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July 13, 2021, 10:15 PM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple and Goldman Sachs are working on a “buy now, pay later” service to let consumers pay for any Apple Pay purchase in installments, to rival Affirm  —  - Service to let users pay off any Apple Pay purchase over time  — Fresh partnership with Apple could boost Goldman consumer push
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
REvil's infrastructure and websites are offline, including its data leak sites, less than two weeks after attacking 1,500+ businesses with ransomware via Kaseya  —  The infrastructure and websites for the REvil ransomware operation have mysteriously gone offline as of last night.
Shannon Vavra / The Daily Beast:
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
The current version of Apple's Weather app won't show 69 degrees, rounding a degree, potentially due to sourcing data in Celsius and converting to Fahrenheit  —  It's not so nice  —  If you're an iPhone user, the weather is always a particularly nice 70 degrees.  Or 68 degrees.
Telegraph:
Excerpt from An Ugly Truth: from Jan. 2014 to Aug. 2015, Facebook fired 52 staffers for exploiting access to user data, prompting an overhaul of data governance  —  In an exclusive extract, Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang reveal how an ethos of openness meant private information could be misused
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Discord buys Sentropy, which emerged from stealth last summer with AI-powered moderation software to fight online abuse and $13M in funding  —  The online chat platform Discord is buying Sentropy, a company that makes AI-powered software to detect and remove online harassment and hate.
The Information:
In April, Amazon acquired over a dozen staff from Facebook to boost its own low earth orbit satellite internet efforts; Amazon paid Facebook to seal agreement  —  Amazon has acquired a team of more than a dozen wireless internet experts from Facebook in an effort to boost its multibillion-dollar effort …
Queenie Wong / CNET:
Facebook is rolling out the ability for Group administrators to designate “group experts”, partly in an effort to help Facebook combat misinformation  —  The social network has been trying to combat misinformation by elevating authoritative sources.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces a $99 MagSafe Battery Pack for the iPhone 12 lineup, with a total capacity of 1460mAh, arriving July 19  —  Apple today released the MagSafe Battery Pack accessory for iPhone 12 models.  Many months after the iPhone 12 series was unveiled, Apple has quietly released …
Gaspard Sebag / Bloomberg:
France fines Google $593M for failing to comply with a 2020 order to negotiate in good faith with publishers for displaying article snippets in Google News  —  - Tech giant penalized for not agreeing deal with publishers  — Fine is the second biggest French antitrust penalty so far
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Inside the World Wide Web Consortium as members debate the future of online privacy, with browsers' engineers often at odds with companies that rely on tracking  —  James Rosewell could see his company's future was in jeopardy.  —  It was January 2020, and Google had just announced key details …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Ring says opt-in end-to-end encryption for video streams is available to all US users and is rolling out globally  —  It's available now in the US  —  Ring's end-to-end encryption for video streams is leaving technical preview, is now available to US users, and is currently rolling out globally …
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Google will now take a 15% cut on the first $3M in sales for “newly signed games” on Stadia from October through the end of 2023  —  Platform will take 15 percent cut on first $3 million in sales for new titles.  —  As part of a Stadia keynote presentation today …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
After England's defeat in Euro 2020, Boris Johnson and others condemn racist abuse of players on social media, with some calling for tougher action by platforms  —  The social media bigotry, directed at three players who missed penalty kicks in the Euro 2020 final, was condemned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and most everyone else.
Lesley Goldberg / The Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Netflix is turning to live events, like the Bridgerton Ball in London, video games, and merchandising to complement subscriber revenue and engage fans  —  Sources say the streaming giant wants to work directly with creators on live events that will, in success, provide new revenue streams as subscriber growth slows.

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