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July 16, 2020, 9:10 PM

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
The Twitter attack may have been perpetrated by Joseph James Connor, a 21-year-old English SIM swapper linked to a group that hijacked @jack's account last year  —  Twitter was thrown into chaos on Wednesday after accounts for some of the world's most recognizable public figures …
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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.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q2 revenue of $6.15B, up 24.9% YoY, and expects 2.5M net subscriber additions for Q3 vs analyst estimates of 5.27M; stock down 9%+ after hours  —  - Analysts counted Netflix among the safer bets during stay-at-home orders in the U.S. and the company showed substantial subscriber growth last quarter.
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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 APT29 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.
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 …
Reuters:
AG Barr accuses Apple, Google, and Microsoft of collaboration with CCP, says iPhones wouldn't be sold in China if they were “impervious to penetration” by China  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General William Barr took aim at Hollywood companies, including Walt Disney Co …
Ina Fried / Axios:
T-Mobile announces ScamShield, a free service to block robocalls for all T-Mobile, Metro, and Sprint customers  —  T-Mobile announced Thursday it will offer ScamShield, a free scam-blocking service to all T-Mobile, Metro and Sprint customers.  —  Why it matters: Robocalls remain the scourge …
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
EU antitrust regulators launch sectorial inquiry into IoT, including interoperability of devices and how smart assistants like Siri or Alexa use collected data  —  - Vestager warns that voice assistants may offer less choice  — Some 400 firms to be quizzed, EU to present results in 2021

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