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July 31, 2020, 4:45 PM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: President Trump plans to sign an order directing China's ByteDance to divest its ownership of TikTok  —  President Donald Trump plans to sign an order to direct China's ByteDance Ltd.'s to divest its ownership of the popular U.S.-based music-video app TikTok, according to people familiar …
New York Times:
Source: Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok  —  The talks come as TikTok's ownership by a Chinese company is under scrutiny by the White House and lawmakers.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app, according to a person with knowledge …
Ryan Hughes / WFLA-TV:
A Florida state attorney files 30 felony charges against a 17-year old arrested in Tampa, in connection with the July 15 Twitter hack  —  TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - A Tampa teenager is in jail, accused of being the “mastermind” behind a hack on the social media website Twitter that caused limited access …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
In an update to the July 15 hack, Twitter says a few employees were targeted in a phone spear phishing attack, and it had since limited access to internal tools  —  ‘This attack relied on a significant and concerted attempt to mislead certain employees’  —  Twitter provided an update …
Financial Times:
Sources: Nvidia in talks to buy Arm in a cash-and-stock deal that would value it at more than the $32B SoftBank paid to buy the UK chip designer in 2016  —  US chipmaker seeks cash-and-stock purchase of UK chip designer from its Japanese owner  —  US chip company Nvidia is in talks to buy …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it will begin rolling out official music videos across its platform in the US, and introduce a new Music destination within Facebook Watch  —  Facebook today confirmed it will begin rolling out official music videos across its platform in the U.S., as TechCrunch first reported …
Caitlin Dewey / OneZero :
A look at the “hustle economy”, where unemployed teachers, cooks, and dancers are turning to Patreon, Twitch, and OnlyFans to monetize their digital offerings  —  Unemployed teachers, cooks, dancers are turning to Patreon, Twitch, and OnlyFans  —  e have nothing to sell besides physical touch.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Netflix is rolling out playback speed controls of up to 0.5x slower or 1.5x faster on Android devices and is set to begin testing the option for iOS  —  Stream up to 0.5 times slower or 1.5 times faster  —  Netflix is letting people choose the speed at which they want to watch something …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Twitter permanently bans the account of white supremacist David Duke  —  Duke's Twitter account was “permanently suspended” for violating the company's policy against hateful conduct, a spokesperson for the social network says.  —  White supremacist David Duke has been permanently banned …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sources: Microsoft isn't planning to fully reopen its US offices until at least January 19, 2021  —  Microsoft is measuring its reopening with a new workplace dial  —  Microsoft isn't planning to fully reopen its US offices until at least January 2021.  Sources familiar with the company's plans tell …
Reed Albergotti / Washington Post:
The makers of the app BlueMail say Google kicked their email app off Play Store on Friday in retaliation for cooperating with House antitrust investigation  —  Blix, maker of an email app, was kicked off Google's Play Store Friday.  —  Google kicked an email app off its Play Store Friday …
Politico:
North Face and Heineken are among the companies who say they will resume Facebook ads from August, Levi Strauss and Smucker Co. will continue the boycott  —  More than 1,000 organizations stopped ads for the month of July, without getting many concessions.  Can they keep it going and build global pressure?
Facebook:
Sean Keane / CNET:
Canalys, Counterpoint, and IDC agree that Huawei became the biggest smartphone vendor in Q2, surpassing Samsung and pushing Apple to third place  —  Samsung and Apple held the top spot for years, but Canalys Counterpoint and IDC say the coronavirus pandemic gave the Chinese company the edge.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Emails from Jeff Bezos and other Amazon employees suggest the acquisition of Ring was for “market position — not technology”  —  ‘And that market position and momentum is very valuable’  —  On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee held its last hearing as part …
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Megan Graham / CNBC:
Pinterest closes up 36% after reporting Q2 revenue of $272M, up 4% YoY, and global MAUs of 416M, up 39% YoY  —  - Pinterest shares closed up 36.13% on Friday.  — The company reported earnings before the bell on Friday.  It saw total revenue of $272 million, an increase of 4% year-over-year …

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