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  1. US video-sharing app Triller believes China’s new export rules strengthen its $20 billion bid to acquire TikTok’s US business from Chinese parent ByteDance. One source involved in the discussions told Business Insider that China’s new rules favor Triller because the company could take on TikTok’s branding while still using its own code.
  2. Apple, Amazon, and and Google hiked their developer and ad client fees to pass on the costs of paying new digital taxes in Europe. Apple on Tuesday announced a group of new developer fees motivated by new digital services taxes in Italy, France, the UK, and Turkey.
  3. PayPal told Business Insider it has terminated at least four accounts linked to a Russian influence operation exposed on Tuesday. Business Insider obtained the list of accounts from freelance writers who said they had been duped into writing for the Russian operation, which posed as a progressive website called “Peace Data.”
  4. Mediatonic, the British studio that created the smash hit game “Fall Guys”, nearly failed in 2016, its CEO told Business Insider. “Fall Guys” has hit 7 million downloads on Steam, and the game was created after Mediatonic lost all its client business in 2016.
  5. The dating and networking app Bumble is readying to go public as soon as early 2021, according to Bloomberg. Bumble could seek an initial-public-offering valuation between $6 billion and $8 billion, the news agency reported.
  6. Google has resumed performance reviews, but some employees are anxious that the new, longer 12-month cycle will hurt their chances to get promotions. The new reviews will assess performance for the past 12 months, whereas previously reviews typically assessed a 6-month period.
  7. The founder and former CEO of Virtudent, a Boston teledentistry startup, has sued his former company as well as its some of its directors, officers, and investors, saying that he was unjustly ousted for pushing back on the directors’ grow-at-all-costs strategy. Hitesh Tolani launched Virtudent in 2014 as one of the first commercial teledentistry firms; its hygienists conduct exams in corporate offices or other places and then consult with its dentists over the internet.
  8. A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that the NSA’s sweeping program to collect Americans’ phone records was illegal and possibly unconstitutional. In its ruling, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the NSA broke the law by collecting “phone metadata,” or bulk records of Americans’ phone call history.
  9. A Facebook employee sparked outrage after defending “well-intentioned law enforcement officers” and disputing that there’s racial bias in policing in a post on internal company messaging boards, The Daily Beast reported Wednesday. According to The Daily Beast, the backlash was so strong that Mark Zuckerberg alluded to the post in a note to employees, saying some people weren’t “appreciating the impact their words are having on our Black community.”
  10. Microsoft on Tuesday announced the launch of Microsoft Video Authenticator, a tool designed to spot when videos have been manipulated using deepfake technology. Microsoft said it’s inevitable deepfake technology will adapt to avoid detection, but that in the run-up to the election its tool can be useful.

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  1. A Facebook engineer quit in protest after accusing the company of ‘profiting off hate’. Ashok Chandwaney criticized Facebook’s failure to remove a militia group’s event inciting violence against protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  2. The Biden campaign took over an Instagram fan account started by a 15-year-old. The account’s teenage creator will now be volunteering for the campaign in an official capacity. 
  3. ByteDance will give its 60,000 employees cash bonuses to ‘thank everyone for their efforts’ amid a potential TikTok deal. In an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg, ByteDance said the bonuses are intended to “thank everyone for their efforts and dedication”.
  4. Shares in Slack sunk almost 20% after reporting showed how the pandemic and its rivalry with Microsoft put pressure on its growth. Compared to other remote work beneficiaries like Zoom, Slack’s numbers have been underwhelming to many observers.
  5. Apple is holding a big event this month where it may unveil the iPhone 12, new Apple Watches, and more. The new iPhone is expected to represent a notable overhaul, bringing 5G connectivity, a fresh design, new size options, and better performance.
  6. US fintech Melio has raised $144 million and says its payments volume surged 700% during the pandemic. Melio targets the B2B market by offering small businesses an easy-to-use tool for paying suppliers and controlling cash flow.
  7. Reed Hastings says Netflix offices won’t reopen until ‘a majority of people’ are vaccinated. “Not being able to get together in person, particularly internationally, is a pure negative,” he told the Wall Street Journal.
  8. Uber said all of its rides will be in electric vehicles by 2040 and it’s spending $800 million to help drivers switch. Some of the costs will be be partially offset by an additional small fee charged to customers who request a “green trip.”
  9. A Volkswagen executive said it will sell more electric cars than Tesla by 2023. Bernd Osterloh, the head of VW’s works council, says the company will sell more electric vehicles than Tesla by 2023 thanks to its modular electric drive platform.
  10. One of Europe’s most bullish software investors raised $400 million for the post-pandemic future. London-based Dawn Capital has had a number of unicorn hits in its portfolio, such as email security startup Mimecast and payments firm iZettle.

