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July 15, 2020, 3:40 PM

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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
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 13.6 with Apple News+ audio content, CarKey, improvements to software updates, and more  —  Apple is making iOS 13.6 available to all users today.  The update brings new features like improved support for downloading and installing system updates, the all-new Apple News+ Audio content …
Apple:
Apple updates News to include audio stories on Apple News+, a daily audio news briefing, and curated local news collections in five US cities and regions  —  Apple is introducing several new features for Apple News and Apple News+, including audio stories of some of the best feature stories from Apple News+ …
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 after 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 …
Manuel Vonau / Android Police:
Leaked slides from Google's Cloud Next 2020 event appear to show plans for integrating Meet, Chat, Docs, and Rooms into the Gmail app  —  Google has only recently announced that it was integrating its video-conferencing service Meet with the Gmail app, a move that was met with some criticism.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Zoom unveils a $599 all-in-one home communications device with a 27-inch touchscreen, 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 …
Raphael Satter / Reuters:
A freelancer with Jerusalem Post and The Algemeiner bylines, who attacked critics of NSO Group, seems to be an elaborate fiction with a deepfake profile photo  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oliver Taylor, a student at England's University of Birmingham, is a twenty-something with brown eyes, light stubble, and a slightly stiff smile.
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 …
Nikkei Asian Review:
Sources: Facebook and Sony are preparing to ramp up production of Oculus VR and PlayStation 5 devices by around 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.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook announces it will launch Facts about Covid-19, a new section in the Covid Information Center, to debunk myths about the pandemic  —  - Facebook announced it will launch a new section of its social network dedicated to dispel inaccurate myths about Covid-19.
Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
Xiaomi unveils a range of new lifestyle products, including the Mi Smart Band 5, AirPod-like Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic, and Mi TV Stick  —  In 2018 Xiaomi released its first electric scooter that appeared across cities from various providers.  Today, the company revealed a couple …
Steven Perlberg / Digiday:
Slack, introduced to newsrooms to boost efficiency, is now serving another purpose: letting journalists organize and criticize, forcing management to respond  —  On the evening of June 6, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet entered the chat.  —  Times employees were in open revolt following …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon says it's telling staff that can work from home to do so until January 8, 2021, after pushing back the date to October 2 in May  —  - Amazon has told staff who can work from home to do so until Jan. 8.  — It comes after Amazon in May pushed back its return to work deadline to at least Oct. 2.
More: The Verge and GeekWire
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Microsoft partners with Land O'Lakes, America's third-largest agricultural cooperative, to develop an AI-powered AgTech platform to help farmers  —  The software company reveals a partnership with dairy cooperative Land O'Lakes that will equip cows with sensors and other gear to improve yields.
Substack Blog:
Substack begins offering legal support to US-based writers with paid subscriptions who publish work that may attract unreasonable legal pressure  —  For the last few months, we have been piloting a legal support program for independent writers on Substack.  As part of this program …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Bond, which offers tools to let any company offer credit or debit cards, raises $32M Series A led by Coatue  —  Our mission to help you navigate the new normal is fueled by subscribers.  To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today.  —  Apple launched a credit card last year …
More: PR NewswireThanks:@jeffjohnroberts

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