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July 20, 2018, 3:50 PM

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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter launch the Data Transfer Project to enable users to move the data they want between services, without impairing privacy  —  An open-source collaboration for “the future of portability”  —  Today, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter joined …
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.
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.
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.
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
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Erica Werner / Washington Post:
US lawmakers drop provision that blocked lifting of ZTE sanctions, strengthen CFIUS authority to block Chinese investments in a compromise defense spending bill  —  Senate Republicans have dropped their attempt to reimpose U.S. sanctions on the Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE …
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 …

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