July 25, 2019, 4:33 PM

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Apple to acquire the majority of Intel's smartphone modem business in a transaction valued at $1B  —  Cupertino and Santa Clara, California — Apple and Intel have signed an agreement for Apple to acquire the majority of Intel's smartphone modem business.  Approximately 2,200 Intel employees …
Sources: Apple's suppliers are preparing to produce components for up to 75M new iPhones in H2 2019, roughly the same number as in 2018  —  - New models to focus on upgrades to cameras, faster processor  — Samsung's and Huawei's problems could help Apple in long run
Washington Post:
Current and former moderators in Manila describe how tech companies like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter outsource the trauma that comes with content moderation  —  Social media giants have tasked a workforce of contractors with reviewing suicides and massacres to decide if such content …
Caroline Haskins / VICE:
FOIA docs show Ring required Lakeland, FL, police to advertise its surveillance cameras in exchange for free products and a portal for requesting footage  —  The Lakeland, Florida police department is required to “encourage adoption” of Ring products as part of a secret agreement with the company.
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Facebook's ad library is so plagued by bugs and technical constraints that researchers say it is effectively useless to adequately track political advertising  —  The social network's new ad library is so flawed, researchers say, that it is effectively useless as a way to track political messaging.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
T-Mobile says it will not carry Samsung's Galaxy Fold when it is released in September; AT&T says it is still working with Samsung  —  It will still work on the network, but it's a ding against Samsung  —  Now that Samsung has announced that it has made changes to the Galaxy Fold …
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Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
House passes bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, requiring telcos to implement tech that verifies caller identity and increases FCC penalties  —  The House on Wednesday took a major step toward cracking down on illegal robocalls by passing legislation allowing for tougher penalties …
Pew Research Center:
Study of YouTube channels with 250K+ subs in early 2019: a small share produce most of the content, kids videos do very well, and most videos aren't in English  —  An analysis of every video posted by high-subscriber channels in the first week of 2019 finds that children's content …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
FTC announces a $5B fine against Facebook for repeated privacy violations as part of a settlement that requires federal oversight of its business practices  —  The settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and Facebook ends a 16-month probe that began after revelations of the tech giant's entanglement with Cambridge Analytica
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Jon Porter / The Verge:
eBay says it will launch Managed Delivery, its own fulfillment service, in the US next year with an aim to deliver packages in two to three days  —  Although it won't own its own warehouses  —  eBay has announced plans to launch its own fulfillment service called Managed Delivery …
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Kotaku:
Report: 74% of gamers in the US have experienced some form of harassment with 65% experiencing severe harassment including physical threats and stalking  —  74 percent of adults who play games online have experienced some form of harassment, according to a new report released today.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
SF-based Replicant raises $7M in seed funding, led by Atomic, for Thinking Machine, its AI-powered call center solution  —  Autonomous customer service agents are fast becoming the rule rather than the exception, and that's partly because consumers seem to prefer it that way.
Jonathan Zittrain / New Yorker:
A look at the potential downsides of using the “answers first, explanations later” approach to building and deploying AI systems for solving real world problems  —  Like many medications, the wakefulness drug modafinil, which is marketed under the trade name Provigil, comes with a small, tightly folded paper pamphlet.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Intel beats with Q2 revenue of $16.5B, down 3% YoY, vs. $15.6B est., and Client Computing Group revenue of $8.84B, up 1% YoY; stock up 5%+ after hours  —  KEY POINTS  —  Bob Swan, then-interim chief executive officer and chief financial officer of Intel Corp., reacts during the inauguration …

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