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July 24, 2020, 8:50 AM

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Reuters:
Two former Twitter employees say more than 1,000 staff and contractors had access to internal tools to change account settings and ownership as of early 2020  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - More than a thousand Twitter employees and contractors as of earlier this year had access to internal tools …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
Intel says that it has delayed the rollout of its 7nm CPUs by six months, now 12 months behind the company's internal targets  —  Intel announced today in its Q2 2020 earnings release that it has now delayed the rollout of its 7nm CPUs by six months relative to its previously-planned release date …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Intel reports Q2 revenue of $19.7B, up 20% YoY, and Data Center Group revenue of $7.1B, up 43% YoY, but offers disappointing Q3 guidance; stock down 8%+  —  - Intel beat on the top and bottom lines, but earnings guidance for the current quarter was lighter than expected.
Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:
Sources: House's antitrust hearing with big tech CEOs on Monday is likely to be postponed in order to allow lawmakers to attend Rep. John Lewis' funeral  —  Monday's blockbuster congressional hearing with Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai is likely to be postponed …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Following a possible ransomware attack, Garmin starts shutting down its website, Garmin Connect, and some production lines in Asia, plans for multi-day recovery  —  Smartwatch and wearable maker Garmin planning multi-day maintenance window to deal with ransomware incident.
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Sources: Facebook ceased research into racial bias in Instagram's moderation tools after finding problematic results; Facebook says the methodology was flawed  —  In mid-2019, researchers at Facebook began studying a new set of rules proposed for the automated system that Instagram uses …
Writankar Mukherjee / The Economic Times:
Apple has started making its flagship iPhone 11 at the Foxconn plant near Chennai, the first time its manufactured a top-of-the-line model in India  —  The company hasn't cut prices as it also sells iPhone 11 handsets made in China in India but industry executives said that could be an option later on.
Brian Fung / CNN:
Jack Dorsey says Twitter is actively exploring additional ways to make money from its users, including through a subscription model  —  Washington (CNN Business)Twitter (TWTR) is actively exploring additional ways to make money from its users, including by considering a subscription model, CEO Jack Dorsey said Thursday.
BuzzFeed News:
An inside look at internal strife and dissent within Facebook, as employees warn the company is “hurting people at scale” and reckon with what they've built  —  On July 1, Max Wang, a Boston-based software engineer who was leaving Facebook after more than seven years …
The Information:
Sources: Google's internal Android Lockbox project collects usage data from non-Google apps to inform product strategy; Google says data obtained via public API  —  When YouTube was planning the rollout of its rival to TikTok in India earlier this month, employees turned to a valuable source …
Corbin Davenport / Android Police:
Internal doc: T-Mobile to require all new devices to support VoLTE from August 4, and will stop supporting any non-VoLTE phones on its network from January 2021  —  According to internal T-Mobile documents, the carrier plans to rapidly fast track plans to shut down its 2G and 3G voice networks …
Wall Street Journal:
Some startups that took investments from Amazon or had discussions about them say the company used info it received in the process to launch competing products  —  Some companies regret sharing information with tech giant and its Alexa Fund; ‘we may have been naive’
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
TikTok says it is launching a new $200M fund to pay creators directly for their content  —  The first major monetization effort from the company  —  As TikTok continues to grow in popularity and its personalities become mainstream celebrities in their own right, the company is trying …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Filing: NY charges First American Financial over massive 2019 data breach caused by a software update flaw, in the first enforcement of 2017 cybersecurity rules  —  In May 2019, KrebsOnSecurity broke the news that the website of mortgage title insurance giant First American Financial Corp …
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:
US officials unveil a plan to build a quantum Internet, existing alongside our current one, which uses the laws of quantum mechanics to share info more securely  —  The new network would sit alongside the existing Web, offering a more secure way to send and process information

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