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August 31, 2020, 10:35 PM

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New York Times:
Facebook warns it will block Australian users and news organizations from sharing news stories on Facebook and Instagram if the ACCC's proposal passes  —  The move, a response to pressure to pay publishers when their stories are posted on the social network, could add to internet silos springing up around the world.
CNBC:
Sources: TikTok has chosen a buyer for its US, New Zealand, and Australian businesses, expected to be for $20B-$30B, and could announce as soon as Tuesday  —  - TikTok has chosen a bidder for its U.S., New Zealand and Australian businesses and could announce the deal as soon as Tuesday.
Reuters:
Survey of 1,349 US adults finds 40% support Trump's threatened ban on TikTok if a US buyer cannot be found, with responses split along party lines  —  WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK (Reuters) - Forty percent of Americans back President Donald Trump's threat to ban videosharing app TikTok if it is not sold …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Researcher finds a macOS adware campaign using malware notarized by Apple; after being notified, Apple shut it down, but then another notarized variant emerged  —  The ubiquitous Shlayer adware has picked up a new trick, slipping past Cupertino's “notarization” defenses for the first time.
Akhil Arora / NDTV Gadgets 360:
Netflix is offering free access to select original content for non-subscribers, on Android and web but not on iOS, with a 30-second skippable ad for Netflix  —  Available on Android and computer browsers globally.  —  Snapchat  —  HIGHLIGHTS  —  Netflix is offering limited free access …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
FAA says it has given Amazon permission to operate its Prime Air delivery drones; Amazon began testing the fleet in 2013, aiming to make deliveries in 30 mins  —  - Amazon on Monday received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate its fleet of Prime Air delivery drones.
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Twitter now shows quote tweet counts directly under tweets, rebranding “Retweets with comments” as “Quote Tweets”  —  Twitter has been testing a new way to let users easily find quote tweets by separating them from regular retweets.  The company confirmed today …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple says App Store policy changes, including not delaying bug fix updates over guideline violations and letting developers challenge guidelines, are now live  —  Back in June at WWDC, Apple announced several changes to its handling of App Store review, noting that it would in most cases …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Zoom reports Q2 revenue of $663.5M, up 355% YoY, ~370K customers with 10+ employees, up 458% YoY, and net income of $186M, up from $5.5M YoY; stock jumps 16%+  —  - Zoom raised its fiscal-year guidance, easily exceeding analysts' estimates.  — The company made executive and board appointments in the quarter as usage soared.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Facebook announces a research project into its impact on the 2020 election, with two dozen staffers working alongside 17 independent researchers  —  Facebook is teaming up with academics across the country to determine once and for all whether Facebook is in fact influencing the 2020 election.
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Source: Coinbase is exploring the use of blockchain-based tokens as part of its IPO; waiting for regulatory approval may push its IPO announcement to mid-2021  —  Coinbase announced on Monday that prominent venture capitalist Marc Andreessen is joining its board, alongside Gokul Rajaram …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
TikTok partners with Teespring to let creators sell merch directly from the app, a first for the platform, planning to roll out the integration soon  —  The exclusive partnership kicks off in September  —  TikTok creators will soon be able to sell merchandise they design and create directly to fans via the app itself.
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Monica Chin / The Verge:
Lenovo announces a new flagship laptop line, the Yoga 9: convertible 14" and 15" Yoga 9i starts at $1,399, while non-convertible Yoga Slim 9i starts at $1,599  —  A slim device with a leather cover  —  Lenovo has announced a new flagship consumer laptop line, the Yoga 9 series.

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