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July 29, 2020, 7:50 PM

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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google grilled over their companies' market power at the nearly six-hour congressional subcommittee hearing  —  The leaders behind the tech giants testified before Congress virtually  —  The leaders of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google took …
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Video of the House Antitrust Subcommittee hearing on online platforms and market power with the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple  —  TW: @HouseJudiciary |  FB: HouseJudDems |  IG: HouseJudDems |  M: /HouseJudiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law |
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Big Tech's antitrust hearing is largely theater, producing soundbites with little bearing on rule-changing and law-making, but it's still a valuable spectacle  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress in October 2019.  Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Sundar Pichai received bipartisan criticism during Wednesday's antitrust hearing, facing questions about Google's digital ads business, privacy practices, more  —  The leaders of four of the world's most powerful tech companies — Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google — appeared on Wednesday …
The Verge:
Emails from Mark Zuckerberg, revealed by the House antitrust panel, show that Facebook wanted to buy Instagram at least partly to explicitly avoid competition  —  In late February 2012, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg emailed his chief financial officer, David Ebersman, to float the idea …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
TikTok's new CEO Kevin Mayer says it'll release code driving its content moderation algorithms, accuses Facebook of maligning attacks “disguised as patriotism”  —  In his first public statement as CEO of TikTok, f ormer Disney exec Kevin Mayer says the company will be releasing …
Reuters:
Bloomberg:
Sources: Google and Samsung are working on a deal to give Google services more prominence on Samsung devices, discussing the roles of Bixby, Play Store, search  —  - Google Assistant, Play app store may gain more prominent roles  — Samsung seeks other revenue sources as handset demand drops
Sabahatjahan Contractor / Reuters:
US prosecutors are seeking 27 months in prison for ex-Uber executive Anthony Levandowski, who pleaded guilty in March to taking sensitive documents from Google  —  (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors are seeking 27 months of imprisonment for the former head of Uber's self-driving technology unit …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Connecticut-based Sema4, which uses aggregate patient data to help doctors improve care, raises $121M from BlackRock and others, valuing the company at $1.1B  —  Sema4, the Stamford, Conn.-based digital healthcare company now worth just over $1 billion, takes its name from the system of sending messages via code.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Instrumental, which uses vision-powered AI to detect manufacturing anomalies, raises $20M Series B led by Canaan Partners  —  This morning Instrumental, a startup that uses vision-powered AI to detect manufacturing anomalies, announced that it has closed a $20 million Series B led by Canaan Partners.

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