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  1. Oracle has reportedly entered the race to buy TikTok’s US operations, competing with rival Microsoft for the viral app as Trump’s deadline looms. The Financial Times reported Oracle has been working with US investors, including General Atlantic and Sequoia Capital, who own a stake in TikTok already.
  2. Epic Games has filed a temporary restraining order against Apple with the intention of getting “Fortnite” back on Apple’s App Store. If granted by a judge, the restraining order would legally stop Apple from “removing, de-listing, refusing to list or otherwise making unavailable the app ‘Fortnite,’ including any update thereof.”
  3. A British school student threatened to sue the UK government over an algorithm that was used to determine final grades after national exams were cancelled due to the pandemic. The algorithm has been widely criticized for hurting bright students at disadvantaged schools, costing them life-changing places at top colleges.
  4. Facebook ‘actively promotes’ Holocaust denial content to certain users, a new study has found. Facebook’s search algorithm was found to “actively promote” Holocaust denial content to users who had previously interacted with similar content.  
  5. Amazon is considering buying a minority stake in Rackspace in a deal that would strengthen the ties between the two firms, sources say. Rackspace helps companies migrate their data to Amazon Web Services, and the investment would strengthen the ties between the two companies.
  6. An open letter from Google warning that new Australian regulation would damage YouTube and Google Search in the country contains “misinformation,” according to the country’s competition watchdog. The draft regulation would force Facebook and Google to pay news publishers for their content.
  7. Europe’s hot challenger banks Monzo, Starling Bank, and Revolut all posted ballooning losses for 2019, raising questions about their long-term viability. The additional challenge of COVID-19 may make the prospect of profitability even more remote, even after the trio have raised a collective $1.9 billion from investors.
  8. Quibi CEO Meg Whitman will speak at the Democratic National Convention Monday night, the DNC announced. Whitman previously ran for governor of California as a Republican and she is one of several current and former Republicans who oppose Trump billed to speak at the DNC.
  9. Russian billionaire and former Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is quietly backing a virtual reality startup trying to rival Facebook with a multiplayer world. The former Brooklyn Nets owner said he expected “explosive growth” in the virtual reality market over the next decade.
  10. A college student made a fake blog post using an AI text generator and it was upvoted to the top of Hacker News by people who thought it was real. University of California, Berkeley student Liam Porr created several blog posts using OpenAI’s GPT-3 text generator and several people subscribed to his account, believing he wrote the posts himself.

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  1. Facebook will prohibit all new political ads in the week before the November 3 US presidential election, as part of a wide range of measures the company is billing as an attempt to prevent misinformation and voter suppression. CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Thursday that he feared civil unrest as the election is finalized in November.
  2. The Trump campaign claimed Facebook’s new election policies meant the president “would be silenced by the Silicon Valley mafia.” Deputy spokeswoman Samantha Zager said: “In the last seven days of the most important election in our history, President Trump will be banned from defending himself on the largest platform in America.”
  3. Beijing has successfully set roadblocks into the acquisition talks between TikTok and various prospective American buyers according to multiple reports from Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg. China’s introduction of new export controls may give it veto power over any deal, and has slowed talks between TikTok’s parent firm ByteDance and prospective buyers.
  4. Facebook claimed it removed en event encouraging violence against protesters in Kenosha, but a new BuzzFeed report reveals the event was actually removed by the its own organizers. That revelation contradicts Zuckerberg’s remarks to Facebook staff, when he said Facebook should have removed the Kenosha Guard event sooner but failed to do so due to an “operational mistake.”
  5. The Department of Justice is planning to file antitrust charges against Google as soon as this month, The New York Times reported Thursday.
  6. The Indian government has blocked 118 more Chinese apps, including Tencent-published video game “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” internet search engine Baidu, and Alibaba’s payment app Alipay. India banned 59 Chinese apps in June, including TikTok, after its forces clashed with Chinese troops on the nations’ Himalayan border.
  7. Brad Porter, Amazon’s VP of robotics, wanted the pay range for his position to increase before he left for Scale AI, according to people familiar with the matter. While other factors, like the allure of working for a richly valued startup and moving back to the Bay Area where his family lives, were important motivators, Porter’s failure to adjust his compensation structure at Amazon also played a role in his departure, these people said.
  8. Airbnb’s Brian Chesky told Business Insider that nothing about being a public company CEO will be as tough as seeing revenue plunge 80% in 8 weeks. The experience “toughened us up … And I think we’re ready for whatever kind of challenge and opportunities come our way,” Chesky told Business Insider in an interview.
  9. Facebook has banned a right-wing politician in India with a history of Islamophobic comments for violating its rules on promoting violence and hate. The politician, T Raja Singh, is a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party, the BJP.
  10. Israeli ‘no code’ startup Anima has raised $2.5 million in a seed funding round backed by Hetz Ventures. The firm was cofounded in 2016 by Or Arbel, who previously set up Yo – the app that only let you send the word “Yo” to your contacts. 

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  1. TikTok is hiring hundreds more US staff in a show of confidence against Trump. Many of the listings involve the company’s trust-and-safety team, which has been tasked with proving the app does not harvest or handle data differently from other platforms.
  2. An anti-vaxxer group is suing Facebook for putting fact-checking labels on anti-vaccine posts. The complaint accuses Facebook of violating the First Amendment — a law that only applies to government entities and not private companies.
  3. Alphabet’s Wing named a new head of operations as the drone-delivery company looks to expand its global reach. David Kunst will oversee “a further expansion of our global operations and the use cases we can support,” a Wing spokesperson said.
  4. Experts say Oracle’s reported interest in buying TikTok could be a ploy to drive up the price for the popular video app, which rival Microsoft is looking to acquire. Buying a popular consumer brand doesn’t make sense for an enterprise powerhouse like Oracle, analysts say.
  5. Uber and Lyft are considering franchise models to avoid shutdowns in California. Uber and Lyft are considering a gig-work model that harkens to the days of livery cab fleets. 
  6. Amazon is investing $1.4 billion to expand into 6 cities outside of Seattle. The move could allow Amazon to expand its talent pool and potentially adjust salaries down in more affordable cities.
  7. Netflix has canceled ‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’ as it continues to struggle with topical talk shows. The streaming giant has struggled with the talk show genre, having previously canceled shows like “Chelsea,” “The Break with Michelle Wolf,” and “The Joel McHale Show” after one or two seasons. 
  8. Oculus will require people to log in through Facebook before they can use its VR devices. The move comes as Facebook remains subject to a congressional antitrust probe investigating the firm and other tech giants over anticompetitive business practices.
  9. Elon Musk has tripled his wealth during the pandemic, joining a list of 12 Americans collectively worth more than $1 trillion. Musk’s wealth climbed another $8 billion Monday as Tesla stock soared to an all-time high, making him the fourth wealthiest person in the world.
  10. Carnival says ransomware hackers were able to access personal data of cruise ship guests and workers. The cruise operator said it had launched an investigation into a ransomware attack on one of its brand’s IT systems.

