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July 30, 2020, 12:15 PM

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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 …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
At the antitrust hearing, Cook was questioned 7 times, Bezos 13 times, Zuckerberg 16 times, and Pichai 16 times, the latter three for at least 50 minutes each  —  At the “Online Platforms and Market Power” virtual antitrust hearing today, the House Judiciary Committee questioned Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos …
Casey Newton / The Interface:
A recap of antitrust hearing, which was messy but overdue and showed us the beginning of Congress holding powerful tech CEOs to account based on actual evidence  —  Well, we had an antitrust hearing.  —  A long one, too.  The House Judiciary Committee's investigation into the market power of Amazon …
Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
An overview of attempts by tech CEOs to obfuscate and minimize during the hearing, claiming their companies are not that big and data remains under user control  —  No, Google, we're not really in control of our data.  And yes, Facebook, you profit from harmful information.
Justin Wise / The Hill:
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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Emails between Eddy Cue and other Apple execs from 2011, revealed in House hearing, show Apple considered 40% cut of first year digital content subscriptions  —  - IPhone maker's Eddy Cue reached 2016 deal with Amazon's Bezos  — In 2011, Apple executives weighed 40% fee for subscriptions
Matt Day / Bloomberg:
The Verge:
Canalys:
Analysis: Huawei shipped 55.8M devices globally, down 5% YoY, overtaking Samsung, which shipped 53.7M, down 30% YoY, to become the world's top smartphone vendor  —  Shanghai (China), Bengaluru (India), Singapore, Reading (UK) and Portland (US) - Thursday, 30 July 2020
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
Telegram files EU antitrust complaint against Apple, saying Apple must “allow users to have the opportunity of downloading software outside the App Store”  —  Messaging company is latest company to criticise restrictions and fees  —  Telegram, the messaging app …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Cho Mu-Hyun / ZDNet:
Samsung reports Q2 earnings with sales of ~$44.5B, down 5.6% YoY, and an operating profit of ~$6.8B, up 23.5% YoY, as demand for memory chips increased  —  Samsung posted 8.15 trillion won in second quarter operating profit, with its semiconductor business contributing 5.43 trillion won of that.
Ross Andersen / The Atlantic:
An in-depth look at how China is using AI-powered tech to build totalitarian surveillance systems before exporting that tech to other regimes around the world  —  Northwest of Beijing's Forbidden City, outside the Third Ring Road, the Chinese Academy of Sciences has spent seven decades building a campus of national laboratories.

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