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1. A "tsunami" of robotexts is only just beginning. A Supreme Court ruling and an antiquated law mean text messaging is a new frontier for marketers — and experts say the number of robotexts and spam from brands is about to rise considerably. Here's why (and how to make them stop).

2. Rumors are swirling about new Apple Watch features. The new Apple Watch, expected to debut in September, is said to have a new blood pressure monitor and a built-in thermometer. The potential new features hint at the tech giant's plans to make the wearable an everyday healthcare device.

3. Insiders describe Amazon's "conversion program" that helps execs adjust. The three-day program, Escape Velocity, is an intensive three-day training course for high-level recruits to get up to speed quickly so they don't "flame out." Take a look inside the program.

4. Best Buy will start selling e-bikes, scooters and mopeds. In a bid to get a slice of what's expected to be a $70 billion electric transportation market, the retailer will soon sell a selection of scooters and mopeds in select stores and online. Get the full rundown here.

5. Residents in some states can soon add their ID to iPhones and Apple Watches to get through TSA. The new tool would let you get through airport security with your phone, the company said. Arizona and Georgia will be the first states to kick off the feature, followed by six others.

6. Google plans to build its own semiconductor chips to power its Chromebooks. Amid a shortage of chips, the tech giant plans to create its own semiconductor chips for Chromebook laptops and computers in 2023. Here's what you need to know about their chip ambitions.

7. Amazon plans to hire 55,000 people into tech and corporate roles. The company intends to ramp up hiring in its retail, cloud, advertising, and satellite businesses. More on the upcoming roles, 40,000 of which will be based in the US.

8. Twitter is debuting "Safety Mode." Codeveloped with digital safety and mental-health experts, the new tool will help users block interactions from "harmful" accounts for seven days. Everything we know about the new feature.

9. Tech giants are scrambling to help ICE build a tool for targeting unauthorized workers. Amazon, Google, and Microsoft attended an event arranged by ICE to discuss the little-known analytics tool. ICE is expected to give out contracts — worth $300 million — to three tech companies, which will build and maintain the system through 2025.

10. Former Tesla employees told us what they learned from working at the company. Five former execs and engineers, who've all gone on to work elsewhere in the electric-vehicle space, shared what they learned from Tesla, including that doing things unconventionally can be a key to success. Here's what else they learned while working at Elon Musk's company.


Compiled by Jordan Erb. Tips/comments? Email jerb@insider.com or tweet @JordanParkerErb.

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