to help with investigations or remove information (Phila Siu/South China Morning Post)

Uber partners with three local cab companies to launch a taxi dispatch service in Tokyo, six years after entering Japan (Bloomberg)

Internet Association publishes a wish list for a UK-US trade deal, including no unilateral digital taxes and protecting "intermediary liability protections" (Stefan Boscia/CityAM)

LinkedIn says its iOS app is copying the contents of users' clipboards after every key press due to a bug and promises a fix, after iOS 14 reveals the snooping (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

WhatsApp's private group structure encourages spread of misinfo and conspiracy theories as it enables higher levels of trust and solidarity among group members (William Davies/The Guardian)

Apple is pulling away from the competition to a degree never seen before and has years worth of competitive advantage in emerging categories like wearables (Neil Cybart/Above Avalon)

UK government and India's Bharti Enterprises win an auction for bankrupt satellite broadband operator OneWeb for $1B; the parties will own a 45% stake each (Financial Times)

Instacart raises $100M in new funding from T. Rowe Price, on top of the $225M round co-led by DST Global and General Catalyst last month (Dan Primack/Axios)

Entertainment Headlines Today

Updated: 3 hours ago

#BBNaija season 5: Grand prize for season 5 winner announced - Gistlover

#BNQuoteoftheDay - Bellanaija

#PulseFirstLove: He swore to rape and kill me if I ever tried to leave him - Pulse

#YNaijaNonBinary: Death Comes for Everyone, Love Should Too. - Ynaija

#YNaijaNonBinary: This is what we owe the next generation - Ynaija

"Forgiveness should be both ways" Ruth Kadiri-Ezerika tells African men who ridiculed Will Smith for forgiving his wife but will want women to forgive them when they cheat - Linda Ikeji

"Holding church service online istotally unscriptural" - Rev. Chris Okotie - Linda Ikeji

"No man can stick to only one woman for more than a year" Nigerian man warns women not to be deceived - Linda Ikeji

"While I was his orderly, he used to maltreat me and treated me as a slave" Naval officer cries out and accuses Rear Admiral I.O Mohammed of maltreatment (video) - Linda Ikeji

12-year-old boy allegedly defiles four brothers in Jigawa - Ladun Liadi

14-year-old pregnant girl commits suicide in Nasarawa (photo) - Linda Ikeji

14-year-old pregnant girl commits suicide [photo] - Ladun Liadi

14-yr-old pregnant girl commits suicide after being beaten by her dad | Photos - Kemi Filani

19-year-old man arrested for setting up fake bank says he's awaiting approval from headquarters - Pulse

23-yr-old girl commits suicide over continuous abuse by her brother in Lagos - Kemi Filani

2Baba unveils ambitious agribusiness project, Innobia - Pulse

602 Repentant Boko Haram Members Denounce Membership - Information Nigeria

602 repentant Boko Haram members denounce membership | 5 Things that Should Matter Today - Ynaija

602 repentant Boko Haram members denounce their membership of the terrorist group - Linda Ikeji

602 repentant Boko Haram swears oath of allegiance to Nigeria - Ladun Liadi

7 police officers die in bus accident, 11 injured - Pulse

7 policemen deployed to fight bandits in Katsina die in road accident - Linda Ikeji

8,000 health workers have been infected with COVID-19 in Africa WHO - Linda Ikeji

9ice says that he only promised himself a Grammy - Pulse

A Lady with A Big Heart! Kate Tanzamado Covers TW Magazines Warrior/Survivor Issue - Bellanaija

A Tale of Love & Self Discovery: Watch the Trailer for Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etims f - Bellanaija

Actress and bleaching expert, Bimbo Afolayan publicly demands her bride price from husband, Okiki |Details - Kemi Filani

Actress Kelly Preston dies of breast cancer at 57 - Nigerian Pilot

Actress Wumi Toriola Talks About A New Beginning.... - Stella Dimoko Korkus

Adeboye's senior Pastor, Tola Odutola resigns from RCCG, gives reason [VIDEO] - Miss Petite

Aide Reveals Why Osinbajo Became A Political Target - Gistlover

Airborne transmission of COVID-19 is possible NCDC DG Chikwe Ihekwazu - Linda Ikeji

Alert: Monica Colbys 10 Most Fire Looks From Dynasty Season 3 - Bellanaija

All Nigerians should get tested for COVID-19 PTF - Ladun Liadi

Alleged Fraud: Hushpuppi Denied Bail By US Judge - Information Nigeria

Amanda Kloots shares details about the private memorial for late husband Nick Cordero - CNN

America shuts down again - choosing reality over Trumps false claims'' - Report - Ladun Liadi

Amid COVID-19, BBNaija season 5 winner to get N85m grand prize highest since 2006 - The Cable

As President, I Didn't Pursue Personal Interest ' Obasanjo - Information Nigeria

Azuka Jebose attacks Ned Nwoko for marrying Regina Daniels as virgin - Lailas Blog

Banks to seize defaulters funds in other banks - Linda Ikeji

Basketball Wives star, CeCe Gutierrez marries LA Lakers great Byron Scott in live-streamed ceremony (photos) - Linda Ikeji

BBNaija 2020: N85M Prize For Winner Of BBNaija Season 5 - Miss Petite

BBNaija organisers reveal grand prize for Season 5 winner, other gifts - DailyPost

BBNaija season 5 winner to get N85 million - The Sun

BBNaija Star, Diane Commends Mercy Eke Over Launch Of New Merchandise - Information Nigeria

Beautiful new photos of Shade Okoya and her family - Ladun Liadi

Before the NBA Elections - Thisday

Benjamin Keough, Elvis Presleys only grandson, dies at 27 - The Cable

Benjamin Keough, grandson of Elvis Presley, dies at 27 - CNN

Big Brother Naija Pepper Dem Reunion show day 24: Tuoyo explains why he couldn't keep his shirt on - Pulse

Billionaire Businessman Arthur Eze Reveals What Can Make An Igbo Become President Of Nigeria. - Stella Dimoko Korkus

BlackBeatz: I dream to perform with Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, Lil Wayne - The Nation

Bobrisky Dances With Baby Bump In Viral Video - Miss Petite

Bobrisky drops pregnancy hint in new instagram post - Ladun Liadi

Boko Haram attacks military barracks in Borno - Linda Ikeji

Boredom Eliminating Post - Stella Dimoko Korkus

Breakthrough beckons as Russia completes human trial of COVID-19 vaccine - Ladun Liadi

Buhari allegedly backs Keyamo on plan to recruit 774,000 jobs - Ladun Liadi

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