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July 9, 2020, 8:30 AM

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Nick Statt / The Verge:
Sensor Tower: of the ~910K users that signed up for Quibi's 3-month free trial in April, only 8%, ~72K, converted to a paid subscription after the trial ended  —  The struggling streaming video platform has a not-so-great conversion rate  —  Streaming service Quibi only managed to convert …
Washington Post:
Facebook says it removed 100+ Pages and accounts linked to felon Roger Stone, as well as some linked to Brazil's Bolsonaro, for coordinated inauthentic behavior  —  The longtime Trump friend and former campaign adviser used fake accounts and other deceptive tactics to manipulate public debate, the company said
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Apple says it remains “committed to the future of Thunderbolt and will support it in Macs with Apple silicon”  —  Apple silicon will still work with Intel's port standard  —  Apple is moving away from Intel's chipsets in favor of its new, custom-designed ARM chips …
Chuong Nguyen / Digital Trends:
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Sources describe stories of young, inexperienced investors on Robinhood engaging in riskier trades at far higher volumes than customers of other brokerages  —  Its users buy and sell the riskiest financial products and do so more frequently than customers at other retail brokerage firms …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Police are buying access to hacked data, including passwords, IP addresses, and more to help with investigations in an end-run around the usual legal processes  —  The sale is “an end-run around the usual legal processes.”  —  Joseph Cox  —  Hackers break into websites, steal information …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Microsoft announces Together Mode for Teams, which overlays group call participants onto the same virtual background, and adds meeting transcripts and more  —  As the pandemic continues to reshape office work, Microsoft is adding new features to Teams that aim to make video calls more human …
Ryne Hager / Android Police:
Bloomberg:
TikTok users are joining in the “Dogecoin Challenge”, driving up the cryptocurrency's market cap by 40% to $500M in a day, as many pitch fanciful price targets  —  - Dogecoin surges thanks to the latest TikTok challenge  — ‘Stay Safe.  Be Smart,’ Dogecoin Twitter tells investors
Bloomberg Law:
Coinbase hires Paul Grewal, VP and deputy general counsel for Facebook, as its chief legal officer  —  Listen  —  Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase raided Facebook Inc. for one of its top in-house lawyers on Tuesday, hiring Paul Grewal to serve as its new chief legal officer.
Bloomberg:
Google says it has shut down Isolated Region, a major new cloud service project for China, and isn't weighing other options to offer its cloud platform in China  —  - ‘Isolated Region’ said to be shelved over tensions, pandemic  — Cloud providers racing to isolate data for companies, nations
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Google has open sourced Tsunami, a vulnerability scanner for large-scale enterprise networks consisting of thousands of internet-connected systems and servers  —  Google says Tsunami is an extensible network scanner for detecting high-severity vulnerabilities with as little false-positives as possible.
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Sue Halpern / New Yorker:
An in-depth look at Microsoft's ElectionGuard voting software, led by cryptographer Josh Benaloh, which aims to check whether election results are accurate  —  A mathematician's quest to make American elections more trustworthy.  —  Near the end of last year, I met Josh Benaloh …
Crystal Tse / Bloomberg:
BlueCity, owner of Chinese LGBTQ dating app Blued, closed up 46% in its Nasdaq debut, after raising $85M at $16 per share  —  The owner of Blued, China's biggest LGBTQ dating app, climbed 46% in its trading debut after raising $85 million in a U.S. initial public offering.
Karen Chiu / South China Morning Post:
In Hong Kong, Facebook and WhatsApp have a penetration rate of around 80% according to Statista, Instagram has around 60%, whereas WeChat is used by just 54%  —  Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft all say they're suspending requests for user data in Hong Kong because of a new national …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon will require US marketplace sellers to display their business name and address on public profiles in September, already a rule in Europe, Japan, Mexico  —  - Amazon informed U.S. sellers on Wednesday that it will soon require them to disclose their business name and address on their public profile.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
An independent audit commissioned by Facebook harshly criticizes the company, arguing that some of its decisions were “significant setbacks for civil rights”  —  An independent audit faulted the social network for allowing hate speech and disinformation to thrive — potentially posing a threat to the November elections.

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