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July 21, 2020, 5:05 PM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches video podcasts worldwide, starting with select creators, letting free and paid users seamlessly move between the video and audio versions  —  Spotify today announced the global launch of video podcasts.  The new feature at launch will allow users, including both free users …
Supantha Mukherjee / Reuters:
LinkedIn says it will cut ~960 jobs, or 6% of its global workforce, as the pandemic is having a sustained impact on demand for its recruitment products  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) professional networking site LinkedIn said on Tuesday it would cut about 960 jobs …
Apple:
Apple commits to becoming 100% carbon neutral across its entire business, manufacturing supply chain, and product life cycle by 2030  —  Already carbon neutral today for corporate emissions worldwide, the company plans to bring its entire carbon footprint to net zero 20 years sooner than IPCC targets
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
US charges two Chinese nationals over a 10+ year hacking spree, alleging theft of terabytes of data, including vaccine secrets, from many orgs in 11 countries  —  U.S. prosecutors have charged two Chinese nationals, said to be working for China's state intelligence bureau …
Politico:
US House of Representatives votes to ban TikTok on federal devices, as part of a package of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act  —  The House on Monday voted to bar federal employees from downloading the video-sharing app TikTok on government-issued devices as part of a $741 billion defense policy bill.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
AMD unveils 7nm Ryzen 4000 series desktop processors based on its Zen 2 architecture, but says they will only come in prebuilt OEM systems first  —  The new lineup is only coming to prebuilt OEM systems first, though  —  AMD is beginning to bring its latest 7nm Ryzen 4000 chips based …
Ranjan Roy / Margins:
A deep dive into how Robinhood makes money and how its UX design and algorithmic nudges can lead some inexperienced investors to undertake riskier trades  —  Don't be the gravy … For someone who clearly has strong opinions they enjoy communicating with others, investing occupies a weird place for me.
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
CNN:
Facebook adds labels to voting-related posts from US politicians like Trump and Biden that say “Get official voting info” without fact checking the posts  —  New York (CNN Business)After President Donald Trump posted an unfounded claim to Facebook (FB) on Tuesday that mail-in voting …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Ahead of next week's antitrust hearing, sources say the committee spoke with Microsoft's Brad Smith on his concerns about how Apple operates its App Store  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are all set to participate …
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Boone Ashworth / Wired:
Inside Citizen, a police scanner app whose usage has surged amid BLM protests, as it ponders monetization and continues to tweak its service to address flaws  —  From its need to make money to its ever-changing relationship with law enforcement, the hyperlocal news-reporting app faces growing pains.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
OnePlus says its €399 Nord smartphone will launch in Europe and India with a 90Hz 1080p OLED display, dual selfie cameras, Sub-6GHz 5G, 48-megapixel main camera  —  Plus all the other features you already know about  —  OnePlus has officially announced the Nord, its first serious attempt …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Salesforce shuts down AI-powered voice services Einstein Voice Assistant and Voice Skills, as it focuses on its newly released Salesforce Anywhere app  —  Salesforce is shutting down two of its AI-powered voice services — Einstein Voice Assistant and Voice Skills — as it shifts resources toward …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Snap reports Q2 revenue of $454M, up 17% YoY, vs $439.1M est., global DAUs of 238M, up 17% YoY, a net loss of $326M, up from $255M, and ARPU of $1.91, flat YoY  —  - Snap's stock price fell more than 8% on Tuesday after the company reported its second-quarter earnings.

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