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July 17, 2019, 7:25 AM

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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 …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Neuralink, which has received $158M in funding including $100M from Elon Musk, hopes to begin testing its brain-computer interface on humans by Q2 of 2020  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk aspires to make inserting a computer connection into your brain as safe and painless as Lasik eye surgery.
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
Four of the seven Google employees who organized a 20,000-person walkout in November have resigned from the company  —  FOUR OF THE seven Google employees who organized a 20,000-person walkout in November have resigned from the company, including two women who claimed Google retaliated against them for their internal activism.
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European Commission:
The European Commission launches a formal antitrust investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct by Amazon in its dual role as marketplace and retailer  —  The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Amazon's use of sensitive data …
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 …
Patrick Howell O'Neill / MIT Technology Review:
Researchers shed light on how WeChat censors images in private chats automatically in real time by using a massive and growing index of MD5 cryptographic hashes  —  The super app instantly blocks even the images for over 1 billion users and growing.  —  WeChat is a window into the future of the internet in many different ways.
Reuters:
Review of 33 high-profile blockchain projects within the financial sector and interviews with execs shows the limitations of blockchain and its weak adoption  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two years ago Nasdaq Inc (NDAQ.O) and Citigroup Inc (C.N) announced a new blockchain system they said would make payments …
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 …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Sprint says hackers had access to customers' names, billing, device details, and more via Samsung's website, fails to disclose the number affected  —  Hackers had access to customer info such as names, billing, device details, and more.  —  US mobile network operator Sprint said hackers broke …
BBC:
Pearson, the world's largest education publisher, says all future releases of its 1,500 active US titles will be “digital first” and updated on an ongoing basis  —  The world's largest education publisher has taken the first step towards phasing out print books by making all its learning resources “digital first”.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Google has banned Chinese app developer CooTek from its ad platforms and Play Store, removing 60+ CooTek Android apps for bombarding users with disruptive ads  —  Google is banning CooTek, a publicly traded Chinese app developer, from its Play store and ad platforms after BuzzFeed News …
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.
Bloomberg:
Highlights from the House's antitrust hearing, where Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook executives fought criticism that their companies dominate their markets  —  U.S. technology giants are headed for their biggest antitrust showdown with Congress in 20 years as lawmakers and regulators demand …

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