July 14, 2020, 6:30 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  —  Manage your Stratechery subscription.  —  Over the last week, as the idea of banning TikTok in the U.S. has shifted …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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’.
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.
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.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
MGM's 2019 data breach may have affected 142M+ guests, not 10.6M as first reported, according to dark web marketplace; data includes contact details and DoB  —  EXCLUSIVE: The MGM Resorts 2019 data breach is much larger than initially reported.  —  The MGM Resorts 2019 data breach …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Cloud unveils BigQuery Omni, which lets developers query data that sits in multiple clouds, covering GCP and AWS for now, with Azure support coming later  —  At its virtual Cloud Next '20 event, Google today announced a number of updates to its cloud portfolio, but the public alpha launch …

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