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July 7, 2020, 8:10 PM

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Free Press:
After meeting between leaders of Facebook, ADL, Free Press, NAACP, and Color Of Change, boycott organizers are unconvinced meaningful change will occur at FB  —  WASHINGTON — On Tuesday afternoon, leaders of four of the organizations coordinating the #StopHateForProfit advertising boycott met …
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US is “looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps amid rising tensions between US and China  —  - The U.S. is “looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.
Ina Fried / Axios:
TikTok says it will pull its app from Google Play and App Store in Hong Kong after a new security law, claiming it doesn't and wouldn't share data with China  —  TikTok said Monday night that it would pull its social video platform out of the Google and Apple app stores in Hong Kong amid …
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Jason Del Rey / Vox:
Sources: Walmart+, a $98/year Amazon Prime rival, will launch in July, with same-day delivery, discounts at Walmart gas stations, reserved delivery slots, more  —  After announcing a number of improvements to its online shopping experience, Walmart is now taking aim at Amazon Prime membership.
New York Times:
Magic Leap hires Peggy Johnson, who led Microsoft's business development, as CEO, starting in August  —  Peggy Johnson, who led Microsoft's business development, will take over the struggling virtual reality start-up in August.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Magic Leap said on Tuesday …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Prime Video launches user profiles globally, allowing six per account, giving access to a Watchlist, personalized recommendations, and viewing progress  —  Amazon's Prime Video is finally adding a feature that's long since become a standard for streaming video services: user profiles.
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Fraunhofer announces H.266/VVC, a new video compression standard that it says cuts file sizes by ~50% compared to its predecessor without compromising quality  —  Having engineered the popular music encoding format MPEG-3 before developing the widely-used video formats H.264 (AVC) and H.265 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Phil Libin debuts Mmhmm, a Mac videoconference tool in invite-only beta that enables Weekend Update-style presentations with dynamic backgrounds  —  The next generation of videoconferencing is now in beta  —  The future of video chat will look more like Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update than it will Zoom.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast plans to invest $2B in Peacock by 2021, expects it to generate $2.5B in revenue by 2024 with 30M-35M users, says users gravitate to its curated channels  —  In September 2019, Steve Burke, then NBCUniversal chief executive, called Matt Strauss, with a question: Would he take the wheel of the Peacock project?
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