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July 16, 2019, 6:25 PM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to fund original, exclusive podcasts and has reached out to media companies, in a bid to compete with Spotify  —  - Tech giant looks to use exclusives to compete with Spotify  — Company has recently added new Podcasts Mac app, web interface
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Highlights from the Senate hearing with Facebook's David Marcus on the proposed Libra cryptocurrency, and what was left unanswered  —  Facebook will only build its own Calibra cryptocurrency wallet into Messenger and Whatsapp, and will refuse to embed competing wallets …
Bloomberg:
Bloomberg:
Meredith Whittaker, who helped lead employee protests at Google over its military and AI work, and sexual harassment policies, is leaving the company  —  Meredith Whittaker, who helped lead employee protests at Google over the search giant's military work, artificial intelligence and policies, is leaving the company.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Trump threatens to “take a look” at Google for alleged China ties, in a tweet that cited claims Peter Thiel made at a conference and repeated on Fox News  —  President Trump on Tuesday appeared to threaten that his administration would “take a look” at Google …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple says it is sending out another silent update for macOS to fix a webcam vulnerability affecting apps using Zoom's tech including RingCentral and Zhumu  —  RingCentral and Zhumu are now patched  —  Apple informed us that it has sent out a silent security update to Macs to remove software …
VICE:
Inside a lawsuit against Girls Do Porn, one of Pornhub's popular channels, which 22 women allege post videos without proper consent, leading to doxxing and more  —  Pornhub is hosting videos that have been viewed hundreds of millions of times.  The women in them say they thought the videos …
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon faces a full-blown EU antitrust probe within days; Qualcomm could face a second hefty EU penalty as soon as next week for underpricing chips  —  - EU to escalate investigation targeting Marketplace platform  — Qualcomm also set to face further EU fine in coming days
Jeff Kauflin / Forbes:
Finix, a payments infrastructure platform that lets companies own and control their payment processing, raises $17.5M Series A led by Bain Capital  —  In the U.S., electronic payments is a highly regulated business whose esoteric ins and outs can make your eyes glaze over.
Press Association:
Facebook introduces a scam ads reporting tool in the UK and donates £3M to Citizens Advice for Scams Action, a dedicated online anti-scam service  —  Social media firm to investigate users' complaints and take down violating posts  —  Fresh efforts to tackle scam adverts across Facebook …
Jeff Stone / CyberScoop:
Ukrainian hacker Mikhail Rytikov, sought by the US since 2013 for running a dark web network used by criminals at scale, arrested in Ukraine with US and UK help  —  Ukrainian police have arrested an accused cybercriminal who allegedly facilitated a web hosting scheme that made it possible …
Robert Lee Hotz / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the Apollo 11's guidance computer, the first digital general-purpose, multitasking, interactive portable computer, with about 145K lines of code  —  The moon landing was one of the most important moments in the history of computing, laying the foundations of much of our digital world
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook makes its first changes to Workplace pricing, raising the premium tier by $1/person/month and introducing a new $8 Workplace Enterprise tier  —  Three years into its life with 2 million paying users signed up, Workplace — Facebook's platform for businesses and and other organizations …
Isabelle Kirkwood / BetaKit:
Montréal-based startup Landr, which develops AI-powered audio mastering software, raises ~$20M Series B from Sony Innovation Fund, Warner Music, others  —  Landr, an AI-powered audio mastering software startup based in Montréal, has raised a $26 million Series B. Sony Innovation Fund …
Nour Al Ali / Bloomberg:
London-based payments startup SumUp secures a $371M loan from Goldman, Bain Capital, and others to fuel an international expansion  —  - SumUp to increase growth, acquire new merchants in its markets  — London-based company has clients including U.K. black cabs
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