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July 9, 2019, 12:45 PM

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Apple:
Apple updates MacBook Air with True Tone display, lowers price to $1,099, and updates base MacBook Pro with new processors, Touch ID, Touch Bar, and True Tone  —  Students Can Purchase MacBook Air for $999 and the 13-inch MacBook Pro for $1,199  —  Cupertino, California …
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Apple stops selling 12-inch MacBook and previous generation MacBook Air  —  Along with updating its Retina MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks today, Apple has discontinued its 12-inch MacBook and previous generation MacBook Air.  The refreshed lineup now consists of the Retina 13-inch MacBook Air …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
UK's regulator ICO to fine Marriott ~$123M over GDPR violations related to the Starwood Hotels breach, disclosed in 2018, that affected 380M+ guests  —  The intent to fine Marriott comes a day after the ICO announced a $230 million GDPR fine against British Airways.
BBC:
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
YouTube officially returns to Fire TV and Amazon's Prime Video is launching today with support for Chromecast and other Android TV devices  —  Amazon and Google have mostly made up  —  YouTube is officially back on Fire TV devices starting today, almost a year and a half after Google pulled …
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Spotify Lite, which requires only 10MB of storage, is now available on Android in 35 countries across Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, and in Canada  —  Spotify has been testing a smaller, lighter version of its app since mid-2018 in hopes of expanding its reach to regions …
Jonathan Leitschuh / Medium:
Researcher discloses zero-day exploit in Zoom's Mac client that lets any malicious site force a user into a Zoom call with video enabled without user permission  —  A vulnerability in the Mac Zoom Client allows any malicious website to enable your camera without your permission.
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Federal appeals court rules that President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking his critics on Twitter  —  President Trump cannot block his critics from the Twitter feed he regularly uses to communicate with the public, a federal appeals court said Tuesday, in a case with implications …
Twitter:
Twitter updates its rules against hateful conduct, will now remove tweets that dehumanize people on the basis of their religion  —  We create our rules to keep people safe on Twitter, and they continuously evolve to reflect the realities of the world we operate within.
Adam Mosseri / Instagram:
Instagram is rolling out warnings to users about to post an offensive comment, starts testing Restrict, an option to block abusive users without notifying them  —  Our mission is to connect you with the people and things you love, which only works if people feel comfortable expressing themselves on Instagram.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Facebook will start taking a 30% cut from fan subscriptions via desktop starting 2020 and a 15% fee for second year subscriptions via mobile platforms  —  Facebook will take a cut of up to 30% on fan subscriptions, beginning on January 1, 2020.  —  The social network is revealing its plans …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Two years on, WannaCry remains in thousands of networks globally, despite available patches; researcher: “kill switch” stopped ~60M WannaCry detonations in June  —  Two British researchers saved the internet from a global cyberattack in 2017.  Amid mounting pressure and little sleep …

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