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August 7, 2020, 12:05 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 …
Isobel Asher Hamilton / Business Insider:
TikTok threatens to sue the Trump administration over the EO barring US firms from doing business with ByteDance, saying it was issued without due process  —  Foto: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images; Clancy Morgan/Business Insider  — TikTok has threatened to sue the Trump administration …
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
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:
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 …
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 …
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:
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 …
Axios:
Report: average congressional district now has about 400 high-tech startups employing around 3.4K workers, with average annual wages of ~$79K  —  The technology sector increasingly underpins the U.S. economy, with signs of its growth becoming more woven into local economies far outside iconic innovation hubs …
More: ZDNet
Adrianne Jeffries / The Markup:
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Qualcomm patches six security flaws in Snapdragon DSP chip that allowed attackers to take over an Android phone without any user interaction required  —  Several security vulnerabilities found in Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip Digital Signal Processor (DSP) chip could allow attackers to take control …
More: CNET
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 …
More: EngadgetTweets: @troyhunt and @rohit11
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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