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July 23, 2021, 7:00 PM

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Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple is testing a new external display with a dedicated Apple-made SoC that includes a Neural Engine  —  Apple's Pro Display XDR has been available for quite some time now, but there are still no rumors about an updated version of its high-priced display in the near term.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Alphabet announces Intrinsic, a new company to build software for industrial robots, as part of its “other bets” that includes Waymo, Wing, and Verily  —  Intrinsic is one of Alphabet's other bets, like Waymo and Wing  —  Google's parent-company Alphabet has a birth to announce …
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Facebook brings its cloud gaming service to iPhones and iPads through a progressive web app, with games using Facebook Pay to accept in-game purchases  —  But will people know how to find it?  —  Starting Friday, Facebook is bringing its nascent cloud gaming service to iPhones and iPads through …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
After initially taking down posts with the phrase “Death to Khamenei”, Facebook now says it will allow the chant for a two-week period, amid protests in Iran  —  After the company took down several posts on Instagram that included the popular protest chant against Iran's ruler …
Jay Greene / Washington Post:
Amazon says it opened an investigation into AWS' culture after an internal petition criticized it for discrimination against women and under-represented groups  —  The probe comes as more than 550 workers in a cloud-computing unit supported a petition, citing “an underlying culture …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple MagSafe Battery Pack review: well integrated with iOS and can charge Qi devices, like AirPods, but doesn't provide full iPhone 12 charge and is expensive  —  Apple's new MagSafe Battery Pack is a white rectangle you can stick to the back of an iPhone 12 to charge it.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Researchers: Apple and Google should provide more access to iOS and Android, to help catch more attacks by Pegasus-like spyware in real time  —  Amnesty International sheds alarming light on an NSO Group surveillance tool—and the gaps in Apple and Google's defenses.
Kent Duke / Android Police:
Google is rolling out a fix for a bug in Chrome OS 91, apparently caused by a single typo, which locked Chromebook owners out of devices upon restarting  —  Google can't seem to catch a break when it comes to Chrome OS 91.  First we saw many users reporting their devices using an egregious amount …
Mike Peterson / AppleInsider:
Apple updates Apple Music for Android with Spatial Audio and lossless quality streaming  —  The latest update to the Apple Music app on Android officially introduces support for Apple's lossless and spatial audio features.  —  Version 3.6 of the Apple Music for Android app …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Twitter transparency report: only 2.3% of active accounts have enabled 2FA between July and December 2020; 79.6% of those who did used SMS-based 2FA  —  Twitter has revealed in its latest transparency report that only 2.3% of all active accounts have enabled at least one method of two-factor authentication …
Radhamely De Leon / VICE:
Researchers say they embedded malware in up to half of the neurons in the benchmark AlexNet AI model⁠ and still kept the model's accuracy rate above 93.1%  —  In a proof-of-concept, researchers reported they could embed malware in up to half of an AI model's nodes and still obtain very high accuracy.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU antitrust regulators are likely to launch an investigation into Facebook's acquisition of Kustomer after an initial review ends next month  —  EU antitrust regulators are likely to kick off a full-scale investigation into Facebook's (FB.O) acquisition of U.S. customer service startup Kustomer …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Outbrain closes flat on its first day of trading, after raising $160M in its IPO at a valuation of $1.25B  —  All the sessions from Transform 2021 are available on-demand now.  Watch now.  —  Outbrain, which provides recommended web links at the bottom of news stories …

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