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July 22, 2020, 11:40 AM

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NBC News:
In crackdown, Twitter says it will limit reach of QAnon content and permanently suspend accounts violating policies, banning 7K+ QAnon accounts in last 2 weeks  —  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 about Facebook stories with the highest engagement as per CrowdTangle worried the News Feed team, who considered them inaccurate  —  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?”
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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 adds an App Lock feature to Messenger on iPhone and iPad, as part of a number of privacy changes for Messenger including a 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 …
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.
The Information:
Sources: a small group of ByteDance's US investors are discussing the possibility of joining forces to buy a majority stake in TikTok  —  A small group of ByteDance's U.S. investors is discussing with the company's top management the possibility of joining forces to buy a majority stake in TikTok …
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
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Misfits Market, an ecommerce site that sells “ugly” or misshapen produce, raises $85M Series B led by Valor Equity Partners, bringing total raised to $101.5M  —  Misfits Market, the ecommerce platform that sells ‘ugly’ produce (among other things), has today announced the close of an $85 million Series B financing round.
Jabari Young / CNBC:
In resuming activity, MLB relies on several tech giants for help: iPads to examine play, Google Cloud to track stats, Sony audio to power artificial crowd noise  —  - Major League Baseball will look to Big Tech companies like Apple and Google to help with its shortened season that is scheduled to begin Thursday.
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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 …
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 …
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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