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July 10, 2020, 9:05 PM

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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 …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Amazon says it will not ask employees to remove TikTok from their mobile devices, and an internal email asking them to delete the app was sent in error  —  The company confirms that an email was sent out in error earlier today  —  Amazon says that it will not ask employees to remove …
The Information:
Wells Fargo tells employees to remove TikTok from corporate-owned devices due to privacy and security concerns, says devices are only for company business use  —  It was a head-spinning day for TikTok, the hit video-sharing app.  Hours after Amazon told employees to delete TikTok from their phones …
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Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Young people, who found an outlet for creative expression in TikTok amid lockdown, say a US ban would be devastating, as some flock to YouTube and Byte  —  Gen Z and millennial users have found community on the app, particularly during the last few isolating months.  And for some of them, it's their livelihood.
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 SV figures and the journalists increasingly critical of the tech industry, based on Slate Star Codex vs. The NYT  —  How a controversial rationalist blogger became a mascot and martyr in a struggle against the New York Times.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The App Store's primary purpose should be to steer third-party apps toward excellence; split screen multitasking in Gmail for iPad should't have taken 5 years  —  Feel free to file Google's release this week of an update to their iPad Gmail app with support for split-screen multitasking under …
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.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:

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