July 14, 2020, 8:25 PM

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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 …
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 …
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
A look at Mitre Corp., a government-linked skunkworks organization that has been making bleeding edge tech for US agencies for more than six decades  —  Whether it's an invisible Aston Martin or an exploding pen, whenever James Bond needs a high-tech edge, he heads right for Q and his secretive MI6 lab.
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.
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
AMD unveils its first line of workstation processors, Ryzen Threadripper Pro, with up to 64 cores, only available in OEM hardware; Lenovo is the launch partner  —  Last year we spotted that AMD was in the market to hire a new lead product manager for a ‘workstation division’.
Sources: Google is in advanced talks to invest $4B in Reliance Industries' Jio Platforms and an announcement could come as soon as the next few weeks  —  - Announcement could come as soon as the next few weeks  — Google on Monday pledged to invest $10 billion in India
Sean McDonald / Centre for International …:
When the public focuses on tech instead of a holistic solution to address complex policy issues, like with contact tracing apps, “technology theater” is at work  —  When the public is focusing on a technology instead of a holistic solution to address complex policy issues, technology theatre is working.
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
Google Cloud debuts Confidential VMs, which keeps data encrypted while in use, and Assured Workloads for Governments, which helps meet compliance requirements  —  Confidential VMs are the the first product in Google's Confidential Computing portfolio, which will deliver breakthrough technology to encrypt data in use

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