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  1. Facebook announced on Tuesday it had uncovered an operation on its site linked to Russian’s Internet Research Agency, which interfered in the 2016 US election to help elect President Donald Trump. The target audience of the operation, called Peace Data, was “Democratic Socialists, environmentalists, and disgruntled Democrats,” according to an analysis by the social media experts at Graphika.
  2. Amazon contract drivers are hanging smartphones in trees outside Whole Foods stores and delivery stations to more quickly grab new online orders, according to a new Bloomberg report. Amazon’s system chooses drivers based on who is closest to the pickup location — meaning drivers with access to phones even slightly closer to the stores and delivery stations have a leg up on accepting orders before competing drivers.
  3. A fourth suspect is being investigated on suspicion of being involved in last month’s massive Twitter hack that hijacked dozens of high-profile accounts. According to The New York Times, federal authorities are looking into a 16-year-old in Massachusetts who sources claimed may have played a key, if not leading role in the hack, though he has not yet been charged.
  4. Amazon posted — and then deleted — a job listing for an ‘intelligence analyst’ to monitor workers’ efforts to unionize. The analyst’s job duties would also include gathering information for use in Amazon’s legal actions, including restraining orders against labor groups, according to the now-deleted listing. 
  5. Facebook has threatened to block Australians from sharing news content on its platforms if the government’s proposed media bargaining code goes ahead. The code would set out standards for big tech platforms like Facebook to pay news publishers for displaying their content.
  6. Facebook is warning it can remove any content that might put it at regulatory or legal risk. Facebook has started issuing a warning to users that from October 1 it will reserve the right to take down content if it thinks it necessary to “avoid or mitigate adverse legal or regulatory impacts to Facebook.”
  7. Five incredible charts show Zoom’s meteoric rise in the past year — including a 355% revenue boost — as the pandemic has turned it into a household name. Zoom is now halfway through its fiscal year, and its first two quarterly reports revealed what analysts described as “historic” growth, as it soared past analyst expectations.
  8. Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be available for preorder starting September 2, and will cost $2,000. The company’s second-generation flagship foldable smartphone features several upgrades over the previous version, including an improved screen and hinge system.
  9. Apple is said to be manufacturing about 75 million new iPhones in 2020, according to a new Bloomberg report — about the same amount the company made in previous years. Apple is expected to launch four new models of the iPhone this year, all with 5G connectivity: the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
  10. Netflix announced on Tuesday that it is developing a series based on the sci-fi “Three-Body Problem” book trilogy by the Chinese author Liu Cixin. The former “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are writing and executive producing along with Alexander Woo, who recently executive produced AMC’s “The Terror: Infamy.”

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  1. The CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are set to testify before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing. The CEOs, who will likely appear remotely over video, will have to defend the growing power of their tech companies to skeptical lawmakers.
  2. Amazon posted CEO Jeff Bezos’ prepared testimony Tuesday on its blog ahead of his appearance at the historic Congressional tech antitrust hearing on Wednesday. Bezos plans to argue that Amazon’s size benefits consumers, sellers, and the economy, and that it faces plenty of competition from rivals including Walmart, Instacart, and Shopify.
  3. Google is laying a giant new undersea internet cable stretching from New York to the UK and Spain. The Grace Hopper cable, named after the famous US computer scientist, will connect New York to Bude in the UK and Bilbao, Spain.
  4. Money transfer unicorn TransferWise is now worth $5 billion after some employees and early investors cashed out. The new valuation maintains the company’s position as one of Europe’s most valuable fintech startups and the secondary trade serves to diversify its funding pool.

  5. Facebook and Instagram removed the accounts of British rapper Wiley after he posted a series of anti-Semitic posts, CityAM reported. The deletion came after a number of celebrities staged a virtual 48-hour walkout from Twitter over its refusal to ban Wiley from its platform.
  6. Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday that Tesla would consider licensing its self-driving software and supplying battery technology to other automakers. Musk’s comments came in response to a blog post about German automakers looking to close the technological gap between them and Tesla.
  7. Microsoft paid at least $270 million in stock for telecom software company Metaswitch Networks, filing shows. The acquisition comes just months after Microsoft likely paid more than $1 billion for 5G software company Affirmed Networks.
  8. Trump retweeted complaints of censorship after Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter take down a video of doctors pushing hydroxychloroquine. Trump has again accused social media companies of censorship after the removal of videos touting hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus cure.
  9. Wearing a face mask makes it harder for facial recognition algorithms to see you, according to a new government study. The study was carried out with the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection, both of which use facial recognition technology.
  10. A massive leak of confidential Nintendo information confirmed a decades-old conspiracy theory involving ‘Super Mario 64’ and Luigi. One of the most prominent ones was just proven to be true: Despite not appearing in the game, Mario’s brother and partner-in-heroism, Luigi, is apparently buried within the game’s code.

