Techmeme
August 13, 2020, 2:25 PM

Top News

Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple will launch “Apple One” tiered subscription bundles, with Music, TV+, News+, and a new virtual fitness service, as early as October  —  Apple Inc. is readying a series of bundles that will let customers subscribe to several of the company's digital services …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Epic has introduced a new direct payment option in Fortnite on iOS and Android to get around app store fees and says it “will pass along the savings to players”  —  Plus, V-bucks get permanently discounted  —  Today, Epic announced the Fortnite “mega drop,” …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple, Disney, and others participated in a White House call over the potential WeChat ban, arguing it could undermine their competitiveness in China  —  Companies including Apple, Disney and Walmart participate in call with White House over action against China's most important app
Bloomberg:
A Weibo survey asking users to choose between WeChat and iPhones drew 1.2M responses, with ~95% saying they would rather give up their devices  —  - Ban on Chinese apps may render iPhone “electronic trash”  — WeChat is instrumental to most China residents' everyday lives
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Facebook officially launches a Voting Information Center on Facebook and Instagram, with state-by-state information on how to register and vote  —  Eager to avoid a repeat of its disastrous role as a super-spreader of misinformation during the 2016 election cycle, Facebook is getting its ducks in a row.
Nancy Scola / Politico:
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Researchers say a now-patched Alexa vulnerability could have been exploited to hand over users' personal data, voice recordings, banking data history, and more  —  Subdomains belonging to the service were found to be harboring CORS errors and vulnerable to XSS attacks.
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Lyft joins Uber in saying it will pull out of California if forced to re-classify drivers as employees  —  The companies say they can't afford to classify drivers as employees  —  Lyft said it would shut down operations in California if forced to classify drivers as employees …
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
US says it has seized more than 300 cryptocurrency accounts and millions of dollars used by al-Qaeda, Hamas' military wing, and ISIS  —  The Trump administration dismantled digital campaigns by al-Qaeda and other other terrorist groups that used social media to obtain cryptocurrency for carrying …
Shannon Vavra / CyberScoop:
NSA and FBI say Russian state sponsored hacker group Fancy Bear is using a previously undisclosed Linux malware called Drovorub for cyber espionage operations  —  The National Security Agency and the FBI are jointly exposing malware that they say Russian military hackers use in cyber-espionage operations.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Intel offers a first look at its next-gen Tiger Lake processors and Xe graphics, both of which promise higher performance and lower power consumption  —  Architecture Day 2020 offers a preview of Intel's future  —  Intel's Architecture Day 2020 brought a first look at the company's upcoming …
Nathan DiCamillo / CoinDesk:
Coinbase says it will offer fiat loans to US retail customers, backed by as much as 30% of a customer's bitcoin holdings, in 17 states this fall  —  Coinbase will allow U.S. retail customers to borrow fiat loans against as much as 30% of their bitcoin holdings in the fall, the San Francisco-based exchange announced Wednesday.
Fanny Potkin / Reuters:
Sources: ByteDance's Indonesian news aggregator app BaBe censored content perceived as critical of the Chinese government between 2018 and mid-2020  —  SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Chinese tech giant ByteDance censored content it perceived as critical of the Chinese government on its news aggregator app …
Brian J Barth / OneZero :
A look at how Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs' bet on making Toronto a smart city failed, driven by intense resistance from residents and civic leaders  —  Alphabet bet big in Toronto.  Toronto didn't play along.  —  October 2017, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke …
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Stream, whose APIs enable product teams to build chat and activity feeds for their applications, raises $15M Series A led by GGV Capital  —  Earlier this year, the founders of Stream, a five-year-old, 60-person startup with offices in Boulder and Amsterdam, weren't feeling so great about their prospects.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Sources: ByteDance has been in talks with India's Reliance for investment in TikTok's India operations since late last month, after India banned the app in June  —  Chinese giant ByteDance is engaging with India's Reliance Industries Limited, the parent firm of telecom giant Jio Platforms …

Sponsor Posts

Google Cloud Next:
Google Cloud Next '20: OnAir  —  It's a wrap but keep viewing the content on-demand.  Solve more with Google Cloud.
Zoho:
Tips to improve work-life balance for remote employees  —  The COVID-19 pandemic forced several employees to work remotely without much time to adjust.  Employees who are not used to working from home may find …
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America:
Keep Cloud Native Everywhere  —  Now more than ever, it's important to keep the cloud native community connected.  Register early and save.
Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
Get the progressive take on tech  —  The progressive political agenda must be centred on the tech revolution.  Sign up to Progress today for the latest insight and analysis.
Oura:
Why Oura Measures Temperature from Your Finger  —  Why measuring “Body Temperature” can lead to different results — and why Oura uniquely measures from your finger.

Listen to Techmeme's Podcast:

Techmeme Ride Home: Tue. 09/29 - With Amazon One, Amazon Wants You To Pay With Your Palm Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 2:25 PM ET, August 13, 2020.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

New York Times:

Earlier Picks

Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Alex Kantrowitz / Big Technology:
James Vincent / The Verge:
Tom Warren / The Verge: