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July 31, 2018, 11:05 PM

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Apple:
Apple reports Q3 iPhone unit sales of 41.3M, up from 41.0M YoY, revenue of $53.3B, up 17% YoY, net income of $11.5B, up from $8.7B YoY  —  Revenue Up 17 Percent and EPS Up 40 Percent to New June Quarter Records  —  Services Revenue Reaches New All-Time High
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Pay had 1B+ transactions in Q3, and will launch in Germany and at US-based CVS and 7-11 stores later this year  —  During today's earnings call for the third quarter of 2018, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple plans to bring Apple Pay to Germany later this year.
Facebook:
Facebook bans 32 Pages and accounts from FB and Instagram for “coordinated inauthentic behavior”, says they were far better at covering tracks than Russia's IRA  —  Today we removed 32 Pages and accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior.
New York Times:
Sources: Facebook has alerted Congress to new coordinated political influence campaign, with dozens of inauthentic accounts and pages, ahead of midterms  —  WASHINGTON — Facebook is preparing to announce that it has identified a coordinated political influence campaign …
IDC:
IDC: 342M smartphones were shipped worldwide in Q2 2018, down 1.8% YoY from 348.2M, with Huawei passing Apple to ship the second-most smartphones  —  According to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors shipped …
James Yan / Counterpoint Research:
Chinese smartphone market declined 7% YoY in Q2 2018, the fourth consecutive quarter of annual decline; Huawei's marketshare grew from 20% to 26%  —  Huawei was the fastest and lone brand registering a positive 22% YoY growth leading the market with an all-time-record share.
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Marrian Zhou / CNET:
Logitech to acquire Blue, a maker of studio-quality microphones popular for podcasts and YouTube channels, for ~$117M cash in deal expected to close in August  —  Logitech is buying a microphone company to boost the variety of devices in its portfolio.  —  The computer accessories maker …
Bloomberg:
Inside Waymo's self-driving efforts in Phoenix and its partnership with the city's metro authority as it readies a pilot to connect people to public transit  —  For the past year, Kyla Jackson has been one of the only teenagers in the world who gets a ride to high school from a robot.
Guilherme Rambo / 9to5Mac:
Code snippets in iOS 12 beta 5 suggest dual-SIM support is coming to future iPhone models  —  We've heard rumors about a possible dual-SIM iPhone model to be released this year, with the feature coming to the Plus model and including dual-SIM support for specific regions.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple has recently come under fire from several Chinese state media outlets for allegedly failing to effectively counter prohibited content in iMessages  —  The state-controlled media criticism comes amid rising trade tensions with the U.S.  —  BEIJING— Apple Inc. AAPL .32% has come under fire …

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