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  1. UK officials have reportedly told Huawei its 5G ban could be revisited if Trump loses the 2020 election. UK officials told Huawei that the decision to ban it from the 5G network was partly geopolitical, and could be reversed, The Observer reported.
  2. Facebook is slowing its donations to US politicians, even as a hotly contested presidential election approaches. The social media company is on track to spend significantly less via its political action committee in 2020 than it did in either 2016 or 2018 — despite tripling revenues since 2016.
  3. Employees working at Google-owned health firm Verily have described the extreme pressure to create a nationwide COVID-19 testing service, after President Trump announced the service unexpectedly in March. When the project, nicknamed Code Red, started, some employees said they were thrown into an extremely stressful period of feeling pressured to work around-the-clock to scale the company’s COVID-19 programs.
  4. Uber drivers are suing the company requesting access to personal data held on them. Drivers are concerned that information about late arrivals, cancellations, and complaints about attitude and inappropriate behaviour from customers is counted against them.
  5. Microsoft president Brad Smith has spoken to the United States House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee ahead of an antitrust hearing on big tech, according to The Information. Smith reportedly discussed Apple’s approvals process for the App Store.
  6. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg denied speculation that he and President Donald Trump have some sort of deal over how Facebook manages the president’s posts, calling the allegations “ridiculous.” “I’ve heard this speculation, too, so let me be clear: There’s no deal of any kind,” Zuckerberg told Axios.
  7. Chinese fintech giant Ant Group is preparing a dual public offering in Shanghai and Hong Kong, the company announced Monday. Ant is the parent company of Alipay, and was founded by billionaire Alibaba cofounder Jack Ma.
  8. IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said the company has decided not to offer a new financial guidance for 2020 due to the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic.Krishna said economic recovery was looking longer and more protracted than the firm previously thought.

  9. Crypto exchange site Coinbase said it saved almost $280,000, or 30.4 bitcoin, from transferring to the attackers that orchestrated last week’s hack on Twitter. The company said just 14 users sent a total of $3,000 to the hackers before Coinbase blacklisted the scam address.
  10. People are spending more time on TikTok daily in the US than on Instagram. Q2 data from financial services firm Cowen showed people who used TikTok were spending an average of 41 minutes daily on the app, while Instagram users were spending 33 minutes on that app.

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  1. Twitter has said up to 8 accounts had all their data downloaded during its giant hack. Twitter said in total 130 accounts were targeted of which 45 had their passwords reset and tweets sent by the hackers.
  2. A hacker forum obsessed with super-short ‘OG’ handles was selling Twitter account access for $3,000 days before the giant hack. Executives at two cybersecurity firms told Reuters Wednesday’s hack didn’t appear to be particularly sophisticated.
  3. UK government officials have been warned not to take meetings with smart speakers in the room. “I was effectively told to put mine in the bin,” one civil servant told Business Insider. 
  4. TikTok has abandoned plans for a UK headquarters, in part thanks to increasing UK-China tensions with China. According to The Guardian, the UK’s recent ban on Huawei 5G kit was seen as a factor.
  5. The FTC may depose Facebook bosses Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg in its antitrust investigation into Facebook. The FTC is looking into whether Facebook has acted anti-competitively — and it may seek to speak to Facebook’s top two executives.
  6. Microsoft is giving retail employees until July 26 to meet certain conditions to keep their jobs, find new roles, or resign, sources say. With Microsoft closing its retail stores, the company announced plans to move store employees into remote support roles and said there would be no layoffs as a result of the decision.
  7. Google will block ads from appearing on sites that spread coronavirus conspiracy theories. Google will prohibit sites from running ads on “dangerous content” that goes against scientific consensus during the coronavirus pandemic.
  8. Netflix shed $19 billion in market value on Friday with an earnings miss and disappointing subscriber-growth forecast. The video-streaming giant’s stock slumped as much as 8% even though it added 10 million subscribers last quarter.
  9. Cloud robotics and AI startup CloudMinds has ditched plans to go public in the US and has returned to China, as the trade war impacted its business, according to the South China Morning Post. CloudMinds was founded by Chinese-born engineer Bill Huang.
  10. Scientists successfully put tiny GoPro-style wireless cameras on beetles, and it’s paving the way for miniature robots. Researcher Vikram Iyer told Business Insider the beetlecam is an important step forward for developing wireless camera technology.

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  1. Amazon invested in startups and gained proprietary information before launching competitors, often crushing the smaller companies in the process, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Journal spoke with startups who said Amazon made similar hardware and software products after purchasing stakes in the companies.
  2. Former Wirecard COO and fugitive Jan Marsalek appears to have deep ties to Russian intelligence, sources told Insider. “There’s a million reasons [for the Russians] to get involved with Wirecard,” a Dutch official told Insider. “Russian officials always need to move money to the West, and Wirecard was raising lots of money but not as much as they told investors.
  3. Intel’s shares tanked 10% late Thursday after the chip giant announced that production problems have delayed the rollout of its next generation chips. Intel CEO Bob Swan said the company found “a defect mode” in its manufacturing process which will push back its production schedule.
  4. Facebook has undergone considerable internal strife, as its employees reckon with the firm’s stance on refusing to remove posts from politicians containing lies or threats of violence, according to BuzzFeed. One engineer who left on July 1 posted in an internal goodbye note that he thought “Facebook is hurting people at scale.”
  5. Trump ads on Facebook claiming ‘TikTok is spying on you’ reached up to 5 million Americans and targeted younger voters. In the five days between July 17 and July 21, accounts tied to Donald Trump’s campaign posted 450 separate adverts on Facebook and Instagram lambasting TikTok for spying on users and siphoning data to China.
  6. Tesla stock rose on Thursday after the company made a profit for the fourth quarter in a row. Elon Musk’s electric-car company reported $104 million in net income, a big improvement from its $408 million loss in the second quarter of 2019.
  7. Twitter shares spiked as much as 5.8% on Thursday after the social network reported record growth in daily active users in the second quarter. The company added 20 million users in the period, fueling a 34% year-on-year increase in its userbase to 186 million.
  8. The UK is hoping its next $50 billion tech success story after fintech will be law. London is home to 44% of Europe’s law startups and the city has been flagged by The Law Society as one of 10 emerging “lawtech” ecosystems.
  9. Analytics startup Quantexa has $65 million in a Series C funding round led by Evolution Equity Partners – and backed by HSBC and Accenture. With hundreds of clients in more than 70 countries, including HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank, Quantexa uses the advancements in big data and AI to uncover hidden risk and opportunities across financial crime, credit risk, and fraud. 
  10. Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has filed a complaint against YouTube over an ongoing bitcoin scam using his image and likeness as well as those of other tech executives. The lawsuit comes after several high-profile executives, celebrities, and politicians had their accounts taken over as part of a bitcoin scam on Twitter.

