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July 25, 2022, 8:20 PM

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Joseph Cox / VICE:
Internal docs from 2017 show Roblox's plan for expanding into China: censorship compliance, expecting to be hacked and copied by partners like Tencent, and more  —  Filtering games.  Blocking maps with Taiwan.  Handling “historical facts.”  Roblox was prepared to go all in on Chinese censorship …
Kelcee Griffis / Bloomberg Law:
Apple reaches a deal to settle a patent case with Koss, which in 2020 alleged that the AirPods violate five Koss' patents; terms of the deal were not disclosed  —  Apple Inc. dodged a patent-infringement trial over its AirPods after reaching an agreement with headphone maker Koss Corp. to settle the case.
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
Creators are forming groups on chat apps like Discord, Geneva, and Telegram, which they say offer a more intimate, community experience than social networks  —  Influencers are setting up groups on chat apps, like Geneva, Discord and Telegram, which they say offer a more intimate …
Dylan Martin / The Register:
Intel plans to manufacture chips for Taiwanese chip designer MediaTek, the first major customer for Intel Foundry Services; MediaTek will continue to use TSMC  —  This will be the x86 giant's first major foundry customer  —  Intel will manufacture chips for Taiwanese chip designer MediaTek …
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
The NFL launches its NFL+ streaming service, offering a $4.99/month tier and $9.99/month Premium tier with full game replays; NFL+ replaces Game Pass in the US  —  It will cost $4.99 per month at launch Monday, and include live local games on mobile devices, as well as live audio of every game.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Meta, Google, Microsoft, Amazon join NIST in calling for an end of the leap second, which keeps clocks in sync with the Earth's rotation but can cause glitches  —  Syncing clocks with the Earth's rotation causes more problems than it's worth, according to Google, Meta, Microsoft and Amazon.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Meta launches Music Revenue Sharing to let US creators include licensed music in their 60+ second Facebook videos and earn a 20% share of in-stream ad revenue  —  Meta announced today that creators on Facebook can now earn money through their Facebook videos that use licensed music.
Bloomberg:
China forces 100 companies operating in Shenzhen, including Foxconn, Huawei, and ZTE, to operate in a “closed loop” for seven days to combat a COVID-19 outbreak  —  China has forced some of its biggest companies, including iPhone maker Foxconn and oil producer CNOOC Ltd. …
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
The trial of Ahmad Abouammo, once a rising star at Twitter, is underway; he is charged with spying for Saudi Arabia, outing dissidents who likely faced torture  —  Twitter Inc. cultivated Saudi Arabian leaders to boost the use of its platform in the Middle East.
Oliver Knight / CoinDesk:
Layer 1 blockchain Aptos has raised a $150M Series A led by FTX Ventures and Jump Crypto, bringing its total funding, all in 2022, to $350M  —  The team is looking to bring the Diem blockchain back to life.  —  Layer 1 blockchain Aptos Labs, which is made up of former employees …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Instagram's new TikTok-like UI, which has only partially rolled out, lifts some dark patterns from TikTok, like no longer being able to quickly mute videos  —  I, of all people, got a fresh new user interface in Instagram the other day.  Although the company has not rolled it out to all users yet …

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