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August 10, 2020, 10:20 AM

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Kuo: iPhone shipments could decline by 25-30% if Apple is forced to remove WeChat from worldwide App Store under Trump's EO  —  In a worst-case scenario, Apple's annual global iPhone shipments could decline by 25-30% if it is forced to remove WeChat from its App Stores around the world …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Facebook, Google, and Twitter are making the same mistakes big news outlets made decades ago, trying to placate hyperpartisan critics who are “working the refs”  —  The new referees in American politics are Facebook, Google and Twitter, and they would be wise to pay attention to lessons the old media tried to learn.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Simon Property, the biggest US mall owner, and Amazon explored turning stores formerly occupied by J.C. Penney and Sears into fulfillment centers  —  Hookup between Simon Property Group, Amazon would show how retail and logistics are converging more rapidly
Dara Khosrowshahi / New York Times:
Uber CEO defends treating gig workers as contractors, suggesting gig economy companies should be required to establish funds that give workers cash for benefits  —  Gig workers want both flexibility and benefits — we support laws that could make that possible.  —  Mr. Khosrowshahi is the chief executive officer of Uber.
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Frances Allen, who conducted groundbreaking work on software compilers in the 1960s and won the Turing Award in 2006, has died at 88  —  One of the few women in the computer industry in its early days, she paved the way for the efficient, lightning-fast apps of today.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Sequoia, which first invested in ByteDance in 2014 and holds a 10%+ stake, has been pressing its White House contacts to help land a deal for TikTok  —  TikTok's parent has been looking for a way to keep the video-sharing service alive in U.S. after Trump administration declared the app a national security threat
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
Amid an explosion in demand for home-delivered goods, shippers like FedEx are increasingly adopting industrial robot arms equipped with computer vision and AI  —  The Covid-19 pandemic and the explosion in demand for home-delivered goods means FedEx and other shippers are pushing the limits of what robotic arms can do
New York Times:
A look at the tight links between employees at big tech companies and Joe Biden's campaign, despite his criticism of the Silicon Valley giants  —  While Joe Biden has criticized the largest tech companies, his campaign and transition teams have welcomed allies of Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple onto its staff and policy groups.
Lucas Kunce / Pro Market:
While Facebook claims its size helps it defend the US against Chinese companies like TikTok, history shows TikTok succeeded partly due to FB's corporate goals  —  Tech platforms like Facebook say we should protect, empower, and celebrate their concentrated power for the sake of America's national security.

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