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October 5, 2020, 6:45 AM

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Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
A document from Facebook's law firm shows how the company might fight an antitrust lawsuit and any attempts to force a divestiture of WhatsApp or Instagram  —  Social giant prepares defense against antitrust scrutiny from federal enforcers  —  A government effort to break up Facebook Inc …
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Sriram Krishan / The Observer Effect:
Q&A with Daniel Ek on his pledge to invest €1B in European moonshots, shadowing CEOs like Zuckerberg and Hastings, Spotify's impact on the world, and more  —  Welcome to the second interview on ‘The Observer Effect’.  We are lucky to have one of the most influential founders/CEOs …
Surabhi Agarwal / The Economic Times:
After pushback from Indian developers, Google says it will delay the enforcement of its 30% cut on IAPs from Play Store in India from Sept. 2021 to April 2022  —  Bengaluru: Google deferred the enforcement of 30% commission on in-app purchases of digital goods from its Play Store in India …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Ola fails to get London ride-hailing license renewed over public safety concerns, says it will appeal and keep operating; Uber recently won its appeal in London  —  Just six days after Uber won its appeal against London transportation regulators to continue operating in London for another 18 months …
Liam Frost / Decrypt:
DappRadar: Ethereum's transaction volume skyrocketed to $119.5B in Q3 2020, growing nearly 1,200% from Q2, while DeFi apps accounted for 99% of that volume  —  Transaction volume on the Ethereum blockchain reached $119.5 billion in Q3 2020, surging by nearly 1,200% compared to the previous quarter …
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Ransomware attacks on ERT, IQVIA, and others involved in hundreds of clinical trials and work on a COVID-19 vaccine, has slowed some trials according to clients  —  No patients were affected, but the incident was another reminder of the risks in the increasingly common assaults on computer networks.
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Ten US states, including NY and NJ, that account for ~21% of the US population have released a COVID-19 contact tracing app based on Apple and Google's API  —  - New York and New Jersey both released Covid-19 apps this week, bringing the total to 10 states which have published alert apps using technology …
Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
How Taiwan's biggest chip maker TSMC is caught in a tough spot, forced to heed the dictates of Trump's tech policy, while trying to keep many customers in China  —  The island's biggest chip maker has been a coveted partner to both battling giants.  But rising nationalism is making it harder to keep the middle ground.
Kentaro Iwamoto / Nikkei Asia:
Profile of Singapore-based Sea Limited, an operator of online gaming, commerce, and financial services, whose market cap has quadrupled in 2020 to over $70B  —  Gaming and e-commerce firm will ‘not compromise growth potential,’ says CEO  —  SINGAPORE — When Apple founder Steve Jobs gave …
Neil Cybart / Above Avalon:
As the installed base of Apple Watch approaches 100M, with an estimated 35% of US iPhone users wearing one, rivals are yet to make a credible competing device  —  In a few months, the number of people wearing an Apple Watch will surpass 100 million.  While the tech press spent years infatuated …

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