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September 1, 2020, 9:45 AM

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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.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is building ~75M 5G iPhones for later this year, along with two new Apple Watch versions, iPad Air with edge-to-edge screen, and smaller HomePod  —  - Headphones, new Watch models, iPad Air, smaller HomePod coming  — Supply chain, consumer interest hold up in pandemic, recession
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.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Walmart unveils its new membership service Walmart+, launching Sept. 15 for $98 per year, will offer free, unlimited same-day delivery, fuel discounts, and more  —  Walmart today officially unveiled its new membership service and Amazon Prime rival, which it's calling “Walmart+.”
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 up 10%+  —  - Zoom raised its fiscal-year guidance, easily exceeding analysts' estimates.  — The company made executive and board appointments in the quarter as usage soared.
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 …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Google Images now lets users search for photos by licensing type and adds a Licensable badge on images linking to licensing requirements and where to buy rights  —  Google says it'll help users find images more “responsibly”  —  Google is rolling out an update to Google Images designed …
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Google quietly updates its AdMob Help Center with iOS 14 information, says it will use Apple's ATT API for triggering the IDFA opt-in notice  —  Like all companies invested in the mobile ecosystem, Google is getting ready for iOS 14.  But the company is playing its cards close to the vest.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Cosmose, which tracks foot traffic in brick-and-mortar stores to help predict customer behavior, raises $15M Series A led by Tiga Investments  —  Cosmose tracks foot traffic in brick-and-mortar stores to help predict customer behavior, providing data that is increasingly important as companies try to weather COVID-19's economic impact.
Pat Garofalo / American Economic Liberties Project:
Report details how Google and Facebook harm local communities by siphoning resources from local businesses, undermining local news, distorting local democracy  —  Since 2016, commentators across a swath of disciplines have pointed to Google and Facebook as consequential and harmful actors in the global political and social order.
More: Axios
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 …

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