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September 2, 2022, 2:15 PM

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Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Counterpoint: iPhone active installed base overtook Android to gain 50%+ share of the US smartphone market in Q2, up from 35% in 2019 and the highest since 2007  —  Milestone was passed in quarter ending in June, says Counterpoint Research  —  Apple has overtaken Android devices to account …
TechCrunch:
Samsung says hackers stole some customer data, including names, contact and product registration information, in a breach of its US systems in late July 2022  —  U.S. electronics giant Samsung has confirmed a data breach affecting customers' personal information.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sources: Netflix's ad-supported tier may debut on Nov. 1 in markets including Canada, France, Germany, UK, and US; the date was moved to beat Disney+'s Dec. 8  —  Netflix is moving up the timeline for the debut of its cheaper, ad-supported plan to November — in order to get out before the Dec. 8 launch …
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Google and YouTube outline plans to curtail political misinformation during the 2022 US midterms, including highlighting journalism from authoritative sources  —  Google and its video sharing app YouTube outlined plans for handling the 2022 U.S. midterm elections this week …
Reuters:
Meta agrees a deal with Qualcomm to produce custom Snapdragon chips optimized for its Quest VR devices; the chips will not be exclusive to Meta  —  Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) signed an agreement to have chip-maker Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) produce custom chipsets for its Quest virtual reality devices …
The Verge:
Sources detail how Twitter's health team, tasked with fostering civil conversations, went from 15 full-time staffers down to two amid the Musk acquisition chaos  —  It had been a long pandemic for Twitter's research team.  Tasked with solving some of the platform's toughest problems around harassment …
IDC:
Global PC shipments are expected to drop 12.8% to 305.3M in 2022 while tablet shipments will fall 6.8% to 156.8M; combined PC/tablet market to fall 2.6% in 2023  —  Tumultuous times are ahead for the PC and tablet markets according to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation …
Vikas SN / Moneycontrol:
Google extends third-party in-app billing to India, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, and the European Economic Area; non-gaming developers globally can participate  —  All non-gaming developers can offer an additional billing option to their mobile and tablet users on Google Play in India …
Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK's CMA says Microsoft's $69B Activision Blizzard acquisition will require an in-depth review and gives Microsoft a September 8 deadline to offer remedies  —  Microsoft Corp.'s planned $69 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard Inc. will be sent for an in-depth review unless …
Financial Times:
Sources: the SEC's probe into JPMorgan letting staff use WhatsApp and other unapproved channels for business spreads to other banks, which may pay $1B+ in fines  —  SEC investigation sparks questions about how banks monitor communications in an era of disappearing messages
Munsif Vengattil / Reuters:
Industry group: India plans to pilot parallel testing of new electronic devices to speed up safety approvals and reduce the 16-to-21-week certification time  —  India will try out a strategy of parallel testing to speed up safety approvals for new electronic devices, an industry group told Reuters on Friday …
Binance Blog:
CEO Changpeng Zhao says Binance is not a Chinese company and that a competitor ran a campaign to imply it is secretly run by a Chinese national, Guangying Chen  —  One of the many strengths that our employees at Binance must possess is thick skin.  After all, this industry is the subject …
Coco Feng / South China Morning Post:
Sources: CFO Julie Gao told staff ByteDance has no plans to go public; report: CEO Liang Rubo said the company plans to reduce input into noncore businesses  —  TikTok 's parent company ByteDance , the world's most valuable unicorn, has no plans to go public, its chief financial officer told employees …

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