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September 1, 2020, 8:10 PM

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Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook says, after an FBI tip, it took down several Pages and accounts pushing a fake left-wing news outlet made by people linked to Russian troll group IRA  —  New York (CNN Business)People associated with the infamous St. Petersburg troll group that was part of Russia's attempt to interfere …
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
Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:
Amazon had job listings, now removed, for “intelligence analysts” who would assess “labor organizing threats” and contribute to filings like restraining orders  —  Jeff Bezos obviously doesn't want a union in his company.  Amazon's increasingly flippant statements …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nvidia announces new RTX 3080 GPU, priced at $699 and launching Sept. 17, boasting up to two times the performance of the RTX 2080, as well as a $499 RTX 3070  —  Nvidia promises a PC gaming breakthrough  —  Nvidia is unveiling its new GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics cards today.
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
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Apple and Google unveil a framework to help states easily generate and deploy interoperable contact tracing apps, coming in iOS 13.7 now and Android 6.0+ later  —  States can now deploy exposure notifications without building their own apps  —  Apple and Google are launching …
David Ingram / NBC News:
Twitter says it plans to add context to trending topics, including picking a “representative tweet” for trends, amid criticism that the feature amplifies hoaxes  —  Twitter announced Tuesday that it plans to make a series of small changes to its trending topics feature to try …
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Bloomberg:
Trump reiterates his demand that the US be “well compensated” by the sale of TikTok's US assets, saying he told those involved a deal had to happen by Sept. 15  —  - President also reiterates Sept. 15 deadline to strike a deal  — White House has explored collecting fees from sale of TikTok
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+.”
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Sources: US believes another teen, age 16, was involved in the July 15 Twitter hack and conducted a search of his home; warrant and other docs are under seal  —  On Tuesday, federal agents served a Massachusetts teenager with a search warrant.  He appears to have played a significant role …
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.
Bloomberg:
Sources: AT&T decides not to sell its Warner Bros. gaming division, deciding to abandon a potential ~$4B deal once it realized the division's growth potential  —  - Boom in gameplay takes unit off list of assets to jettison  — ‘No sacred cows,’ said Stankey, but this could be an exception
Bloomberg:
Sources: dating app Bumble is preparing for an IPO sometime in early 2021, seeking a valuation between $6B and $8B  —  - Bumble in talks with banks about an IPO early next year  — Blackstone Group bought majority stake in Bumble last year  —  Bumble, a dating app that lets women …
More: Reuters
Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft unveils new tools to identify deepfake videos and launches an interactive quiz at SpotDeepfakes.org to combat disinformation  —  Today, we're announcing two new technologies to combat disinformation, new work to help educate the public about the problem, and partnerships to help advance …
Alison Weissbrot / AdExchanger:
UK-based ad tech startup InfoSum, which lets organizations match customer data in a privacy-compliant way, raises $15M led by Upfront Ventures and IA Ventures  —  InfoSum, a UK-based data platform that allows companies to match data in a privacy compliant-way, has raised $15 million …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Facebook open sources Opacus, a library for training PyTorch models with differential privacy that it says is far faster than existing libraries  —  Facebook today open-sourced Opacus, a library for training PyTorch models with differential privacy that's ostensibly more scalable than existing methods.

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