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August 28, 2020, 4:40 PM

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Reuters:
Facebook says that to add the new paid events feature to its app on iOS, Apple had it remove a message telling users that Apple takes a 30% cut of sales  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Thursday told Reuters that Apple Inc rejected its attempt to tell users the iPhone maker would take a 30% cut …
BuzzFeed News:
Zuckerberg criticized Apple at companywide meeting, saying the App Store “blocks innovation, blocks competition” and “allows Apple to charge monopoly rents”  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a swing at Apple on Thursday, calling the iPhone maker's app store monopolistic …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
At an all-hands, Zuckerberg said Kenosha Guard's Page remained online after the shooting due to “an operational mistake” as some staff questioned his leadership  —  Frustrated Facebook employees slammed CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday during a companywide meeting …
Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central:
Xiaomi says its under-display cameras are ready for consumer use, will ship in a phone next year, and will be completely invisible under the screen  —  Xiaomi's third-generation under-display camera tech is ready for consumer use. … Xiaomi showed off a prototype with an under-display selfie camera …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Walmart says it is working with Microsoft on the TikTok deal, sources say with the idea of turning TikTok US into an e-commerce app for creators and users  —  Microsoft is working with Walmart on its efforts to buy TikTok's U.S. business from China's ByteDance, Axios has learned from multiple sources close to the process.
Financial Times:
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Citizen Lab: between January and May 2020, China censored over 2000 terms related to coronavirus on WeChat to control the narrative about China and the disease  —  In China, the messaging platform blocked thousands of keywords related to the virus, a new report reveals.
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Apple has terminated Epic's App Store account, following legal dispute between the companies; Epic has an alternative Apple account to manage its Unreal Engine  —  As previously promised by Apple, Epic's App Store account has now been terminated due to the legal dispute between the two companies …
Matt Burgess / WIRED UK:
A look at the state of deepfake pornography, which has become rampant on porn websites, with some videos of popular actresses having millions of views  —  Non-consensual deepfake videos, that humiliate and demean women, are racking up millions of views on mainstream porn sites.  Nothing is being done about them
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: AT&T is again exploring a DirecTV sale and is in talks with PE firms for a deal that could value it below $20B; AT&T bought DirecTV for $49B in 2015  —  Telephone giant in discussions with private-equity bidders for satellite-TV business wounded by shift to streaming services

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