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August 6, 2020, 11:45 AM

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Bloomberg:
Facebook and YouTube removed a video where Trump claims kids are “virtually immune” to COVID-19; Twitter banned @teamtrump's account until it removed the video  —  - Trump campaign was temporarily banned from posting on Twitter  — In clip, president said kids are “virtually immune” to virus
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
US proposes a five-part “Clean Network” plan to curb potential national security risks from China, including banning “untrusted” Chinese apps from US app stores  —  - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a five-pronged “Clean Network” effort aimed at curbing potential national security risks from China.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Google has discontinued the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, its flagship phones that were released in October of last year  —  Less than a year after its unveiling  —  Google has discontinued the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, its flagship phones that were released in October of last year.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Telemedicine provider Teladoc Health signs a $18.5B deal to buy Livongo, maker of connected devices for managing diabetes and other chronic conditions  —  In a sign of the growing importance and value of digital healthcare in the world of medicine, two of the industry's publicly traded companies …
Financial Times:
Sources: Microsoft is pursuing a deal to buy all of TikTok's global operations, including those in India and Europe  —  US group explores whether it can add regions including India and Europe to deal for video app's US arm  —  Microsoft is chasing a deal to buy all of TikTok's global business …
Jay Greene / Washington Post:
Vlad Savov / Bloomberg:
TikTok announces plans to set up its first data center in Europe with a $500M investment in Ireland and says data from European users will be stored there  —  TikTok, the embattled video-sharing app that's found itself at the center of Washington-Beijing tensions, is setting up its first data center …
Karandeep Singh / Android Police:
OnePlus is preloading OnePlus 8 and Nord series phones with Facebook bloatware that can't be uninstalled as part of the OS  —  Bloatware on Android phones has been around for so long — especially on Samsung and Huawei phones — that it's hardly even news anymore.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review: balanced sound with a bold, unconventional design but noise cancellation isn't good and there is occasional signal interference  —  An unconventional design turns out to be a winner  —  If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft ends its xCloud game streaming test on iOS devices, says it had to limit the app to one game and 10,000 testers “to comply with App Store policies”  —  Apple's App Store policies appear to be holding xCloud back  —  Microsoft has ended its xCloud game streaming test for iOS devices today.
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Nintendo reported quarterly operating profit of $1.4B, up 428% YoY; sales of Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite consoles grew 167% YoY to 5.68M units  —  - Nintendo reported operating profit of 144.7 billion yen ($1.4 billion) in the April-June quarter, smashing analyst expectations.
Eric Ravenscraft / OneZero:
Tests indicate wireless charging is much less efficient than cord charging; Pixel 4 charging tests showed wireless charging used 47% more power than cabled  —  We crunched the numbers on just how inefficient wireless charging is — and the results are pretty shocking
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Samsung and Microsoft extend their partnership to add deeper integration with Office on Galaxy Note20 devices and let users stream Android apps to Windows 10  —  The new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 devices will support Office app synchronization, new Your Phone features and Microsoft's cloud gaming functionality.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
State Department offers up to $10M for information about anyone working with a foreign government to interfere in US elections via malicious cyber operations  —  This includes attacks against US election officials, election infrastructure, voting machines, but also candidates and their staff.
Christine Hall / Crunchbase News:
Serialized fiction app Radish raises $63.2M Series A led by SoftBank Ventures Asia and Kakao Page  —  Serialized fiction app Radish landed $63.2 million in Series A funding, led by SoftBank Ventures Asia and Kakao Page, to tap into Hollywood's storytelling community.
Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
Uber buys UK-based taxi-software company Autocab, in a deal that will extend the company's reach in the UK from ~40 locations to ~170  —  - U.K. market will eventually grow to up to 170 areas from 40  — Autocab drivers to get ‘more earnings opportunities’ via Uber
Heather Landi / FierceHealthcare:
Online mental health service Ginger raises $50M Series D led by Advance Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners, bringing its total raised to $120M  —  San Francisco-based startup Ginger just banked a $50 million Series D funding round to expand its on-demand mental health services.

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