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July 8, 2021, 11:20 AM

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Wilson White / The Keyword:
Google says antitrust suit by 37 AGs targeting Google Play is “meritless” as it ignores Android's openness to allow competing app stores and sideloading of apps  —  We built Android to create more choices in mobile technology.  Today, anyone, including our competitors …
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.
New York Times:
Book excerpt shows how Zuckerberg and Sandberg's partnership deteriorated during the Trump era, as Zuckerberg increasingly made the biggest policy decisions  —  The company they built is wildly successful.  But her Washington wisdom didn't hold up, and neither did their close working relationship.
Zack Seward / CoinDesk:
Crypto financial services company Circle says it is going public via a SPAC merger at a $4.5B valuation  —  The deal values Circle at $4.5 billion.  —  Circle is going public in a deal that values the crypto financial services firm at $4.5 billion, the firm said Thursday.
Isabelle Lee / Insider:
Visa partners with 50+ crypto firms, including Coinbase, to let users convert and spend crypto and says $1B+ was spent via crypto-linked Visa cards in H1  —  - Visa is partnering with over 50 crypto companies to allow clients to spend digital currencies.  — This means clients can buy …
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
Nishant Sharma / BloombergQuint:
Zomato prices shares at $0.96-$1.02 for its IPO in India that opens on July 14, seeking to raise $1.3B at valuation of about $8B  —  Zomato Ltd. is seeking a valuation of up to Rs 60,000 crore as the food ordering and delivery platform looks to raise capital for expansion.
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.
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 …
CNBC:
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Dutch challenger bank Bunq raises $228M Series A led by Pollen Street Capital at a $1.9B valuation; Series A is the largest ever for a European fintech company  —  Amsterdam-based challenger bank Bunq has been self-funded by its founder and CEO Ali Niknam for several years.
Fu Ting / Associated Press:
WeChat has abruptly deleted dozens of accounts of LGBTQ+ student groups and NGOs across China, citing rules violations without providing further details  —  BANGKOK (AP) — China's most popular social media service has deleted accounts on LGBT topics run by university students and nongovernment groups …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NFL and Twitter renew their content partnership with the NFL making a full-season commitment to produce over 20 Twitter Spaces audio chats with players  —  The NFL and Twitter have renewed their content partnership — which dates to 2013 — and are now kicking their collaboration into live audio.

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