July 15, 2020, 2:15 AM

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Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
TikTok outflanked Facebook, focusing on curation and user-made video, but its China ties mean privacy, censorship, and propaganda issues should lead to a US ban  —  Over the last week, as the idea of banning TikTok in the U.S. has shifted from a fringe idea to a seeming inevitability …
Shannon Vavra / CyberScoop:
Microsoft issues a patch for a critical “wormable” flaw affecting OSes including Windows 10 and Server; Check Point says the flaw has been in code for 17 years  —  Microsoft is issuing a patch for a severe and wormable Windows Domain Name System Server vulnerability …
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Samsung predicts early commercialization of 6G networks “as early as 2028”, and places bets on terahertz radio spectrum to reach peak data rates 50 times 5G  —  Take the latest VB Survey to share how your company is implementing AI today.  —  Just as the earliest 5G networks began …
Wall Street Journal:
UK says it will bar telecom companies from purchasing new equipment from Huawei and gives them until 2027 to remove its technology from their 5G networks  —  British government gives cellular companies until 2027 to remove Chinese firm's technology  —  LONDON—The British government …
Wall Street Journal:
Investigation: Google Search displays YouTube videos more prominently than nearly identical videos from Facebook and other sites; sources say this is by design  —  Facebook and other competitors host the same videos, but engineers have made changes that effectively preference YouTube—owned by Google—over other video sources.
Report: phones of many politicians in Spain, including the Pres. of the Parliament of Catalonia, were hacked; source: Spain has been an NSO customer since 2015  —  The cellphones of several politicians in Spain, including that of the president of one of the countries' autonomous regional parliaments …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Regulations passed this week in the EU afford App Store devs new protections, such as a 30 day warning before removing an app from store, with some exceptions  —  App Store developers in the European Union now have more protections afforded to them following the passage of new regulations this week …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify is launching a Trending podcast chart with 50 rising shows, and expanding its Top chart to the 200 most popular shows overall, localized by region  —  A long-awaited feature  —  Spotify is revamping its podcast charts today to help listeners find new shows and keep up with what people are enjoying in their area.
US reverses directive requiring international students take an in-person class to avoid being sent home, following a suit with support from the tech industry  —  - Deal ends standoff that could have sent thousands back home  — Schools can now resume planning for the fall semester
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Business giant SAP patches RECON bug, which impacted most of its customers and let hackers create admin accounts on SAP servers  —  SAP patches bug impacting most of its apps and customer base.  —  Business giant SAP released a patch today for a major vulnerability that impacts the vast majority of its customers.
Sources: Datto, a provider of cloud-based data backup software and protection services for SMBs, has confidentially filed for an IPO  —  - Company could plan listing for later this year or 2021  —  Datto Inc., a developer of cloud-based data backup software, has filed confidentially …
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Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Massachusetts sues Uber and Lyft, alleging they misclassified drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, following California  —  'Uber and Lyft set the rates.  They alone set the rules.  Drivers are employees'  —  Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against Uber and Lyft …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Amazon unveils Dash Cart, a shopping cart that links to Amazon account, tracks items placed inside, and allows cashierless checkout, first at Amazon's LA store  —  The Dash Cart is coming to Amazon's LA grocery store later this year  —  Amazon is expanding its real-world footprint …

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