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August 10, 2020, 12:55 PM

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Kuo: iPhone shipments could decline by 25-30% if Apple is forced to remove WeChat from its App Stores around the world 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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Amazon rebrands Twitch Prime as Prime Gaming  —  Prime Gaming now sits more logically alongside Prime perks like Prime Video and Prime Reading  —  Amazon is rebranding Twitch Prime, which gives Amazon Prime subscribers perks on the company's live streaming platform, by dropping the Twitch name …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google expands developer tools for Android TV, including instant apps and speech-to-text support, and says monthly active devices have grown more than 80% YoY  —  Even before the pandemic, the battle to own your living room was reaching a boiling point.  Now the big screen is bigger than ever …
John Koetsier / Forbes:
Apple Advertising seems to be on by default in iOS 14, while other advertisers and ad networks will have to ask for permission to track users  —  Is Apple playing fair?  —  Apple looks to be giving its own ad network a leg up on competitors with customer data that other ad networks can't access.
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.

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