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August 10, 2020, 3:50 PM

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Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook says it has created Facebook Financial, a new group headed by David Marcus that will run all payments projects, including Facebook Pay  —  - Libra cryptocurrency co-creator David Marcus to lead new group  — Former UpWork CEO Stephane Kasriel joins as payments VP
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:
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
In iOS 14, Apple News+ publishers' web links are opened in the Apple News app by default for Apple News+ subscribers, though this feature can be turned off  —  Apple News in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur has a toggle that's designed to open web links from ‌Apple News‌+ publishers directly …
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.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Amazon rebrands Twitch Prime as Prime Gaming; the service will still give Prime subscribers perks, including free games, on the live streaming platform  —  Prime Gaming now sits more logically alongside Prime perks like Prime Video and Prime Reading  —  Amazon is rebranding Twitch Prime …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
In the wake of a widely protested presidential election in Belarus, nonprofits and companies including Twitter are reporting parts of the internet being blocked  —  Twitter, local journalists, and internet freedom organizations report that there are widespread internet blocks in Belarus.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google announces that Google Maps now has CarPlay Dashboard support and a simple version of the app will be rolling out to Apple Watch in the coming weeks  —  Google today announced two big features for its mapping service on Apple platforms.  After removing in 2017, Google Maps is bringing …
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.
Sonali Basak / Bloomberg:
Robinhood says its daily average revenue trades were 4.31M in June, about 4x E*Trade's fee-generating trades and higher than other publicly traded rivals  —  - 4.31 million daily average revenue trades recorded in June  — Company has blocked access to data that was used by Robintrack

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