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August 21, 2020, 3:35 PM

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Kif Leswing / CNBC:
In a legal filing, Apple accuses Epic Games of anticompetitive behavior, producing three emails from Tim Sweeney to show that Epic asked for a special deal  —  - Apple responded to Epic Games' lawsuit accusing it of anticompetitive behavior in its control of the App Store in a legal filing on Friday.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Epic to host a Fortnite tournament on Aug. 23 where players can win anti-Apple prizes, encourages iOS users to switch and tweet to Apple using #FreeFortnite  —  Fortnite-maker Epic Games and Apple are currently embroiled in a public battle over Apple's App Store policies …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:
Leaked Palantir S-1 shows the company had 2019 revenue of $742M, up ~25% YoY, and a net loss of $580M, about the same as in 2018  —  Palantir filed an S-1 confidentially to the SEC in early July, but we have so far been waiting for the final doc to be published for weeks now with nary a murmur.
Joe Maring / Android Central:
Sources: Google Pixel 5 to have a 6" 90Hz display, Snapdragon 765G, and dual rear cameras with an ultrawide lens; leaked renders show a rear fingerprint sensor  —  Here's your early look at Google's upcoming Pixels.  —  What you need to know  — Following new renders of the Pixel 5 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Kuo: Apple is looking to offset cost of new 5G tech in iPhone 12 by using a simpler battery board design that will be 40%-50% cheaper than the one in iPhone 11  —  Apple is looking to put a pricing squeeze on component suppliers for the upcoming iPhone 12 lineup to help offset increased costs …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Jeff Wilke, Amazon's CEO of Worldwide Consumer, will retire from the company in 2021; senior VP of retail operations Dave Clark will succeed him  —  - Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon's worldwide consumer business, will retire from his role in the first quarter of 2021, Amazon said Friday.
New York Times:
Sources: Facebook is exploring steps like a “kill switch” to shut off political ads after the election, if Trump attempts to dispute the results using Facebook  —  The world's biggest social network is working out what steps to take should President Trump use its platform to dispute the vote.
New York Times:
A look at Democratic VP candidate Kamala Harris' deep ties to Big Tech, fostered during years in California, as critics say she did little to curb their power  —  Silicon Valley has enthusiastically backed Ms. Harris since she first ran for state attorney general in California a decade ago.
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Facebook says it's piloting an effort to closely watch posts that rapidly gain millions of views to ensure they don't violate community standards  —  Earlier this week, I wrote about how platforms proved they can stop a piece of health-related misinformation in its tracks.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Craft, which uses data from thousands of financial and alternative sources to improve visibility in complex supply chains, raises $10M Series A  —  During the COVID-19 pandemic supply chains have suddenly become hot.  Who knew that would ever happen?  The race to secure PPE, ventilators …
Reuters:
Indian parliamentary panel has summoned Facebook executives on Sept. 2 to question them on regulation of political content on the platform following controversy  —  NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian parliamentary committee will question Facebook (FB.O) executives on how the social media giant …
Meir Orbach / CTech:
Sources: Apple quietly acquired Israeli AR and computer vision startup Camerai over a year ago for several tens of millions of dollars  —  The AR and computer vision company was purchased a year and a half ago, an example of the tech giant's strategy of silently buying up small tech companies

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