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August 19, 2019, 8:35 AM

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Bloomberg:
Trump says that at a recent dinner Tim Cook made a “very compelling argument” that Apple might lose its edge to Samsung due to tariffs on goods from China  —  - Many made-in-China Apple products to be hit soon with tariffs  — Apple CEO made ‘good case’ about tariffs at dinner: Trump
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[Thread] Twitter has been running ads from Chinese state news agency Xinhua that aim to discredit protesters in Hong-Kong  —  Every day I go out and see stuff with my own eyes, and then I go to report it on Twitter and see promoted tweets saying the opposite of what I saw. Twitter is taking money from Chinese propaganda outfits and running these promoted tweets against the top Hong Kong protest hashtags https://twitter.com/...
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
23 Texas local governments hit in what appears to be a coordinated ransomware attack  —  Infection blamed on a strain of ransomware known only as the “.JSE ransomware.”  —  Twenty-three local Texas governments have been infected with ransomware last week in what Texas officials have described as a coordinated attack.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
IRS sends out letters warning taxpayers that data it received from crypto exchanges shows they owe taxes related to trades over the past several years  —  The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is sending another round of warning letters to cryptocurrency users, this time to taxpayers …
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Binance says it plans to launch Venus, an “independent regional version of Libra”, which will develop “localized” stablecoins pegged to fiat currencies  —  The world's largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance is planning to launch “Venus,” calling it an …
David Nield / TechRadar.com:
Ming-Chi Kuo expects a new Apple Watch Series 5 this year, as watchOS 6 beta code indicates that ceramic and titanium casings may be coming  —  And maybe the Series 4 too  —  You wait all year for some decent Apple Watch Series 5 rumors and then two come along at once …
Wouter Geerts / Skift:
Report: top 5 short-term rental firms like Airbnb, which accounted for only 4% of bookings in 2010, are estimated to account for 73% of gross bookings in 2019  —  The short-term rental ecosystem, from property managers and platforms to business-to-business vendors, is rapidly expanding.
Andrew Hutchinson / Social Media Today:
After launching Chats in Facebook Groups in October of last year, Facebook says it is removing the feature and will archive existing chats on August 22  —  Facebook has announced that it's removing the group chat functionality that it launched in October last year, which was designed …
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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Cloud-based file transfer company WeTransfer raises €35M in a secondary funding round led by European growth equity firm HPE Growth  —  WeTransfer, the Amsterdam-headquartered company that is best know for its file-sharing service, is disclosing a €35 million secondary funding round.

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