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July 23, 2021, 4:00 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 …
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 …
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 system internals 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 …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
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 …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google publishes a detailed timeline for the Privacy Sandbox rollout in Chrome, reiterating plans it announced earlier to delay cookie phaseout until H2 2023  —  Last month, Google announced that it would delay Chrome's plan to phase out support for third-party cookies.
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 …
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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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Twitter is testing a way to downvote replies on iOS to understand the types of replies users find relevant to a conversation; downvotes won't be public  —  Last year, Twitter's chief product officer Kayvon Beykpour confirmed that the social network was “exploring” the idea of adding a dislike button to the app.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Several major websites and services, including Amazon, Steam, and Airbnb, were down for about an hour on Thursday due to issues with Akamai's Edge DNS service  —  Update 12:48 p.m. ET: Akamai says it has implemented a fix for the issue.  “We have implemented a fix for this issue …

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