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September 1, 2020, 12:05 PM

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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
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Walmart unveils its new membership service Walmart+, launching Sept. 15 for $98 per year, offering 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+.”
Ryne Hager / Android Police:
Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold2 will cost $2,000, have a 4,500 mAh battery, 5G, 12GB RAM, 256GB storage, 7.6" 120Hz primary display, and start shipping on Sept. 18  —  After endless leaks and the company's own teasing, Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold2 at its “Unpacked Part 2” event today.
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Sources detail attempts by Amazon delivery drivers in Chicago to beat peers to new orders by hanging smartphones in trees near Amazon's delivery stations  —  - Scammers seem to have rigged Amazon system to get orders first  — Operation reflects ferocious rivalry for gigs in a bad economy
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.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon says Alexa can now handle paying for gas at over 11,500 Exxon and Mobil stations in the US, via Echo Auto and other Alexa-enabled mobility devices  —  In January, Amazon announced a new feature would allow Alexa users to pay for their gas at the pump using voice commands via Echo Auto and other Alexa-enabled mobility devices.
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.
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.
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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