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July 22, 2020, 7:30 PM

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Q4: revenue up 13% YoY to $38B, net income of $11.2B, down 15% YoY, Intelligent Cloud revenue of $13.4B, up 17%, and Azure revenue up 47%  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, as compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal year:
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 …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Nvidia expressed interest about a potential deal for ARM as SoftBank explores selling part or all of its stake in ARM through a sale or an IPO  —  - Graphics chipmaker expressed interest in recent weeks  — Any deal for U.K. firm likely to attract regulatory scrutiny
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Amazon unveils new Alexa developer tools including Alexa for Apps, to let Alexa apps trigger actions like searches within phone apps, and Alexa Conversations  —  Today during Alexa Live, a virtual event for Alexa vendors and developer partners, Amazon unveiled tools and resources designed to enable new Alexa voice app experiences.
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 …
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.
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.
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?”
Michael McSweeney / The Block:
US bank regulator grants national savings banks and federal savings associations the authority to provide cryptocurrency custody services to their customers  —  The U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has opened the door for federal savings associations and national savings banks …
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.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Apple starts giving “hacker-friendly” iPhones with a custom and more accessible iOS version to vetted researchers in the iOS Security Research Device program  —  For the past decade Apple has tried to make the iPhone one of the most secure devices on the market.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
US Rep. Jim Jordan writes Democratic House leadership to call on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify at Monday's antitrust hearing with CEOs of tech giants  —  - Republicans have called on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify at the upcoming antitrust hearing featuring CEOs of Amazon, Apple …
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Karen Weise / New York Times:
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Ubisoft lays out an anti-harassment plan including a confidential third-party “listening and alert” system and the appointment of a head of workplace culture  —  Ubisoft Entertainment SA, the French video-gamemaker, laid out several steps it's taking to address a sexual-harassment controversy at the company.
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 …

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