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July 10, 2020, 5:05 PM

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New York Times:
Internal email: Amazon asks its employees to delete TikTok from any devices that “access Amazon email” by Friday, citing “security risks”  —  TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has been under scrutiny as a potential national security threat.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook is considering imposing a ban on political ads on its network in the days leading up to the US election in November  —  Facebook Inc. is considering imposing a ban on political ads on its social network in the days leading up to the U.S. election in November …
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Kuo: Apple Silicon Macs to include 13-inch MacBook Pro this year, MacBook Air this year or Q1 2021, and 14.1-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in 2021  —  At last month's WWDC, Apple officially announced that its Mac computers will be transitioned from Intel x86 to homegrown Apple Silicon chips.
James Vincent / The Verge:
An issue with Facebook SDK, which lasted for about 3 hours, crashed iOS apps for TikTok, Spotify, Tinder, Pinterest, and others that use Facebook Login  —  The issue has now been resolved and apps are working once more  —  A number of popular apps and services including Spotify, Pinterest …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Report: Apple is making thousands of semitransparent lenses for its AR headset at a Foxconn factory as part of engineering validation test stage of the product  —  Apple and Foxconn have reached a key milestone in the development of Apple's long-rumored augmented reality headset …
Gideon Lewis-Kraus / New Yorker:
A deep look at the rift between some prominent Silicon Valley figures and increasingly critical media, based on the case of Slate Star Codex vs. The NYT  —  How a controversial rationalist blogger became a mascot and martyr in a struggle against the New York Times.
Bharath Manjesh / Reuters:
Rackspace, a cloud services company which went private in 2016 after a $4.3B buyout by Apollo Global, once again files for a US IPO  —  (Reuters) - Cloud services firm Rackspace Technology Inc, owned by private equity firm Apollo Global Management, filed for a U.S. initial public offering on Friday.
More: SEC, TechCrunch, and Seeking AlphaTweets: @pinkyswearing
David Shepardson / Reuters:
US is finalizing a federal contract ban for any company that uses products from Chinese companies Huawei, Hikvision, Hytera, Dahua, and ZTE  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration plans to finalize regulations this week that will bar the U.S. government from buying goods or services …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Gartner and IDC see YoY growth in Q2 PC shipments, 2.8% and 11.2% respectively, with both firms seeing the gains as short-term, driven by work-from-home demands  —  After years of bad news, PC shipments saw growth in 2019, only to have the coronavirus pandemic cut the celebration short in Q1 2020.
Rob Picheta / CNN:
Instagram will expand its policies on hate speech worldwide to include posts that advertise or promote conversion therapy  —  What Instagram is doing differently during coronavirus crisis  —  London (CNN Business)Instagram will ban any content that promotes conversion therapy …
Bloomberg:
A state appeals court ruled that Bitfinex must face lawsuit claims by New York state that it hid the loss of $800M commingled client and corporate funds  —  - Crypto exchange argued state had no authority to pursue case  — Court said stablecoin Tether is a security or a commodity
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Epic Games releases an iOS app, called Live Link Face, enabling the recording of facial expressions directly into the Unreal Engine  —  Using Apple's ARKit and the iPhone's TrueDepth camera  —  A newly released iOS app from Epic Games lets developers record facial expressions …
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