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July 7, 2021, 8:10 PM

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CNBC:
Donald Trump sues Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as Zuckerberg, Dorsey, and Pichai, claiming the companies have violated his First Amendment rights  —  - Former President Donald Trump announced he is suing Facebook, Twitter and Google, as well as their respective CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai.
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Bonnie Kristian / The Week:
Trump's lawsuits that claim Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube violated his First Amendment rights are just PR and fundraising tools, and likely legally doomed  —  One member of this class action is not like the others  —  Former President Donald Trump announced himself on Wednesday …
Kishan Vyas / XDA Developers:
OnePlus confirms the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro throttle many popular apps to improve battery life, after investigations found uneven throttling across apps/benchmarks  —  While camera and display haven't always remained the strongholds of OnePlus, performance is one area where OnePlus phones have historically been quite good.
Leah Nylen / Politico:
AGs from 36 states and DC file an antitrust suit against Google, targeting Play Store's practice of making devs use its billing system and charging a commission  —  The lawsuit filed in California federal court is the third by state attorneys general to target the company for alleged antitrust violations.
Bloomberg:
Sources: China plans rule changes requiring Chinese companies to seek approval to list overseas, even if the unit selling shares is incorporated outside China  —  - Securities regulator working to change overseas listing rules  — Change would require VIE firms to get nod to list offshore
Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:
TikTok tests letting US users apply for jobs with video resumes, posted with a #TikTokResumes hashtag; 30+ brands join the pilot including WWE, Shopify, Target  —  expanding into job recruitment.  As of today, the company has launched a pilot program that allows people in the US to apply for entry …
Wall Street Journal:
A Dutch security researcher group says it had notified Kaseya in April about one of the flaws that was exploited in the devastating ransomware attack last week  —  President Biden is meeting officials to discuss recent attacks, including latest affecting hundreds of organizations around the world
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Facebook-commissioned study by Comscore claims that most US iOS and Android users stick with preinstalled apps; Apple says the study is “seriously flawed”  —  If you use an iPhone or Android phone, chances are the majority of your most-used apps were made by Apple and Google.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Instagram's shift away from being a photo-sharing app fits within its broader continuous evolution, from photo filtering tool to network to Stories and beyond  —  Last week Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri posted a video on Instagram about Instagram: … Everyone that I've seen …
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Ubisoft confirms it's developing Assassin's Creed Infinity, an online service with evolving gameplay that expands over time, seeking to emulate Fortnite and GTA  —  Assassin's Creed, a video game franchise set in huge worlds where each one can take hundreds of hours to complete, is getting even bigger.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Mozilla's crowdsourced study about YouTube over a 10-month period finds 71%+ videos flagged as objectionable by participants were recommended by YouTube itself  —  For years YouTube's video-recommending algorithm has stood accused of fuelling a grab-bag of societal ills by feeding users …
Tom McKay / Gizmodo:
In an attempt to keep ahead of China's regulations, Tencent says it'll use a facial recognition system to prevent minors from playing games late into the night  —  Shenzhen, China-based gaming giant Tencent has announced it will use a face recognition system to prevent minors in its home country …
Carson Kessler / ProPublica:
Some users have reported getting locked out of their accounts at Chime, a “neobank” serving millions, with 920 complaints filed to CFPB since April 15, 2020  —  Chime, a “neobank” serving millions, is racking up complaints from users who can't access their cash.
Thomas Shum / Bloomberg:
Sotheby's auction house says it will accept bitcoin and Ether at the sale of a 101.38-carat diamond, which could fetch as much as $15M, on Friday  —  - Pear-shaped flawless gem could fetch $15 million at auction  — Bitcoin, Ether will be accepted at Hong Kong sale on Friday
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Alfred Ng / The Markup:
Public records and a 2019 version of its user guide show just how invasive AnyVision's facial recognition software can be; AnyVision's customers include schools  —  One school using the software saw that a student's face was captured more than 1,000 times during the week

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