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August 29, 2021, 7:05 PM

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Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
Kuo: iPhone 13 hardware could support LEO satellite communications; Apple may work with Globalstar to enable connectivity when not in 4G/5G range  —  The iPhone 13 will feature low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication connectivity to allow users to make calls and send messages …
Andrew Hayward / Decrypt:
Jack Dorsey and Mike Brock say Square's TBD is building a Bitcoin-centric decentralized exchange for digital assets  —  Square's Cash App is a popular way for people to buy and sell Bitcoin, but CEO Jack Dorsey's love for the leading cryptocurrency is immense—and the financial services firm plans to do a lot more in the space.
Bloomberg:
China starts a two-month campaign to crack down on websites and social media accounts that post financial information that “maliciously bad-mouths” its economy  —  China kicked off a two-month campaign to crack down on commercial platforms and social media accounts …
E&T Magazine:
New research suggests the internet is not making people who engage in political discussions online more aggressive, but makes their behavior more visible  —  New research suggests that the internet is not responsible for making people become more aggressive when engaging in political discussions online …
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Filing in AGs' lawsuit against Google: the Play Store hit revenues of $11.2B in 2019, with $8.5B in gross profit and an operating margin of over 62%  —  Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google generated $11.2 billion in revenue from its mobile app store in 2019, according to a court filing unsealed on Saturday …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple Watch Series 7 will get a flat edged design with 41mm and 45mm displays, and multiple new watch faces to take advantage of the larger sizes  —  This is the free version of Power On.  If you like it, consider subscribing to Bloomberg.com — you'll receive this newsletter several hours earlier …
Benedict Evans:
Most of the internet privacy proposals on the table today are in absolute, direct conflict with most of the proposals to increase competition in the markets  —  The consumer internet industry spent two decades building a huge, complex, chaotic pile of tools and systems to track and analyse …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Apple's “clarifications” as part of its settlement will not make much of a difference in the long run for developers or to how the App Store actually works  —  Apple isn't changing how the App Store works because Apple doesn't want it to change  —  Apple made waves this week …
Will Douglas Heaven / MIT Technology Review:
Tel Aviv-based startup Hour One is paying people to use their likenesses to create AI-voiced characters for marketing and educational videos for its clients  —  AI-powered characters based on real people can star in thousands of videos and say anything, in any language.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
EU's data protection supervisor recommends that personal data such as search queries and browsing history should not be used for the assessment of credit scores  —  The European Union's lead data protection supervisor has recommended on Thursday that personal data such as search queries …

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