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July 26, 2020, 9:55 AM

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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
A Garmin employee confirms that the company's servers were hit by WastedLocker, a ransomware variant developed by Russia-based cybercriminal group Evil Corp  —  07/24/20 Update below.  This article was originally published on July 23rd, 2020.  It has been updated to reflect that BleepingComputer …
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
After user reports, Instagram says it is “fixing a bug in iOS 14 Beta that mistakenly indicates that some people are using the camera when they aren't”  —  The company says it's fixing the issue  —  In the latest instance of iOS 14's beta mode tattling on unexpected app behavior …
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Source: the rescheduled House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee hearing featuring CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google will take place this Wednesday  —  The CEOs of Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google will now testify before the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee on Wednesday …
Benedict Evans:
Tech went from interesting to a crucial part of society in a decade, with events in 2016 polarizing the conversation, causing a rush for easy regulatory answers  —  Technology was a small industry until very recently.  It was exciting and interesting, and it was on lots of magazine covers …
Mengmeng Zhang / Counterpoint Research:
Despite smartphone sales in China declining 17% YoY in Q2, Huawei grew 14%, capturing 46% of the market, as Apple grew 32%, becoming the fastest growing OEM  —  - Huawei captured a massive 60% share of the 5G smartphone market  — Huawei reached its highest ever share in China capturing 46% of sales volumes.
Adam Conner / Margins:
TikTok's rise in the US should serve as a cautionary tale for social media startups, as it had to spend billions of dollars on ads on rival platforms to compete  —  Can anyone really compete?  —  1 hr … Hi all, I'm Adam Conner, longtime fan of The Margins, first-time contributor.
Andrew Leonard / Wired:
Audrey Tang, Taiwan's digital minister and an accomplished programmer, is showing how digital tools can build strong, open, accountable democracies  —  Audrey Tang says tech can build trust, tame misinformation, and strengthen democracy.  Her plan might even work in the US.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Sea Machines Robotics, a provider of software and equipment for autonomous boats and ships, raises $15M Series B led by Accomplice  —  Autonomous vessel software and systems provider Sea Machines Robotics today closed a $15 million funding round to accelerate deployment of its technologies in the unmanned naval boat and ship market.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
NTT Disruption, which acquired Jibo's assets, says the social robot will remain operational for existing owners as it plans to target the enterprise market  —  Jibo was supposed to die over a year ago, yet somehow, it's still alive.  The social, lovable robot went viral on Twitter last March …

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