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August 6, 2020, 7:50 PM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Apple confirms cloud gaming services like xCloud and Stadia violate App Store guidelines and will not work on iOS, as Apple cannot review each game offered  —  New cloud gaming services from Google and Microsoft won't work on iOS  —  Cloud gaming is shaping up to have a big moment …
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 …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Intel is investigating a leak of 20 GB of documents, some confidential, possibly from an internal source accessing its Resource and Design Center  —  Leak confirmed to be authentic.  Many files are marked “confidential” or “restricted secret.”  —  US chipmaker Intel is investigating …
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
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 …
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.
BuzzFeed News:
Sources: at all-hands, Zuckerberg says a ban on TikTok would set “a really bad long-term precedent”, arguing any benefit for Facebook would be short-term  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told his employees Thursday that banning TikTok in the United States would set “a really bad long-term precedent.”
David Gilbert / VICE:
After Cisco lawsuit, 250+ Dalit Indians from companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple came forward about discrimination by higher-caste colleagues  —  Dalit Indians working at U.S. tech companies tell VICE News they try to hide their identities to avoid caste-based discrimination they thought they had left behind.
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.
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
Michael Tobin / Bloomberg:
Dropbox reports Q2 revenue of $467.4M, up 16% YoY, paying users up 1.4M YoY to 15M, as CFO Ajay Vashee plans to step down in September  —  Dropbox Inc. reported revenue that beat analysts' estimates, benefiting from increased demand for cloud software amid a shift to working from home due to the coronavirus.
More: MarketWatch and Dropbox
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researcher says security vulnerabilities in satellite-based Internet services, some known for over ten years, are threatening the safety of ships and planes  —  Attacks that worked 10 years ago have only gotten worse despite growing use.  —  More than a decade has passed since researchers …
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 …
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.

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