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August 7, 2020, 6:25 PM

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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Trump signs an executive order to block all transactions with ByteDance and WeChat starting Sept. 20, just 5 days after Microsoft's deadline to acquire TikTok  —  Microsoft is currently in talks to acquire the company  —  President Trump has signed a new executive order …
Financial Times:
As it pursues TikTok, a look at how Microsoft laid roots in China in the 1990s and nurtured China's future tech leaders, including ByteDance's Zhang Yiming  —  The US tech company hopes its connections will help it navigate storm safely  —  More than two decades of efforts by Microsoft …
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Facebook slams Apple's App Store policies, launches Facebook Gaming on iOS without the app's mini games feature to pass the App Store's strict approval policies  —  Facebook is not happy with the months of rejections it has faced  —  Facebook is joining Microsoft in condemning Apple's App Store policies today.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
US government contractor Anomaly Six collects and sells location data from hundreds of millions of phones globally via an SDK that is embedded in 500+ apps  —  Anomaly Six has ties to military, intelligence agencies and draws location data from more than 500 apps with hundreds of millions of users
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Internal docs: Facebook removed “strikes” so that at least 2 conservative pages, from PragerU and Diamond & Silk, dodged penalties under misinformation policies  —  Facebook has allowed conservative news outlets and personalities to repeatedly spread false information without facing …
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New York Times:
Former staff at therapy-by-text app Talkspace say the company provided burner phones to write fake app reviews and doesn't adequately respect client privacy  —  The therapy-by-text company made burner phones available for fake reviews and doesn't adequately respect client privacy, former employees say.
Adrianne Jeffries / The Markup:
Leaked docs: Alphabet trains staff not to use certain terms in writing like “market”, “barriers to entry”, and “network effects”, to avoid antitrust issues  —  The Markup obtained internal documents that coach new employees to avoid creating “very real legal risks” …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Qualcomm patches 6 security flaws in a Snapdragon DSP used in most Android phones, which allowed attackers to take over a phone without needing user interaction  —  Several security vulnerabilities found in Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip Digital Signal Processor (DSP) chip could allow attackers …
Troy Hunt:
Troy Hunt says he will be open sourcing the Have I Been Pwned code base  —  Let me just cut straight to it: I'm going to open source the Have I Been Pwned code base.  The decision has been a while coming and it took a failed M&A process to get here, but the code will be turned over to the public …
Julia Fioretti / Bloomberg:
Online property brokerage Beike, backed by Tencent and SoftBank, files for a US IPO, aiming to raise $2B in the largest US IPO by a Chinese company since 2018  —  - China online property platform is backed by Tencent, SoftBank  — Beike will be largest U.S. IPO by a Chinese firm since 2018

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