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July 23, 2019, 3:10 PM

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Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:
Analysis: Apple's own apps rank first in 60%+ of App Store test searches; Podcasts, which had a 1.7-star rating before its reviews were removed, ranks #1 in US  —  Searches for ‘music,’ ‘audiobooks’ and other categories rank company apps first, a process some developers find unfair …
Guilherme Rambo / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple to release three “iPhone 11” models this fall, each with an A13 chip, Lightning port, and a new Taptic Engine, as 3D Touch goes away  —  Similar to last year's introduction of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, Apple will release three new ‘iPhone 11’ models this fall.
Joe Tidy / BBC:
Profile of Marcin Kleczynski, CEO and co-founder of Malwarebytes, who quietly grew the company in his dorm to a multi-million dollar/year business by graduation  —  The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world.  This week we speak to Marcin Kleczynski …
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
NSA will create a cybersecurity directorate led by Anne Neuberger starting October 1, to help align offensive and defensive operations more closely  —  Anne Neuberger, tapped as head, warns against ‘not engaging in the fight’  —  The National Security Agency will create a cybersecurity directorate later …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Sources: FTC will allege that Facebook misled users on how it used phone numbers and poorly informed them about facial recognition; FB won't have to admit guilt  —  The Federal Trade Commission plans to allege that Facebook misled users' about its handling of their phone numbers as part …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple is in advanced talks to buy Intel's smartphone modem chip business in a deal valued at $1B+ covering staff and a portfolio of patents  —  Apple Inc. AAPL 2.29% is in advanced talks to buy Intel Corp. INTC 2.15% 's smartphone-modem chip business, according to people familiar with the matter …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Heap, which automates company analytics by collecting and organizing customer behavioral data, raises $55M Series C led by NewView Capital  —  Since co-founding Heap, CEO Matin Movassate has been saying that he wants to take on the analytics incumbents.  Today, he's got more money to fund that challenge …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Flaw in Facebook's Messenger Kids let kids invite a parent-approved user into a group chat even if that user wasn't authorized to chat with others in the group  —  ‘We recently notified some parents... about a technical error,’ a Facebook representative said
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Profile of Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, who has donated $100M+ to charities and who champions “vigorous, trustworthy journalism” and women in tech  —  Craig Newmark is a man of quiet contradiction.  Wrapped in a sweater the color of hot chocolate, the 66-year-old founder …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Mixhalo raises $10.7M Series A led by Foundry Group to bring better sound quality to live events through smartphone users' earbuds  —  Mixhalo — the startup co-founded by Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and his wife, violinist Ann Marie Simpson-Einziger — has raised $10.7 million in Series A funding.
James B. Cutchin / Los Angeles Times:
How US companies quietly acceded to Chinese government demands to add ID-tracking and playtime restriction systems to games like Fortnite and World of Warcraft  —  Last October, software developers at Riot Games in Santa Monica fielded an unusual request.  As with other video game makers …
Jason D. Rowley / Crunchbase News:
Commission-free trading app Robinhood raises $323M Series E led by DST Global at a $7.6B post-money valuation and has raised a total of $862M to date  —  Unless you were some hotshot finance person in the 1980s, you probably only recently started using your mobile phone to place trades.
Stacy Cowley / New York Times:
Equifax will pay at least $650M and potentially significantly more to end an array of state, federal, and consumer claims over the 2017 data breach  —  The credit bureau Equifax will pay at least $650 million and potentially significantly more to end an array of state, federal and consumer claims …

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