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July 15, 2020, 5:15 AM

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Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
TikTok outflanked Facebook, focusing on curation and user-made video, but its China ties mean privacy, censorship, and propaganda issues should lead to a US ban  —  Over the last week, as the idea of banning TikTok in the U.S. has shifted from a fringe idea to a seeming inevitability …
Shannon Vavra / CyberScoop:
Microsoft issues a patch for a critical “wormable” flaw affecting OSes including Windows 10 and Server; Check Point says the flaw has been in code for 17 years  —  Microsoft is issuing a patch for a severe and wormable Windows Domain Name System Server vulnerability …
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Samsung predicts early commercialization of 6G networks “as early as 2028”, and places bets on terahertz radio spectrum to reach peak data rates 50 times 5G  —  Take the latest VB Survey to share how your company is implementing AI today.  —  Just as the earliest 5G networks began …
VICE:
Report: phones of many politicians in Spain, including the Pres. of the Parliament of Catalonia, were hacked; source: Spain has been an NSO customer since 2015  —  The cellphones of several politicians in Spain, including that of the president of one of the countries' autonomous regional parliaments …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Regulations passed this week in the EU afford App Store devs new protections, such as a 30 day warning before removing an app from store, with some exceptions  —  App Store developers in the European Union now have more protections afforded to them following the passage of new regulations this week …
Wall Street Journal:
Investigation: Google Search displays YouTube videos more prominently than nearly identical videos from Facebook and other sites; sources say this is by design  —  Facebook and other competitors host the same videos, but engineers have made changes that effectively preference YouTube—owned by Google—over other video sources.
Wall Street Journal:
UK says it will bar telecom companies from purchasing new equipment from Huawei and gives them until 2027 to remove its technology from their 5G networks  —  British government gives cellular companies until 2027 to remove Chinese firm's technology  —  LONDON—The British government …
Bloomberg:
US reverses directive requiring international students take an in-person class to avoid being sent home, following a suit with support from the tech industry  —  - Deal ends standoff that could have sent thousands back home  — Schools can now resume planning for the fall semester
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify is launching a Trending podcast chart with 50 rising shows, and expanding its Top chart to the 200 most popular shows overall, localized by region  —  A long-awaited feature  —  Spotify is revamping its podcast charts today to help listeners find new shows and keep up with what people are enjoying in their area.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Business giant SAP patches RECON bug, which impacted most of its customers and let hackers create admin accounts on SAP servers  —  SAP patches bug impacting most of its apps and customer base.  —  Business giant SAP released a patch today for a major vulnerability that impacts the vast majority of its customers.
Seth Colaner / VentureBeat:
The EFF, in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno, debuts a searchable database of 3,000+ US police agencies and the tech surveillance tools they use  —  Take the latest VB Survey to share how your company is implementing AI today.  —  It took me less than 10 seconds to find …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Amazon unveils Dash Cart, a shopping cart that links to Amazon account, tracks items placed inside, and allows cashierless checkout, first at Amazon's LA store  —  The Dash Cart is coming to Amazon's LA grocery store later this year  —  Amazon is expanding its real-world footprint …
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Massachusetts sues Uber and Lyft, alleging they misclassified drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, following California  —  'Uber and Lyft set the rates.  They alone set the rules.  Drivers are employees'  —  Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against Uber and Lyft …

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