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August 24, 2020, 8:40 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Mark Zuckerberg stoked concerns about Chinese internet companies and TikTok in meetings with officials and several senators in Washington, DC last fall  —  Social-media tycoon emphasized threat from Chinese internet companies as he worked to fend off U.S. regulation of Facebook
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. WeChat Users Alliance, a nonprofit, files a lawsuit in district court in SF against Trump's executive order banning transactions with WeChat and ByteDance  —  Group of users of popular Tencent-owned app says Trump administration's planned curbs violate civil rights, target Chinese-Americans
CNBC:
TikTok confirms it plans to sue the Trump administration as early as this week over executive order banning transactions with TikTok and ByteDance  —  TikTok is planning to sue the Trump administration over the president's executive order banning transactions with the popular video-sharing app …
The Verge:
In a new filing, Epic says revocation of its developer tools by Apple will harm the developer ecosystem and adds a declaration of support from Microsoft  —  ‘An unlawful effort to... chill any action by others who might dare oppose Apple,’ new motion reads  —  Apple is threatening …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Apple says it won't require IAP in WordPress app “since the developer removed the display of their service payment options”, apologizes for confusion caused  —  “We [...] apologize for any confusion that we have caused”  —  On Friday, the internet erupted in a small way to learn …
Sidney Fussell / Wired:
US law enforcement agencies are getting more savvy about using information collected by smart speakers and other devices as part of criminal investigations  —  Requests are rising from law enforcement for information on the devices, which can include internet queries, food orders, and overheard conversations.
Eric Pfanner / Bloomberg:
UK grocery giant Tesco says it will create 16,000 permanent jobs in its e-commerce division, on top of the 4,000 already created during the pandemic  —  Tesco Plc plans to create permanent roles for 16,000 new workers in its online business, underlining a pandemic-fueled shift …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Datasembly, which scrapes data to offer a real time pricing tool for consumer goods, raises $10.3M Series A led by Craft Ventures  —  Washington-based Datasembly aims to take the guesswork out of the pricing for consumer goods.  —  The company founded by Ben Reich and Dan Gallagher initially started …
Wall Street Journal:
As workspace usage of Slack and Microsoft Teams soars, lawyers see an uptick in harassment claims, as messaging is more informal and often misinterpreted  —  Chat applications have become a major way employees stay connected, but some see an uptick in agitation and bullying
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