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September 22, 2020, 12:05 AM

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Bloomberg:
Microsoft says it will honor Bethesda's currently announced PS5 exclusives but will assess bringing future games to “other consoles on a case by case basis”  —  - Purchase is Microsoft's most-expensive video-game deal ever  — Microsoft needs game titles after delay of Halo Infinite
Microsoft:
Microsoft says it will acquire ZeniMax Media and its game publisher Bethesda Softworks for $7.5B in cash; Bethesda develops Fallout, DOOM, Quake, and others  —  Iconic games portfolio, publishing expertise, and world-class talent accelerates growth in Microsoft's Gaming business
David McCabe / New York Times:
Trump says he would not approve a TikTok deal unless ByteDance ceded its control, after ByteDance said it would retain an 80% stake  —  President Trump on Monday said that he would not approve a deal for TikTok if its Chinese owner did not fully sell its interest in the product …
Financial Times:
ByteDance asserts it will maintain majority ownership and control over TikTok Global and will not transfer source code or technology to Oracle and Walmart  —  ByteDance contradicts claims by Donald Trump, Oracle and Walmart as both sides seek to spin deal  —  Two days after the White House gave …
Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:
Bloomberg:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Quibi is exploring several strategic options including a possible sale, raising more money, or going public through a merger with a SPAC  —  Startup founded by Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg has struggled to attract subscribers since launching in April
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft releases an overhauled Xbox app for Android in beta that includes the ability to remotely play Xbox games streamed directly from an Xbox One  —  Microsoft opens up Xbox remote play streaming to everyone with new Android app beta  —  Microsoft is releasing a new Xbox app …
David Gilbert / VICE:
Filing: Facebook says it may be pushed to exit the EU market due to last month's preliminary order from Ireland's DPC that prohibits sending EU user data to US  —  European regulators are cracking down on Facebook's ability to transfer data across the Atlantic.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Sources: DOJ to brief state AGs on Wednesday about its plans to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google; a case could be filed as early as next week  —  The Justice Department is expected to brief state attorneys general this week about its imminent plans to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google …
iFixit:
Teardown of the Apple Watch Series 6 shows the 40mm model has an 8.5% bigger battery than the Series 5 and the 44mm model has a 3.5% larger battery  —  Introduction The Apple Watch Series 6 is here to take your breath away—or at least tell you a whole lot about your breathing.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
SEC and OCC issue first detailed guidance on cryptocurrencies backed by fiat currencies, saying national banks can provide services to stablecoin issuers in US  —  The U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has published fresh guidance, officially clarifying national banks …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Amazon says Echo and Tile devices will become Bluetooth bridges for Sidewalk, its low-bandwidth, long-range wireless protocol, later this year  —  Last year, Amazon announced its Sidewalk network, a new low-bandwidth, long-distance wireless protocol it developed to help connect smart devices inside and …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says its data portability tool Google Takeout averages more than 2M exports per month and 200B files were exported in 2019  —  Google Takeout has long let users export and download local copies of their data.  With the Data Transfer Project, Google made it so that you could directly move …

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