July 15, 2020, 10:25 AM

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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.
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
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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