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August 7, 2019, 12:52 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Disney CEO says Disney+ will have a $12.99 bundle that includes ad-supported Hulu and ESPN+ when it launches on November 12  —  The Streamable is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission when you sign up with our links.  —  On today's, Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Call Disney …
Aaron Tilley / The Information:
Sources: Apple will make changes to the iOS API for internet voice calls, limiting what apps like WhatsApp can do in the background  —  Apple is taking a swipe at Facebook and other messaging apps by making a small but significant change to its mobile operating system.
Abhishek Baxi / OnMSFT.com:
Microsoft will stop publishing MSDN Magazine after 30+ years, with its last issue slated for November, says subscribers will receive a pro-rated refund  —  After more than three decades of publishing editorial content and providing technical guidance to the Microsoft developer community …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Facebook sues two Android app developers, accusing them of generating fake clicks on Facebook ads via apps available in Google Play  —  Facebook has filed lawsuits against two app developers accused of generating fraudulent revenue using the social media giant's advertising platform.
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.

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