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July 16, 2020, 3:35 PM

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Joseph Cox / VICE:
Sources share screenshots of an internal control panel they say Twitter workers use to interact with user accounts, which may have enabled account takeovers  —  After a wave of account takeovers, screenshots of an internal Twitter user administration tool are being shared in the hacking underground.
Reuters:
Sources: the FBI is leading a federal inquiry into the Twitter hack  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is leading a federal inquiry into the Twitter hacking, two sources familiar with the situation said, after hackers seized control of accounts belonging to Joe Biden …
TechCrunch:
Hackers pushing a crypto scam hijacked Twitter accounts for Bitcoin, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Ripple, Binance, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Apple, more  —  A number of high-profile Twitter accounts were simultaneously hacked on Wednesday by attackers who used the accounts …
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it will offer its game streaming service, currently called Project xCloud, for free to its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers in September  —  xCloud will get a new name and some bigger ambitions  —  Microsoft is planning to launch its game streaming service …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it is halting production of its Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition consoles, ahead of Series X launch  —  The Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured  —  Microsoft is officially halting production of its Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition consoles.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EU's top court strikes down flagship EU-US data transfer mechanism Privacy Shield, in a ruling that could impact thousands of companies including Facebook  —  A highly anticipated ruling by Europe's top court has just landed — striking down a flagship EU-US data flows arrangement called Privacy Shield.
Wall Street Journal:
US and UK say state-backed Russian hacking group APT 29 is responsible for ongoing cyberattacks against orgs involved in the development of coronavirus vaccines  —  Targets include universities, private companies and other organizations working on vaccine research and testing globally
Christine Fisher / Engadget:
Facebook adds screen sharing to Messenger video calls on its iOS and Android apps  —  The next time you're video chatting with a friend on your Facebook Messenger mobile app, you'll be able to quickly share your screen.  Today, Facebook added screen sharing to Messenger video calls on its iOS and Android mobile apps.
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky tells employees that the company's IPO plans are back on track, despite the COVID-19 pandemic  —  After a financial hit from the pandemic, the San Francisco company said business was starting to return from its nose-dive.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb has resumed …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it will launch Instagram Reels, its answer to TikTok, in the US, UK, Japan, Mexico, and ~50 other countries in the coming weeks  —  Instagram confirmed it's preparing to soon launch its TikTok competitor, known as Reels, in the U.S. The company expects to bring the new video feature …
Ryan McCarthy / ProPublica:
Analysis shows voting misinformation flourishes on Facebook: about 50% of top 50 posts that have mentioned voting by mail since April 1 were false or misleading  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
EU launches a sweeping antitrust inquiry into how tech giants might be using voice assistants like Siri and Alexa to restrict access to data  —  - Vestager warns that voice assistants may offer less choice  — Some 400 firms to be quizzed, EU to present results in 2021
Dave Lee / Financial Times:
Instacart sues Uber-owned Cornershop, one of the largest delivery apps in Latin America, alleging theft of product images, descriptions, and pricing info  —  Grocery delivery app Cornershop stole intellectual property, lawsuit claims  —  Grocery delivery app Instacart is suing Cornershop …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook says it is tying employee diversity and inclusion to bi-annual performance reviews for some executives at the VP level and higher  —  - Facebook is now factoring how well its executives do with diversity and inclusion within their organizations when it comes to their bi-annual performance reviews.
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