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August 10, 2020, 9:30 PM

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NBC News:
Sources: an internal Facebook probe into QAnon shows the size of the conspiracy theory's community: millions of members and followers across thousands of Groups  —  An internal investigation by Facebook has uncovered thousands of groups and pages, with millions of members and followers …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook says it has created a new group to run all of its payments projects with David Marcus at the helm; hires former Upwork CEO as VP of Facebook Payments  —  - Libra cryptocurrency co-creator David Marcus to lead new group  — Former UpWork CEO Stephane Kasriel joins as payments VP
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.
Bloomberg:
In a lawsuit brought by CA's AG, judge issues a preliminary injunction ordering Uber, Lyft to convert their drivers to employees, paused for 10 days for appeals  —  - Ride-hailing companies ordered to comply with state law  — San Francisco judge pauses preliminary injunction for appeal
Reuters:
Russian competition watchdog FAS says Apple abused its dominance of the mobile apps market and must resolve issues with iOS App Store; Apple says it will appeal  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian competition watchdog FAS on Monday said that Apple Inc has abused its dominant position …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Mux, an API-based video streaming and analytics service, raises $37M Series C led by a16z, following its $20M Series B in 2019  —  This morning, Mux, a startup that provides API-based video streaming tooling and analytics, announced that it has closed a $37 million Series C round of capital.
Reuters:
Sources: TikTok's separation from ByteDance could take over a year, well beyond Trump and Microsoft's Sept. 15 timeline, as Microsoft negotiates the transition  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) bid to carve out parts of TikTok from its Chinese owner ByteDance will be a technically complex endeavor …
Wall Street Journal:
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 …

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