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August 13, 2020, 12:05 PM

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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
Nancy Scola / Politico:
Google, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and others partner to scenario-plan for the last three months before US Election Day, including slow election results  —  Google, Facebook, Twitter and other major social media companies are working together to scenario-plan for the last three months …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
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.
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 …
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
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 …
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.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Twitter launches API v2, the first complete rebuild of its API since 2012, in a bid to improve relations with third-party developers  —  Wooing developers with a new API  —  Twitter is making it easier for businesses, academics, and third-party developers to build on its platform with the launch of its API v2 today.
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.
New York Times:
Israel says it thwarted an attack on its defense industry by North Korea-linked hacking group Lazarus, but researchers say classified data was likely stolen  —  Israel says the attack was thwarted, but a cybersecurity firm says it was successful.  Some officials fear that classified data stolen …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft is launching its Surface Duo dual-screen Android phone on September 10 for $1,399, with preorders starting today in the US  —  Microsoft is launching its Surface Duo dual-screen Android phone on September 10th, priced from $1,399.  After months of Microsoft executives teasing …
Scott Stein / CNET:

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