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August 10, 2020, 10:05 AM

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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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
Gary Ng / iPhone in Canada Blog:
Apple files a notice of opposition with USPTO against a startup trying to trademark a logo which resembles a pear for its recipe search app called Prepear  —  Prepear is a meal planner and grocery list app that helps people discover recipes and more.  It's a spin off from the founders …

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