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July 19, 2019, 12:10 PM

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Wang Zichen / Xinhua News Agency:
Huawei says its homegrown Hongmeng operating system is not for smartphones or an alternative to Android, but is for industrial use instead  —  Huawei board member and senior Vice President Catherine Chen said here on Thursday that the company's Hongmeng operating system is not for smartphones …
Washington Post:
The panic over FaceApp highlighted how public attitudes about the internet have changed amid a widespread reckoning over data privacy and election interference  —  Shortly after the playful photo-transforming FaceApp went viral Wednesday as the most downloaded smartphone app in America …
Financial Times:
Sources: NSO Group told buyers it can scrape users' data from cloud services of Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft by copying authentication keys  —  The Israeli company whose spyware hacked WhatsApp has told buyers its technology can surreptitiously scrape all of an individual's data …
Microsoft:
Microsoft reports Q4 revenue of $33.7B, up 12% YoY, operating income of $12.4B, up 20% YoY, and net income of $13.2B, up 49% YoY  —  REDMOND, Wash. — July 18, 2019 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, as compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal year:
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann has cashed out more than $700M from the company ahead of its IPO through a mix of stock sales and debt  —  Adam Neumann has sold some of his WeWork stake and borrowed against some of his holdings, investing the proceeds in real estate and startups
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Washington Post:
Chrome and Firefox extensions with up to 4M installs leaked sensitive data, including names and passwords, to marketing intelligence service Nacho Analytics  —  As many as 4 million people have Web browser extensions that sell their every click.  And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Brandon Bilinski / YouTube Blog:
YouTube adds one click switch between audio and video for YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers, has time-matched over 5M songs  —  Imagine listening to a new track by your favorite artist in the YouTube Music app and having the ability to seamlessly switch over to watch …
Joey Roulette / Orlando Weekly:
Orlando cancels the second phase of its Amazon Rekognition pilot, which began in October 2018, and says it has no immediate plans for future pilots of the tech  —  Orlando's two-phase pilot with Amazon to try out real-time facial recognition software ended Thursday, capping 15 months of technical lags …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Lexion, which develops AI-powered solutions for managing contracts, raises a $4.2M seed round  —  Contract management isn't exactly an exciting subject, but it's a real pain point for many companies.  It also lends itself to automation, thanks to recent advances in machine learning and natural language processing.
Tim Ingham / Rolling Stone:
A look at 5 initiatives Spotify has abandoned: original video content, its hateful conduct policy, Spotify apps, direct music distribution, and Spotify Running  —  While it's common for tech companies to test out new ideas in public, the streaming giant has done so more than most
Wall Street Journal:
The Google Transparency Report, a searchable database of political ads has errors, delays, and often does not record political ads bought with Google's ad tools  —  Mistakes have occurred in the Google Transparency Report for both Democratic and Republican presidential and congressional candidates
Norihiko Shirouzu / Reuters:
BMW and Tencent partner to launch a computing center in China that will help develop autonomous driving solutions adapted to Chinese roads  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - German automaker BMW and Chinese online gaming giant Tencent Holdings are teaming up to launch a computing center in China …
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