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July 22, 2020, 1:40 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 …
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.
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.
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Apple hires economists to help prove its App Store commissions aren't anti-competitive  —  Apple is fighting back against the perception that its App Store charges onerous commission rates to developers, hiring economists from the firm Analysis Group, who said the tech giant's fees were similar to competitors.
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 …
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 …
April Glaser / NBC News:
Palantir's federal pandemic contracts worth $42M+ raise fears that its work sharing information with ICE makes it a poor guardian of sensitive medical records  —  The private data mining company Palantir is best known for its work with law enforcement agencies, like Immigration and Customs Enforcement …
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 …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Dexterity, which is developing a full-stack service for collaborative warehouse robots, comes out of stealth with $56.2M in funding  —  Dexterity emerged from stealth this week to announced its full-stack solution aimed at creating collaborative robotics systems.
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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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