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July 22, 2020, 2:25 PM

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NBC News:
Twitter says it will limit reach of QAnon content and permanently ban accounts violating policies, banning 7K+ QAnon accounts in last 2 weeks and limiting 150K+  —  Twitter announced on Tuesday it has begun taking sweeping actions to limit the reach of QAnon content and banned …
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Apple hires economists to help prove its App Store commissions aren't anti-competitive  —  Ahead of an antitrust hearing on Capitol Hill next week, Apple is fighting back against the perception that its App Store charges onerous commission rates to developers.
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
Slack files EU antitrust complaint against Microsoft, accusing it of unfairly bundling its rival app Teams with its Office 365 tools  —  Workplace messaging app says it is unfair for tech group to bundle Teams with Office 365  —  The workplace messaging app Slack has filed a formal antitrust complaint …
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Sources: Kevin Roose's tweets on Facebook stories with the highest engagement per CrowdTangle worry the News Feed team, which favors “reach"-focused metrics  —  What news should people see when they come to Facebook?  —  In the old days, your answer might have been “whatever they want to see,” or even “who cares?”
Wall Street Journal:
MacRumors:
Kuo: Apple is lining up periscope telephoto lens suppliers for the 2022 iPhone; periscope lenses allow manufacturers to provide higher optical zoom capabilities  —  Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo today released a new report detailing his research on which lens suppliers will begin providing parts for Apple in the coming years.
Manuel Vonau / Android Police:
AT&T told some customers their phones are not compatible with its new network, without explicitly saying the issue may not affect them until February 2022  —  Amid an economy-crushing pandemic, AT&T has decided that now is the best time to send a scaremongering email to some customers …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung announces Galaxy Z Flip 5G for $1,450, shipping August 7, available on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US  —  Samsung has officially announced the 5G version of its Galaxy Z Flip foldable phone.  Called the Galaxy Z Flip 5G (naturally enough), the phone is nearly identical to its 4G predecessor.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Facebook Messenger updates with a new App Lock feature with Face ID or Touch ID authentication on iPhone and iPad, as well as a new Privacy section in settings  —  There's a new Privacy section in settings  —  Facebook now lets you add an extra layer of security when opening Messenger on an iPhone or iPad.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
A breakdown of the “four internets”: the US, China, EU, and India, the latter being driven in large part by the powerhouse telecom network Jio  —  Manage your Stratechery subscription.  —  One of the more pernicious mistruths surrounding the debate about TikTok …
Cameron Faulkner / The Verge:
Asus unveils 6.59" ROG Phone 3 with a 144Hz display, up to 16GB of RAM, and Snapdragon 865+ with 5G support, launching in the US in September  —  Sporting the Snapdragon 865 Plus and a very fast RAM and storage combo  —  Asus' new ROG Phone 3 aims to be the pinnacle of smartphones …
Nilesh Christopher / Rest of World:
Bangladesh's economy relies heavily on Facebook, with ~300K stores offering “F-Commerce” amid an absence of global e-commerce players and online payment options  —  In Bangladesh, there is no Amazon.  There is no eBay.  If you want to buy a dress or a crested finch from the comfort of your home, you have to use Facebook.
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify signs new licensing agreement with Universal, who will also be a partner for developing and testing services and tools Spotify hopes labels will pay for  —  Agreement includes label giant's sign-on to streamer's ‘two-sided marketplace’ where it envisions music companies paying for marketing and data tools
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero :
NSCAI, a federal commission led by Eric Schmidt, recommends creation of a government-funded university to train students in skills like cybersecurity and AI  —  The Digital Service Academy would compete with Stanford and MIT  —  The U.S. government's approach of letting Silicon Valley drive …
Financial Times:
Fiat Chrysler says it has signed an “exclusive” deal with Waymo on self-driving tech, ending its 18-month relationship with Amazon-backed Aurora  —  Agreement will help Google sibling in attempt to bring its technology into the mainstream
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Google says its Recommendations AI for online retailers, announced in private beta in April 2019, is now available in public beta  —  Google LLC said today that its Recommendations AI tool is now publicly available in public beta test mode.  —  Recommendations AI was first announced …
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
Wave.tv, which makes videos of offbeat sports for platforms like Snapchat and Facebook, raises $32M Series A, says at a valuation between $50M and $100M  —  The three-year-old company closed a $32 million funding round despite a sports world in upheaval  —  Digital-media startup Wave.tv …

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