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  1. The FBI is leading an inquiry into the colossal Twitter hack that impacted high-profile accounts on Wednesday. The hackers posted tweets through the hijacked accounts asking people to donate Bitcoin to cryptocurrency addresses. 
  2. Cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs thinks the hack may have been carried out by a 21-year-old SIM-swapper who has ties to the hacking group that hijacked Jack Dorsey’s account in August last year. The hacker is known as PlugWalkJoe, and a mobile industry security source told Krebs his real name is Joseph James Connor.
  3. Russian hackers linked to the Kremlin targeted coronavirus vaccine research facilities in the US, the UK, and Canada, UK security officials announced on Thursday. The hacking group — known as APT29, Cozy Bear, or the Dukes — has previously been linked to various cyberattacks, including the hacking of the Democratic National Committee before the 2016 US presidential election.
  4. Mark Zuckerberg called the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19 “really disappointing” in a Facebook interview with Anthony Fauci. “Now that we’re here in July, I just think it was avoidable, and it’s really disappointing that we still don’t have adequate testing,” Zuckerberg said.
  5. European venture capitalists have chosen startups including Benevolent AI, Deep Render, and Darktrace among their 15 AI startups to watch in 2020. AI could contribute a whopping $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030, according to PwC estimates.
  6. Facebook is planning to bring its competitor to TikTok — called Reels — to Instagram users in the US in early August. Reels, which has already debuted in India and other select countries, will live inside of Instagram Stories as an option for sharing short-form video content similar to that on TikTok.
  7. Facebook is adding an information label to all posts about voting from federal officials and political candidates, including the president. The labels point Facebook users to a voting information page, which is currently hosted on USA.gov.
  8. Microsoft quietly cut under 1,000 jobs across its business this week, as it enters its new fiscal year. Earlier this week, Microsoft reportedly cut several roles at MSN.com, its online news portal, as it shifted to an AI-powered algorithmic feed. 
  9. Scooter charging startup Charge has signed a $3.1 million deal for new charging stations as it banks on the summer scooter boom. Charge offers a range of scooter charging options, and was founded by a number of senior executives from scooter unicorn Lime.
  10. Michelle Obama is hosting a new podcast exclusively on Spotify, titled “The Michelle Obama Podcast.” The podcast is scheduled to debut on July 29, and will feature “candid, human, and personal conversations” with a variety of familiar faces.

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  1. Uber confirmed it will buy smaller food delivery firm Postmates in a $2.65 billion all-stock deal. Food delivery has come front and center for Uber since March, when a near complete drop-off in global travel decimated its core taxi business. 
  2. Facebook, Google, and Twitter have all suspended complying with Hong Kong police requests for user data thanks to a new Chinese national security law. Hong Kong citizens previously had free access to the internet, but China has imposed a new law in the city that grants the government more leeway to monitor and crack down on online dissent.
  3. Viral video app TikTok says that it is ceasing operations in Hong Kong. A spokesperson for TikTok told Business Insider that it decided to stop operations in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory “in light of recent events.”
  4. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told Fox News the US is ‘certainly looking into’ banning TikTok over privacy concerns. Pompeo told Fox News that Americans should be wary of using TikTok unless they want their private data “in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
  5. Palantir has confidentially filed for a public listing. The secretive data company announced in a press release Monday that had submitted its S-1 form with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
  6. Venture capital company Spark Capital is a major winner of Uber’s $2.65 billion Postmates acquisition, extending a streak of hits in a gloomy 2020. Spark Capital, an investor in Postmates, Mirror, and other buzzy startups, has seen a number of big acquisitions and valuations in its portfolio.
  7. Disney’s streaming service Disney Plus got a huge boost in app downloads from the ‘Hamilton’ movie. Data suggest that the “Hamilton” movie, which was originally set to hit theaters next year, helped drive mobile app downloads up 74% higher in the US over the weekend, compared with the previous four June weekends.
  8. Prominent direct-to-consumer brands including Casper, Glossier, Harry’s, and Smile Direct Club are continuing to pump money into Facebook and Instagram despite the ad boycott. Direct-to-consumer brands depend on Facebook’s advertising platform to not only market but sell their goods and services.
  9. Internet comparison website HighSpeedInternet.com’s contest could pay you $1,000 if you log 50 hours playing Nintendo’s ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons.’ The contest winner must play between Aug. 16 and Sept. 30, at which point they will be awarded the money.
  10. Tesla CEO Elon Musk started triumphantly selling literal red satin Tesla short shorts to celebrate the firm’s stock climbing. Tesla’s stock rose last week after the company reported second-quarter delivery figures that beat Wall Street’s expectations.

