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August 6, 2020, 2:10 PM

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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  —  Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. blocked a video shared by accounts linked to U.S. President Donald Trump for violating …
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.
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:
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.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple iMac 27-inch (2020) hands-on: 1080p webcam is long overdue and its smart features, like face detection, are great; nano texture is good but pricey at $500  —  Plus, some impressions of the nano texture screen option  —  I've had a review unit of the new 27-inch iMac for about two days now …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
With the introduction of Reels, Instagram has become too complicated, even more so than Facebook, when it comes to deciding where and how to post  —  Hey everyone, it's Sarah Frier.  On Friday, my mother texted, asking me to call her.  While she was trying to post a photo …
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 …
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Epic Games raises $1.78B, which includes $250M from Sony announced last month, at a post-money valuation of $17.3B  —  Epic Games, creator and publisher of the massively popular “Fortnite” game, announced a $1.78 billion round of funding — which the company says gives it a post-money equity valuation is of $17.3 billion.
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.
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.
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 …

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