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July 18, 2018, 3:05 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
EU fines Google a record €4.3B (~$5B) in antitrust case for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google's search engine  —  Google has been hit with a record-breaking €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine by EU regulators for breaking antitrust laws.
The Keyword:
Google CEO Sundar Pichai says Android has created more choice, not less, and that Google will appeal the EU ruling  —  If you buy an Android phone, you're choosing one of the world's two most popular mobile platforms—one that has expanded the choice of phones available around the world.
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg about Russia, fake news, InfoWars, Myanmar, and why he thinks Facebook shouldn't take down posts that deny Holocaust  —  Everything was on the table — and after Facebook's wildest year yet, that's a really big table.  —  Yesterday, I motored my Ford Fiesta …
Timothy W. Martin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Samsung to launch phone with a 7" display that can be folded in half like a wallet early next year; Bixby speaker launching in about a month for ~$300  —  The phone will feature a roughly 7-inch display that folds in half  —  SEOUL— Samsung Electronics Co. is planning to introduce …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Apple's iCloud user data in China is now being stored by a division of state-owned China Telecom  —  If you're an Apple customer living in China who didn't already opt out of having your iCloud data stored locally, here's a good reason to do so now.  That information, the data belonging …
Olivia Solon / The Guardian:
Researcher shows Venmo transactions, which are public under default user settings, reveal details including real names, comments, and dates through a public API  —  A researcher has analysed millions of public transactions to prove just how much the app reveals about our life and habits
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: Walmart is considering launching a subscription streaming video service that would undercut Netflix and Amazon Prime Video on price  —  Walmart is considering launching a subscription streaming video service to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, people familiar with the situation told The Information.
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google says Nest CEO to exit, sources say after employee revolt; sources: Alphabet tried selling Nest to Amazon; Nest now part of Google's home devices unit  —  Five months after Nest rejoined Google, the search giant told employees Tuesday that Marwan Fawaz will no longer be CEO of Nest …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
A reporter posing as a Dublin Facebook moderator found that pages from far-right groups face looser content standards; Facebook vows to improve its training  —  A new documentary details how third-party Facebook moderators ignore the company's rules  —  An investigative journalist …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator will award grants of $10K to 100 graduates of the third year of its 10-week online Startup School program  —  Y Combinator wants to lure more companies into the funnel for its accelerator while democratizing free access to startup knowledge.  It's simultaneously moving …
Angela Moscaritolo / PCMag:
Google says it's building Dunant, a transatlantic cable between US and France, its second private intercontinental cable after Curie, connecting US and Chile  —  Google today announced a new private subsea cable project.  —  Expected to be operational by late 2020, the Dunant cable will cross …
Arielle Pardes / Wired:
Reddit begins rolling out live chatrooms, organized by subreddit and created by admins only, currently in beta  —  A FEW MONTHS into Jason Lee's new job at Reddit, the office was buzzing with excitement.  It was April 2017 and Reddit had just launched r/place, a collaborative project …
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Patricia Hernandez / The Verge:
Twitch streamers describe the sometimes psychologically taxing nature of broadcasting to no one and trying to get noticed to start building an audience  —  Looking for connections in 2018  —  When John Hopstead first descended into the virtual world of Dark Souls in 2013, his mission was to save a decaying world.
Stephen Babcock / Technical.ly DC:
Verodin, which assesses cybersecurity tools' effectiveness on enterprise networks, raises $21M Series B led by TenEleven Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners  —  McLean, Va.-based Verodin closed on $21 million in Series B funding, and is planning to open a new office based in the United Kingdom.
BBC:
Roblox, an MMO game popular with kids, blames the virtual gang rape of a seven year old's character on a hack, saying malicious code was uploaded to a server  —  A popular children's video game has blamed a virtual “gang rape” on a hack of its systems.  —  Amber Petersen's seven-year-old daughter …
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