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August 7, 2020, 3:10 AM

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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Trump signs an executive order to block all transactions with ByteDance and Tencent starting Sept. 20, just 5 days after Microsoft's deadline to acquire TikTok  —  President Trump has signed a new executive order which will block all transactions with Bytedance, TikTok's parent corporation …
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 …
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Over the past year, scientists have renamed 27 human genes because Microsoft's Excel misread their names as dates and changed the formatting  —  Sometimes it's easier to rewrite genetics than update Excel  —  There are tens of thousands of genes in the human genome: minuscule twists of DNA …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
DOJ asks court to block California net neutrality law despite FCC's attempt to preempt state laws being overturned in October 2019  —  DOJ and ISPs sue Calif. despite court vacating FCC's bid to preempt state laws.  —  The Trump administration and broadband industry are resuming their fight …
More: Reuters, The Verge, and Forbes
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Analysis of hundreds of pages of documents from Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google released by the House antitrust committee and what they reveal  —  - Following last week's grilling of the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google parent company Alphabet, the House Judiciary Committee released …

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