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July 20, 2018, 2:30 PM

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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter launch the Data Transfer Project, a platform enabling users to move data between online service providers  —  An open-source collaboration for “the future of portability”  —  Today, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter joined to announce …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
WhatsApp to test limiting the forwarding of messages to 20 chats globally and 5 chats in India in a bid to stop the spread of fake news  —  The social messaging service has been blamed for its role in spreading dangerous and inaccurate information.  —  Facebook-owned WhatsApp is making changes …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Facebook executives struggle to describe a coherent strategy to deal with misinformation on the site; it's a hodgepodge of “exceptions to the exceptions”  —  Facebook was once the most nimble company of its generation.  The speed at which it adapted to every challenge was legendary.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Cyberattack on Singapore's largest healthcare institution SingHealth steals details of 1.5M patients, including the Prime Minister  —  Local media say the hack is believed to be state-sponsored  —  Singapore has been hit by what local media is calling the country's worst ever cyber attack.
Anthony Cuthbertson / The Independent:
DuckDuckGo says that Google confuses customers by redirecting traffic from duck.com domain, which the search giant owns, to google.com  —  Google controls the duck.com web address, meaning users searching for its rival DuckDuckGo are diverted back to Google  —  For many people, Google is the internet.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC starts accepting petitions to deny as well as less formal comments on T-Mobile USA/Sprint merger, all of which can be submitted until August 27  —  FCC starts public interest review—petitions to deny merger must be in by Aug. 27.  —  The Federal Communications Commission will accept petitions …
More: GeekWire and Gizmodo
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
San Francisco says it expects to issue permits for its 24-month electric scooter pilot program sometime in August, selecting from 12 applicants  —  The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is still reviewing the 12 applications from companies to operate electric scooters in the city.
More: SFMTA
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook's plans for a nationwide rollout of WhatsApp payments service in India is being held up by government concerns over storage of user data  —  - Officials are said to have concerns about where data's stored  — The social media giant had geared up for a nationwide launch
More: Entrackr
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
App Annie: there were 28.4B app downloads worldwide across iOS and Google Play in Q2, up 15% YoY as consumer spending grew 20% YoY reaching $18.5B  —  The second quarter of 2018 was another record-breaker for mobile app downloads and revenue.  According to a new report this week from App Annie …
TechCrunch:
eBay's Q2 filing shows company paid $573M to acquire ecommerce platform Qoo10 Japan in February, not the $700M rumored at the time of acquisition  —  EBay is a very distant second behind Amazon when it comes to e-commerce sales in the U.S., but abroad — and in particular in Asia …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Q4: $30.1B in revenue, up 17% YoY; operating income up 35% YoY to $10.4B; Intelligent Cloud revenue up 23% YoY to $9.6B and Azure revenue up 89% YoY  —  Microsoft Cloud Drives Record Fourth Quarter Results  —  REDMOND, Wash. — July 19, 2018 — Microsoft Corp. today announced …

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