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September 1, 2020, 1:55 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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:
Amazon has two job listings for “intelligence analysts” who will give assessments of “labor organizing threats” for use in filings, including restraining orders  —  Jeff Bezos obviously doesn't want a union in his company.  Amazon's increasingly flippant statements …
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.
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 …
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.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Stockholm-headquartered Bambuser, which has pivoted to making tools for live video shopping, raises $45M  —  Bambuser is a name that you may not have heard in a while, but the Stockholm-headquartered company is announcing today that it's raised $45 million in new funding this year …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Data compliance startup InCountry, which helps SaaS companies store data locally, raises $18M in an extension to its Series A at a valuation of over $150M  —  We're seeing a gradual expansion of national regulations that require data from SaaS applications to be stored locally, in the country where it's sourced and used.
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.
Aamir Siddiqui / XDA Developers:
ZTE announces 6.92" Axon 20 5G, with a camera under the display and Snapdragon 765G and 4,220 mAh battery, starting at ~$322 only in China  —  ZTE has been teasing the Axon 20 5G for a few weeks now.  It's understandable for the company to heavily push this new device because it's …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Music partners with Twitch to let artists livestream to the Amazon Music app on iOS and Android  —  Amazon is leveraging its investment in live-streaming site Twitch to expand its Amazon Music service.  The company announced this morning Twitch's livestreams will now be available …

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