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September 2, 2022, 5:40 PM

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Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Counterpoint: the iPhone's installed base overtook Android and passed 50% of US smartphones used in Q2 2022, 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.
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Google and YouTube outline plans to limit the spread of election misinformation in the 2022 US midterms, like highlighting journalism from authoritative sources  —  Google and its video sharing app YouTube outlined plans for handling the 2022 U.S. midterm elections this week …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sources: Netflix moved its ad tier debut to November 1 in the US, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, and more, to beat Disney+'s ad tier launch on December 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 …
Reuters:
Meta signs 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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Google reinstates Parler to the Play Store after removing it following the January 6 Capitol attack, citing measures the app has taken to moderate content  —  A year and a half after it was removed from Google's Play Store, Parler, a Twitter alternative that attracts conservatives, has returned to the showcase for Android apps.
The Verge:
Sources detail how Twitter's health team, once tasked with fostering civil conversations, was cut from 15 full-time staff 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 …
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 …
IDC:
Global PC shipments are projected to drop 12.8% to 305.3M in 2022 as tablet shipments fall 6.8% to 156.8M; the PC/tablet market is forecast 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 …
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 investment in 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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