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July 15, 2020, 10:25 AM

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Bloomberg:
Apple wins its EU court fight over the record $14.9B Irish tax bill, as EU's General Court rules that Ireland's tax arrangements with Apple weren't illegal  —  - EU lower court ruling on Apple, Ireland cases can be appealed  — Company, Ireland challenged European Commission decision
Danish Khan / The Economic Times:
Google says it will invest $4.5B in Jio Platforms for a 7.73% stake as part of the recently announced $10B India digitization fund  —  This investment will be part of Google's recently announced $10 billion India digitization fund  —  Internet major Google is buying a 7.73% stake …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Yahoo News:
Sources: CIA has conducted cyberattacks against Iran, Russia, and others since Trump signed a secret order in 2018 giving the CIA more freedom for such activity  —  The Central Intelligence Agency has conducted a series of covert cyber operations against Iran and other targets since winning …
Abrar Al-Heeti / CNET:
Google sued for allegedly tracking users' app activity via Firebase even after opting out of sharing data in settings, following Incognito mode suit last month  —  A lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges Google tracks user activity through hundreds of thousands of apps, even after people opt out of sharing information.
Nikkei Asian Review:
Sources: Facebook and Sony are ramping up production of Oculus VR and PlayStation 5 devices by as much as 50% as demand soars during the pandemic  —  Oculus VR headsets and PlayStation 5 benefit as demand soars in pandemic  —  A woman with an Oculus Quest VR headset at Facebook Developer Conference in 2019.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Zoom unveils a $599 all-in-one home communications device with a 27-inch screen, pre-loaded Zoom software, eight microphones, and three wide-angle cameras  —  Zoom has become the de facto standard for online communications during the pandemic, but the company has found that it's still …
Seth Colaner / VentureBeat:
The EFF, in partnership with the University of Nevada, launches a searchable database of 3,000+ US police agencies and the tech surveillance tools they use  —  Take the latest VB Survey to share how your company is implementing AI today.  —  It took me less than 10 seconds to find …
More: Wired
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Early review of Peacock: succeeds as a streaming service with familiar Browse section and a robust library, but Trending and Channels sections are underwhelming  —  Too many things piled into one app  —  Every new streaming service is looking for standout features to differentiate themselves …
The Information:
Source: in an agreement signed in May 2019, TikTok committed to buying more than $800M in cloud services from Google over a three-year period  —  For years, Google Cloud has languished in third place in the cloud computing market, with fewer marquee customers to boast of than rivals Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.
Bloomberg:
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
Bloomberg:
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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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 …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
EU regulations passed this week give App Store developers 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 …
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.
Craig Chapple / Sensor Tower Blog:
Analysis: 2,500+ mobile games were removed from Apple's App Store in China in the first seven days of July, following a crackdown on unlicensed games  —  More than 2,500 mobile games were removed from China's App Store in the first seven days of July following a crackdown on titles …
Priscila Bellini / Rest of World:
After a data blackout of official COVID-19 figures by the Brazilian government, dozens of volunteer developers are working to ensure the information is public  —  After a data blackout of official Covid-19 figures, Brazilian software developers decided to build alternative tallies.
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 …

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