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August 7, 2019, 3:15 PM

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Joseph Cox / VICE:
Source and documents show Microsoft contractors are listening to some Skype calls made using the app's translation service  —  Contractors working for Microsoft are listening to personal conversations of Skype users conducted through the app's translation service, according to a cache of internal documents …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony say they will require game publishers to disclose the odds of receiving types of in-game items from loot boxes starting in 2020  —  And a handful of publishers, too  —  The three major video game console manufacturers — Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo …
Bloomberg:
FedEx says it will not renew its ground-delivery contract with Amazon when it expires at the end of this month, as the e-commerce giant emerges as a competitor  —  FedEx Corp. is snipping another tie with Amazon.com Inc. as the e-commerce giant emerges as a competitor by building its own shipping network.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Webflow, a simple website builder for non-coders, raises $72M Series A led by Accel, after previously raising only $2.9M; sources say valuation is $350M-$400M  —  Covering venture capital, software and startups  —  On his fourth attempt at building the company of his dreams …
Reuters:
Trump stepped up accusations against Google on Tuesday, claiming without evidence that Google worked against him in 2016 and warning he was watching it closely  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday stepped up his accusations against Google, claiming without offering evidence …
Washington Post:
White House says it will hold a summit with tech companies on Friday to discuss violent online extremism, but does not say which companies are attending  —  The White House will host top tech companies to discuss the rise of violent online extremism on Friday, marking the Trump administration's …
Paul Roberts / The Seattle Times:
Epik, which serves sites like Gab.com and Daily Stormer, says it will not provide 8chan with DoS or CDN services through its BitMitigate division  —  A Seattle-area web-hosting firm has reversed course and decided not to host the 8chan web forum linked to Saturday's mass shooting in El Paso.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
In a 130-page court filing, Kik says SEC's lawsuit manipulated facts and took comments out of context about its 2017 token sale, which raised $100M  —  The Takeaway:  — Kik claims the SEC took executives' comments out of context in a suit alleging the startup's 2017 token sale violated securities laws.
Greg Bensinger / Washington Post:
Investigation finds Amazon and Google listing firearm and gun accessories, such as ammunition, as recently as Monday, despite policies banning such items  —  Software algorithms are meant to catch and eliminate banned goods, but some items such as shotgun rounds slip through.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Five days after leaving Twitch for Mixer, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins hits 1M active subscribers on Microsoft's streaming service  —  The question is how long they'll stick around  —  After just five days of streaming, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is boasting 1 million active subscribers on Mixer …

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