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August 22, 2020, 4:10 AM

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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:
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Matt Mullenweg says Automattic will add IAP for WordPress.com plans to WordPress iOS app after Apple froze app updates and demanded the addition  —  This sounds ridiculous  —  WordPress, the iOS app, lets you build and manage a website right from your iPhone or iPad.
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 …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
FBI and CISA warn of an ongoing voice phishing campaign targeting remote workers in the US aimed at stealing login credentials for corporate networks/VPNs  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on Thursday issued a joint alert …
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.
Bloomberg:
Bloomberg:
Sources: Alphabet considered participating in a group bid for TikTok but talks among companies in the nascent consortium ended recently  —  - Google parent would have used an investment unit for deal  — Talks among firms in nascent consortium said to end recently
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.
NBC News:
Facebook's decision to disable the #SaveTheChildren hashtag appears to have energized and amplified the QAnon movement, spurring on public, offline rallies  —  On the second Saturday of August, about 100 protestors gathered at the “Big Red Wagon,” a well-known attraction in downtown Spokane, Washington.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Trump administration is signaling that US companies can continue to use WeChat in China, and intends to prohibit downloads of WeChat in US app stores  —  - Outreach by officials follows lobbying push by companies  — Technical details of partial ban still being hammered out
Sarah Kessler / OneZero :
Uber and Lyft's potential franchise model is reminiscent of FedEx's similar move, when FedEx shifted from employing independent contractors to fleet operators  —  A new ‘franchise’ model could help the companies without necessarily improving working conditions

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