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August 6, 2020, 4:35 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 …
BuzzFeed News:
Staffers ask Zuckerberg what would happen if Trump uses Facebook to dispute the election; some staff say they have evidence of favoritism for right-wing pages  —  Facebook employees collected evidence showing the company is giving right-wing pages preferential treatment when it comes to misinformation.
James Vincent / The Verge:
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 …
BBC:
Twitter says it will start labeling government-linked media accounts, as well as “key government officials”, from China, France, Russia, the UK, and US  —  Twitter says it will no longer “amplify” tweets by state-controlled media organisations, by excluding them from its recommendation systems.
Jason Snell / Six Colors:
A first look at macOS Big Sur as it launches in public beta with a new Control Center, a redesigned Notification Center with widgets, more  —  So here we are, at the end of OS X. Two decades ago Apple parked the sixteen-year-old Classic Mac OS and leaped to version 10.0 …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
A NJ police dept. filed cyber harassment charges against five Twitter users for sharing a photo seeking the identity of a masked police officer during protests  —  A New Jersey police department is pursuing cyber harassment charges against five people in connection with a protest photo uploaded to Twitter in June.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Snapchat to roll out in-app voter registration tools in September, with four new features including a Voter Registration Mini and a voter guide  —  Snapchat is rolling out a slew of new tools and features to help prepare young people to vote in the November election.
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.
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.
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.
Uber:
Uber Q2: revenue of $2.2B, down 29% YoY, gross bookings of $10.2B, down 35%, net loss of $1.8B; mobility gross bookings fell 73% but delivery grew 113% YoY  —  “Our team continues to move at Uber speed to respond to the pandemic's impact on our communities and on our business …
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