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September 2, 2020, 10:40 AM

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Apple:
Apple says the iOS app economy created 300,000 new US jobs since April 2019 and now supports 2.1M+ US jobs across all 50 states, up 15% YoY  —  App Store ecosystem now supports over 2.1 million jobs across all 50 states  —  The iOS app economy has created nearly 300,000 new jobs since April 2019 …
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 …
Soumyarendra Barik / MediaNama:
India bans another 188 Chinese apps, including PUBG, Baidu, and Alipay, saying widespread concerns were flagged against the blocked apps  —  India on Wednesday banned 118 more apps, including popular gaming app PUBG, for allegedly being engaged in activities which are “prejudicial to sovereignty …
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Google says it will raise the price for ads by 2% in UK and 5% in Turkey and Austria to cover the cost of European digital services taxes, starting in November  —  US tech group to charge additional fees in the UK, Turkey and Austria  —  Google is to pass on the cost of digital services taxes …
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 …
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
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 …
Maria Armental / Wall Street Journal:
Patreon says it has raised $90M at a $1.2B+ pre-money valuation, nearly twice the $660M valuation it had prior to a funding round last year  —  New Enterprise Associates and Wellington Management led the $90 million funding round  —  Membership platform Patreon Inc., which enables musicians …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: TikTok sale talks have been complicated by China's new AI export restrictions, with parties unsure whether TikTok's algorithms can be included  —  Complexity of new Chinese export restrictions has reduced the chances of a sale occurring soon  —  Deal talks for TikTok's U.S. operations …
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 …
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
New York Times:
Bloomberg:
US appeals court affirms a lower court ruling rejecting Oracle's challenges to the Pentagon's $10B JEDI contract, arguing Oracle does not qualify anyway  —  - Appeals court affirmed ruling that Oracle wasn't harmed  — Oracle is fighting exclusion from contract given to Microsoft
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
CNN:
Donald Trump, his campaign's “War Room” account, Steve Scalise, and Dan Scavino recently shared misleading videos; Twitter labeled three as “manipulated media”  —  (CNN Business)A series of deceptively edited and misleading videos shared by prominent Republicans …

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