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July 16, 2020, 1:15 PM

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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 …
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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.
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Twitter hack has profound national security implications as it's no longer unthinkable that someone takes over an account of a world leader to start nuclear war  —  You can't say you didn't see it coming.  —  Whatever Twitter eventually comes to say about the events of July 15th, 2020 …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches a new livestreaming option for influencers on its Amazon Live service, a home shopping network-style video feed on Amazon's retail site  —  Amazon is giving live streamers a new way to earn commissions on purchases of products showcased in their streams.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google debuts a major update to Gmail for G Suite, bringing integrations with Chat, Meet, Rooms, Docs, and more, coming first to G Suite's early adopter program  —  Google is launching a major update to its G Suite productivity tools today that will see a deep integration of Gmail, Chat …
Nick Summers / Engadget:
Instagram is rolling out a redesigned shopping hub with collections, a carousel of brands, and curated selections from Instagram's own @Shop account  —  It'll be available globally “in the coming weeks.”  —  7m ago … You might have noticed that Instagram has an area called ‘Shop.’ It's accessible …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google's Area 120 launches Shoploop, a short-form video interactive shopping app  —  Google's latest experiment is a video shopping platform designed to introduce consumers to new products in under 90 seconds.  The company today is launching Shoploop, a project from Google's internal R&D division …
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
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
IBM's X-Force security team says it has obtained five hours of screen recordings from Iran-linked hacking group ITG18 that were uploaded to an exposed server  —  IBM's X-Force security team obtained five hours of APT35 hacking operations, showing exactly how the group steals data from email accounts—and who it's targeting.
Cheng Ting-Fang / Nikkei Asian Review:
TSMC confirms it has suspended processing new orders from Huawei to comply with US export regulations, will stop shipping wafers after September 14  —  Chip titan says 5G demand will fuel growth despite US export ban and pandemic  —  TAIPEI — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co …
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.
Thanks:@sal19
Eva Xiao / Wall Street Journal:
At least three VPN providers are suspending their Hong Kong operations, citing concerns over China's new national security law  —  Companies that let internet users circumvent censorship and protect their privacy worry about new broad government powers  —  HONG KONG—At least three providers …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Cloud file storage startup Qumulo raises $125M Series E led by BlackRock, at a valuation of more than $1.2B  —  Qumulo is joining an elite club of Seattle startups.  —  The company just announced a $125 million funding round that propels its valuation to more than $1.2 billion …
More: Bloomberg and TechCrunchThanks:@johnhcook

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