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  1. Facebook removed disinformation accounts it says were linked to Roger Stone, the longtime friend of President Trump. The accounts involved posted about “candidates in the 2016 primaries and general election, and the Roger Stone trial,” Facebook said. 
  2. President Trump has said he’s considering banning TikTok to punish China over the coronavirus. Trump implied a ban on TikTok would be a way of punishing China for the coronavirus, which originated in the city of Wuhan.
  3. The US government is investigating TikTok for failing to change how it collects children’s personal information following last year’s $5.7 million privacy fine. In 2019, the viral video-sharing app TikTok agreed to pay a $5.7 million fine to the Federal Trade Commission to settle allegations it was illegally collecting personal information belonging to users who are children.
  4. Google has abandoned plans for a cloud service in China after the COVID-19 pandemic aggravated political tensions with the US. The project, known as “Isolated Region,” would have allowed Google to strike up partnerships with local companies and government agencies in the country. It would also let countries control data inside their borders.
  5. An EU court will rule next week on an appeal by Apple and Ireland against a ruling that would force the company to pay 13 billion euros ($16 billion) in back taxes. Europe’s competition watchdog said in 2016 that Apple would have to pay the money.
  6. New records show Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have thousands of previously unreported military and law enforcement contracts. Microsoft has more than 5,000 previously unreported subcontracts with the Department of Defense and federal law enforcement while Amazon and Google each have hundreds of similar subcontracts, records show.
  7. Websites that spread false information and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 could make millions in ad revenue this year, according to a new study. The bulk of the ad revenue comes from Google’s ad platform, along with other tech companies including Amazon and OpenX. 
  8. Facebook’s refusal to fact-check or moderate politicians like President Trump is its biggest civil rights issue, according to a new internal audit. The audit’s authors expressed “grave concerns that the combination of the company’s decision to exempt politicians from fact-checking and the precedents set by its recent decisions on President Trump’s posts, leaves the door open for the platform to be used by other politicians to interfere with voting.”
  9. A ‘staggering’ failure to adopt basic security habits led to 70% of companies storing data with Amazon, Microsoft, or other big cloud vendors getting hacked or exposing data last year, researchers say. Seventy percent of companies using cloud computing vendors get hacked or leak data, Sophos found, often due to basic security lapses.
  10. Kanye West has said Tesla CEO Elon Musk is advising him on his 2020 presidential bid and they’ve been talking about it for years. In an interview with Forbes, the singer said Musk is one of only two people currently advising him on his presidential bid — the other being his wife Kim Kardashian West.

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  1. Amazon sent an email to employees telling them to delete TikTok from their phones because of “security risks,” then said the email was sent in error. TikTok’s data-collection practices have come under scrutiny from US lawmakers. 
  2. Facebook is reportedly considering a “blackout” on political ads in the days running up to the US presidential election. Facebook hasn’t officially decided whether it will introduce the ban and it’s not yet clear how long it might last, per Bloomberg.
  3. President Trump told the Washington Post he authorized a cyberattack on a notorious Russian troll farm to try to deter it from interfering with the 2018 mid-terms. This is the first time Trump or the White House has confirmed the operation took place.
  4. Three more executives are leaving French gaming company Ubisoft over allegations of sexual harassment, The Guardian reports. This brings the total of departed executives up to five after employees started detailing allegations of sexual misconduct on social media.
  5. Microsoft founder Bill Gates said COVID-19 drugs and vaccines should not go “to the highest bidder” at a virtual conference, Reuters reports. “One of the best lessons in the fight against HIV/AIDS is the importance of building this large, fair global distribution system to get the drugs out to everyone,” Gates said at the conference, which was hosted by the International AIDS Society.
  6. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says ride-hailing will make up only 50% of the company’s business moving forward. The coronavirus pandemic has decimated Uber’s core ride-hailing business, with trips plummeting as much as 94% earlier this year and the company losing $2.9 billion last quarter.
  7. The new CEO of Intercom, a $1.3 billion startup backed by Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, says she’ll lead the company to profitability and an IPO in a ‘few years.’ In June, the former CIO of $1.3 billion customer messaging startup Intercom — Karen Peacock — took the role of CEO, replacing cofounder Eoghan McCabe. 
  8. Tesla slashed the price of its Model Y by $3,000 on Saturday, Electrek reported. The cheapest version of the Model Y has now been reduced to $49,990.
  9. Tesla confirmed its annual meeting and highly anticipated “battery day” will be held in-person on September 22 at its Fremont factory. Both events have previously been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic that’s also forced shutdowns of Tesla’s factories in California and China.
  10. A document published by TikTok’s parent company ByteDance says its sister app Douyin uses facial recognition to keep foreigners out, The Telegraph reports. The system described in the document scans users’ faces and matches them with state ID cards, automatically booting out foreigners.

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  1. Mark Zuckerberg reportedly said Facebook is ‘not gonna change’ its policies on policing hate speech, in response to a boycott by more than 500 advertisers over the company’s hate speech policies. Major brands like Coca-Cola, Ford, Starbucks, and Verizon have joined the boycott.
  2. Apple is re-closing 30 more stores in the US as coronavirus cases have spiked across the country. Apple will be re-closing stores in Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, and Oklahoma.
  3. Facebook and Google may be forced to share their data with rivals, as the UK seeks to check their power. The UK’s competition regulator has recommended closer scrutiny of the two platforms, noting their ‘unassailable’ market positions in digital advertising.
  4. A team of advocacy groups is urging antitrust regulators around the world to take a hard look at the Google-Fitbit merger, saying the deal ‘is not in the interest of citizens’. A letter signed by 20 consumer and citizen advocacy groups is asking regulators to closely scrutinize Google’s proposed acquisition of Fitbit.
  5. SoftBank-backed insurance startup Lemonade has reportedly raised $319 million in its IPO. Lemonade priced 11 million shares at $29 per share, according to a source.
  6. Apple CEO Tim Cook has agreed to testify in House antitrust investigation. Cook’s acceptance makes him the last of the four major tech CEOs to signal their intent to testify to the House’s Judiciary Committee antitrust probe, Apple Insider reported. 
  7. Palmer Luckey’s military contracting startup Anduril is now worth $1.9 billion. Anduril, founded by Luckey, nearly doubled its valuation with a $200 million round of funding, which it plans to invest in developing its surveillance tech. 
  8. The feds are reportedly looking into Tesla’s Model S battery cooling system. The Los Angeles Times reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into Tesla’s Model S battery cooling system.
  9. MIT is taking its highly cited dataset that trained AI systems to potentially describe people using racist, misogynistic, and other problematic terms offline. The Register suggested that the university’s training set would be removed following its reporting. 
  10. NDAs in tech are causing a wall of silence which prevents racial progress at companies. Protocol reported that former tech employees had experienced racism and discrimination in the workplace but didn’t speak out for fear of legal retribution from employers.
  11. The UK House of Lords Gambling Committee says video game loot boxes should be regulated under gambling laws. “If a product looks like gambling and feels like gambling, it should be regulated as gambling,” their report says, per the BBC. 

