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July 19, 2019, 10:15 AM

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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:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
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.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Instagram strengthens moderation policies, introducing an alert to warn people when their account is close to being deleted and giving moderators more leeway  —  Instagram is strengthening its moderation policies today and adding a new alert that will warn people who violate rules when their account is close to being deleted.
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 …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
The Kazakhstan government is making ISPs force users to install a government-issued certificate on all devices and in every browser to intercept HTTPS traffic  —  Kazakh government first wanted to intercept all HTTPS traffic way back in 2016, but they backed off after several lawsuits.
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Inside 18 months of turmoil at Grindr, which some former employees say began with its sale to Chinese company Kunlun Group and elevation of Scott Chen  —  Over the last 18 months, Grindr has faced a federal investigation, layoffs, mismanagement, and internal turmoil.
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
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 …
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 …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
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.
Bloomberg:
How Amazon Go, which offers all the selection of a 7-Eleven but with more complexity and cost, became the company's most ambitious research project  —  Jeff Bezos and his company have spent seven years and hundreds of millions of dollars getting rid of cashiers.  Will it pay off?

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