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July 27, 2021, 6:35 AM

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Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Intel says its Foundry Services will build chips for Qualcomm and AWS and lays out a roadmap to catch up with TSMC and Samsung by 2025  —  Intel Corp (INTC.O) said on Monday its factories will start building Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) chips and laid out a roadmap to expand its new foundry business …
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
About 1,000 current and former Activision Blizzard employees say the company's response to its recent lawsuit is “insulting”, in a letter to leadership  —  Nearly 1,000 current and former Activision Blizzard Inc. employees have signed a letter calling the company's responses …
Tom Krazit / Protocol:
Google issues a new Enterprise APIs policy, promising that APIs will remain available far into the future, aiming to move past a reputation for killing services  —  Google Cloud issued a promise Monday to current and potential customers that it's safe to build a business around its core technologies …
Todd Feathers / VICE:
A look at ShotSpotter, which uses sensors to “detect gunshots”, as court filings suggest it frequently alters evidence at the request of police departments  —  Prosecutors in Chicago are being forced to withdraw evidence generated by the technology, which led to the police killing …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Facebook announces a new Metaverse product group, with plans to hire hundreds of staff, led by Instagram VP Vishal Shah, reporting to VR/AR VP Andrew Bosworth  —  The company plans to hire hundreds of new staffers for the group.  —  Facebook is all in on the Metaverse …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung confirms that it won't launch Galaxy Note at its Unpacked event on Aug. 11, says it will launch new Galaxy Z phones and an S Pen designed for foldables  —  The company also promises ‘enhanced durability’  —  Samsung isn't looking to have many surprises at its August 11th Unpacked event.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Indonesia-based grocery delivery app HappyFresh raises $65M Series D led by Naver Financial Corporation and Gafina B.V.  —  HappyFresh, the on-demand grocery app based in Indonesia, announced today it has raised a $65 million Series D. The round was led by Naver Financial Corporation and Gafina B.V. …
Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch:
South Africa-based Yoco, which offers offline and online payment solutions for SMEs, raises $83M Series C led by Dragoneer, bringing total raised to $107M  —  Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) contribute heavily to the economic success of many countries, particularly those in the developing world.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Apple updates iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to address a zero-day flaw that was reportedly actively exploited, making it the 13th zero-day Apple has patched this year  —  Apple has released patches today for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to address a zero-day vulnerability that the company says has been exploited in the wild.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
ActiveFence, whose tech proactively detects disinformation and other malicious content, raises $100M in a combined Series A and Series B  —  Online abuse, disinformation, fraud and other malicious content is growing and getting more complex to track.  Today, a startup called ActiveFence …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
London-based Sedna, a service that analyzes emails and chats to perform actions mentioned within them, raises $34M Series B led by Insight Partners  —  Many have tried, but email refuses to die... although in the process it might be (figuratively speaking) killing some of us with the workload it brings on to triage and use it.
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
FCC challenges a bid won by SpaceX for $886M in rural broadband subsidies, concerned some of the spending may be wasteful, duplicative, or headed for other uses  —  - Company is among 197 winning bidders to get letters from FCC  — Agency says it's cleaning up results from auction last year
More: The Verge
Bloomberg:
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, YouTube, and others will now add content from white supremacist and far-right militias to a key counterterrorism database  —  A counterterrorism organization formed by some of the biggest U.S. tech companies including Facebook (FB.O) and Microsoft (MSFT.O) …
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