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  1. Civil rights groups called their meeting with Facebook execs a ‘disappointment’ and said the company isn’t ready to address the platform’s ‘vitriolic hate.’ Facebook executives Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and Chris Cox “showed up to the meeting expecting an A for attendance,” according to the groups.
  2. Apple is ‘assessing’ the human rights impact of Hong Kong’s new national security law, but has not paused data requests from local police. An Apple spokesperson told Bloomberg that it was up to the US Department of Justice to block requests that might infringe on human rights, under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties.
  3. Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Sundar Pichai are set to appear before Congress on July 27 in an antitrust hearing. Congress’s investigation is one of several federal antitrust probes into Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon. 
  4. Magic Leap has announced that Microsoft executive Peggy Johnson will join the company as CEO, replacing Rony Abovitz. Johnson, who will start work in August, has served as Microsoft’s vice president of business development since 2014.
  5. Amazon has put a 15-year company veteran who most recently ran the Prime program in charge of its new COVID-19 testing project, codenamed ‘Ultraviolet’. Cem Sibay is a trusted exec with a proven track record in the Prime business — but no healthcare background. 
  6. Facebook is publishing the results of a two-year civil-rights audit on Wednesday. But Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said Tuesday that not every change it recommended would be carried out.

  7. Apple and T-Mobile are being hit with a class action lawsuit over a security flaw that exposed iMessages and FaceTime calls. Apple and T-Mobile are facing a complaint over an issue that caused Apple IDs to stay tethered to old SIM cards, exposing FaceTime and iMessage chats. 
  8. London-based fintech startup Wagestream has raised $25 million during the COVID-19 pandemic, while its CEO worked out of a garden shed. Wagestream lets employees draw down their wages early in exchange for a flat fee.
  9. Post-quantum security startup PQShield has raised $7 million to protect against future quantum attacks. Experts predict the post-quantum cryptography market will be worth $3.8 billion by 2028. 
  10. Will-writing startup Farewill has raised $25 million to help people write their will online. The UK-based startup says it has seen an increase in demand during the pandemic.

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  1. Verizon has joined the Facebook ad boycott, making it the biggest advertiser to do so thus far, CNBC reports. The ADL published an open letter on Thursday in which it mentioned it found a Verizon ad next to an anti-Semitic video.
  2. Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill that would ban the use of facial recognition technology by federal law enforcement. Democratic Sens. Ed Markey and Jeff Merkeley and Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Pramila Jayapal introduced the bill Thursday.

  3. Amazon purchased the naming rights to a Seattle sports arena, renaming it “Climate Pledge Arena.” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced on Instagram Thursday that the company chose not to name it Amazon Arena so that the name would serve “as a regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action.”
  4. Apple is launching a new Safari feature that will show users a list of the advertising trackers attempting to follow them around the web. The feature is part of Apple’s software updates coming to Macs, iPhones, and iPads in the fall.
  5. Top Trump officials and Republicans are encouraging followers to migrate to Parler, an alternative social network beloved by far-right agitators kicked off Facebook and Twitter. Parler, similar to social networks like Gab and MeWe, has advertised itself as a haven for free speech and protector of user rights.
  6. SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son is stepping down from Alibaba’s board as he focuses on shoring up SoftBank’s shaky finances. Son was one of Alibaba’s earliest backers, making a $20 million investment in the company two decades ago that was worth $60 billion by 2014.
  7. Sidewalk Labs laid off half of its Toronto employees after the Alphabet moonshot abandoned plans for a $900 million smart city. “Sidewalk Labs remains committed to reimagining cities for the future and tackling big urban problems,” a spokesperson told Business Insider.
  8. Amazon is launching a new service called Honeycode that enables AWS customers to build apps for their business without any coding experience. Honeycode is designed for businesses that need apps for tasks like event scheduling and inventory management, and Slack is one of its first users.
  9. The Information reports Amazon has agreed to buy self-driving car startup Zoox for $1 billion. The deal could be announced as early as today, according to The Information.
  10. Facebook will now warn users if they’re sharing an old news story with a pop-up, TechCrunch reports. The pop-up will appear if you try to share a story older than 90 days.

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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

