Techmeme
September 1, 2020, 9:00 PM

Top News

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 …
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
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.
Wall Street Journal:
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 …
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 …
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:
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
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
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Biden campaign releases official yard signs for Animal Crossing that players can use to decorate their virtual homes, as politicians try to reach voters online  —  It's the campaign's latest foray into online organizing  —  Starting today, September 1st, Animal Crossing …
Oliver Reichenstein / iA:
Apple allows Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to sell ads, which are digital goods, in their iOS apps via direct transactions, avoiding IAP and the 30% cut  —  Why should Facebook—the biggest beneficiary of the iPhone, its tools, and its infrastructure—pay $99.-, when small developers have to pay tens and hundreds of thousands?
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 …
Gibran Naiyyar Peshimam / Reuters:
Pakistan says it has blocked dating apps Tinder, Grindr, Tagged, Skout, and SayHi for violating local laws and streaming “immoral content”  —  KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan said on Tuesday it has blocked Tinder, Grindr and three other dating apps for not adhering to local laws …

Sponsor Posts

Niantic Lightship ARDK:
AR App Development Evolved: Join Niantic November 8, 2021  —  Create your own AR Real-World Metaverse with the Niantic Lightship ARDK.  Be part of the launch and join our virtual keynote November 8, 2021.
Zoho:
The future of work: Hybrid work is here to stay  —  Let's rewind two years back to 2019 and look at the predominant work culture at that time.  While remote work was common enough in some fields …
Welcome:
Close more candidates.  Retain your employees.  Access real-time comp data.  —  Benchmark and communicate compensation to candidates and employees, powered by our real-time compensation and equity data.
Techmeme Leaderboards:
Find out who the top reporters are in 43 different tech categories  —  Who are the most influential writers on topics like AI, VR, IoT, or e-commerce?  We've analyzed Techmeme's news crawl data to find out.
Modern Finance Podcast:
Play-to-Earn Gaming with Yield Guild Games
Kevin Rose covers all things cryptocurrency, DeFi, NFTs, stock picks, and more.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.
Techmeme Ride Home:
(TWTR SPC) Metaverse? Name Change? Facebook Wither?
The day's tech news, every day at 5pm ET. Fifteen minutes and you're up to date.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 9:00 PM ET, September 1, 2020.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Aamir Siddiqui / XDA Developers:

Earlier Picks

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
New York Times: