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June 16, 2020 GMT

IN THE NEWS: STREAMING VIDEO FUELS POLICE REFORM

NEW YORK (AP) — Back in 1991, it was a videotape camera that showed the world Rodney King’s beating at the hands of police in Los Angeles. And as protests over police brutality pick up again in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, it is again video that’s telling the story. Clips of Floyd’s death after a police officer pressed his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes were first shown online. Bystander video has also brought the world images of the deaths of Eric Garner, Alton Sterling and others. Other videos streamed online have resulted in police officers facing suspension or dismissals over their interactions with the public. In many of those cases, the video contradicted actions mentioned in official police reports of such incidents.

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IN THE NEWS: BEZOS TO SPEAK TO CONGRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amazon says its CEO Jeff Bezos is willing to testify before Congress — with some caveats. The Wall Street Journal says lawyers for the online retailer have said Bezos and other company officials will testify — along with other tech industry CEOs. Congress is looking into Amazon and other big tech companies for possible antitrust violations. Among other things, the lawmakers are looking into allegations that Amazon uses information from third-party sellers on the site to create and promote its own competing products.

ON THE WEB: EX-eBAY WORKERS CHARGED WITH TERROR EFFORT

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Usually, people are excited to get something from eBay. But six former workers for the online auction and retail site are accused of sending items meant to scare, not thrill. The ex-employees are charged with trying to intimidate the editor and publisher of an online newsletter by sending the married couple live spiders and cockroaches — along with a funeral wreath and a bloody pig face Halloween mask. The workers also sent porn with the husband’s name on it to neighbors’ homes. A federal prosecutor says the effort began after the couple’s newsletter ran an article about a lawsuit involving eBay. The site investigated after authorities say security team members engaged in “suspicious actions.”

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IN STORES: NOMAD BASE STATION STAND WIRELESS CHARGER

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Wanna give dad or a grad something with both form and function? The Nomad Base Station Stand wireless charger delivers both power and style. It has a simple design, making space for a smartphone or earbuds that charge wirelessly. And in this case, simple doesn’t mean unattractive; the wireless base charger has an aluminum finish with the charging section adorned with padded leather. The device plugs into AC power with a USB-C connector and delivers 10 watts of fast-charging juice for your devices. To juice up your savings, the Nomad site features a 20% discount on all full-price, in-stock items between now and Sunday.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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