  1. The Washington Post reports that as far back as 2015 Facebook started altering its policies to accommodate Donald Trump. The Post’s report relies on information from a dozen former and current employees plus previously unreported documents.
  2. Facebook shares sank 7% on Friday after Coca Cola announced it was pausing all social media advertising. The stock plummet wiped $7 billion off CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth.
  3. Starbucks has also said it’s stopping advertising on social media platforms, CNBC reports The coffee shop chain will continue to advertise on YouTube however.
  4. Unilever is halting ads on Facebook and Twitter in the US for the rest of 2020. “There is much more to be done, especially in the areas of divisiveness and hate speech during this polarized election period in the US,” Unilever said in a statement.
  5. One of the organizers of the Facebook ad boycott “Stop Hate for Profit” told Reuters they want to take the campaign global, focusing on Europe next. Jim Steyer from nonprofit Common Sense said the campaign is urging big global companies like Honda to pull their advertising.
  6. As the ad boycotts over hate speech on social media snowballed, Donald Trump retweeted a video on Sunday which showed an apparent supporter repeating the words “white power.” The tweet was deleted a few hours later, and a spokesman said the president had not heard the chant of “white power.”
  7. Facebook announced on Friday it’s banning ads which claim people from a specific race, ethnicity, nationality, caste, gender, sexual orientation or immigration origin are a threat, CNBC reports. “I […] stand against hate or anything that incites violence or suppresses voting, and we’re committed to removing that content too, no matter where it comes from,” said Mark Zuckerberg.
  8. The EU’s space chief told Reuters Europe is accelerating its spaceflight programs because of competition from SpaceX and China. The EU has signed a 1 billion euro deal with satellite launch company Arianespace to speed up its spaceflight ambitions.
  9. Singapore has started distributing physical devices for tracking and tracing the coronavirus, the BBC reports. The bluetooth-enabled “tokens” are being handed out to elderly and vulnerable people first.
  10. A group of young techies revealed themselves as being behind “It Is What It Is,” a mysterious meme that succeeded in getting Tech Twitter to donate to Black Lives Matter charities and clamor for invites to an app that doesn’t exist. According to team member Regynald Augustin, “It Is What It Is” has raised more than $200,000 for charities supporting Black trans people and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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  1. Facebook has banned hundreds of groups and accounts linked to the far-right boogaloo movement. The social media giant said it removed 220 Facebook accounts, 95 Instagram accounts, 28 pages, and 106 groups linked to the boogaloo network it identified from its platform.
  2. The Federal Communications Commission has designated the Chinese telecommunications firms Huawei and ZTE as national security threats. The New York Times reported that the move cuts off the two firms from millions in broadband subsidies.
  3. Alphabet’s healthcare unit Verily has suspended bonuses mid-pandemic to fund diversity programs instead, frustrating employees, according to a memo obtained by Business Insider. Employees wrote in a letter to the company that the decision “implies that these efforts are charity causes not worthy of their own investment.”
  4. SAP has said it will suspend advertisements on Facebook and Instagram as it endorsed the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign against the social network. The company said it would suspend all paid ads until Facebook signaled “a significant, action-driven commitment to combating the spread of hate speech and racism on its platforms.”
  5. Google has confirmed it will buy smart glasses maker North, in a move that hints at higher ambition in augmented reality tech. The price of the deal is unknown, although a previous report claimed Google was buying the company for $180 million. 
  6. The UK is set to finally legalize electric scooter rentals from Saturday as it tries to avoid floods of people on public transport. The UK Department for Transport (DfT) will this week publish its legal framework for allowing pilots of e-scooter rental schemes to get underway.
  7. Europe’s $1.9 billion ride-hailing unicorn Bolt is rolling out electric bikes just weeks after Uber flamed out of the market. Bolt’s e-bike launch follows Uber pulling out of the scooter and bike-sharing market with the sale of its Jump business to Lime in May.
  8. Facial-recognition software fails to correctly identify people ‘96% of the time,’ according to Detroit’s police chief. Police around the US use facial-recognition software, though several major cities have banned its use.
  9. A Bay Area politician is pushing to rename the Zuckerberg San Francisco Hospital as anger swirls around Facebook’s lax hate speech policies. In 2015, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan donated $75 million to the hospital, which renamed itself in their honor.
  10. A Tesla on Autopilot slammed into a police car, according to a new report — and now the driver is facing criminal charges. A Tesla slammed into a police cruiser during a traffic stop in Massachusetts in December 2019 but the driver could now face negligence charges. 

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  1. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the controversial decision not to take any action on a post from President Trump that apparently threatened the Minneapolis protesters with violence. Zuckerberg said Facebook’s role was to “enable as much expression as possible.”
  2. Unlike Facebook, Twitter slapped a warning label on the post from Trump that stated “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Twitter placed a click-through block on the tweet, saying that it was “glorifying violence.”
  3. Leaked emails obtained by The Verge show considerable dissent among Facebook employees over whether the platform should remove Trump’s post. One employee wrote that “history will not judge us kindly.”
  4. SpaceX on Saturday successfully launched into orbit its first human passengers: NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. On Sunday morning, the astronauts caught up to the International Space Station inside their Endeavour spaceship and docked it there.
  5. SpaceX’s Elon Musk said he was “overcome with emotion” after after the successful astronaut launch. Though his adrenaline was at “100%” during the first launch attempt on Wednesday, the SpaceX CEO said he didn’t feel nervous at all this weekend.
  6. Amazon-owned Whole Foods fired a worker who had been tracking COVID-19 cases across the grocery chain’s stores. The worker said Whole Foods accused her of “time theft” after she took a break to recover from a panic attack, but she suspects she was actually fired for “dissent,” according to Vice
  7. Google has rescinded thousands of job offers to temporary and contract workers, as the company continues to feel the sting of the pandemic. According to The New York Times, Google is seeing its advertising business hit hard by the pandemic.
  8. Senators want an investigation into TikTok’s privacy practices after it allegedly broke its promise to delete videos posted by young kids. In a letter sent Friday, the four senators cited a report from leading child advocacy groups claiming TikTok failed to take down videos posted by children under 13, as it had promised to do in a 2019 consent decree.
  9. An Irish drone company has been making deliveries of prescription medication, cake, and pizza to the remote Irish village of Moneygall during the pandemic. The company, called Manna, has been designated an essential service by Ireland’s health service and is serving a population of around 1,000 people.
  10. A former Googler has raised $2.1 million for his augmented reality marketplace startup Poplar in the midst of the pandemic. Founder David Ripert began raising in January, but closed the round in May despite a general slowdown in investment.

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