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Microsoft's Phil Spencer claims asking studios to make games for Xbox Series X that will also work on Xbox One at launch won't hinder the potential of Series X (Christopher Dring/GamesIndustry.biz)

Linux team approves new terminology to replace terms like "master/slave" and "blacklist/whitelist" for new Linux kernel source code and associated documentation (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Signal's new feature that allows users to store certain data on their servers for recovery purposes has some security experts threatening to stop using the app (Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai/VICE)

Pinterest's moderation approach, which blocks content at the search query level, rather than removing it entirely, lets some objectionable content remain (Sarah Emerson/OneZero)

China-based Kuaidian, a storytelling app that lets users read novels in text message format and watch visual dramas, raises ~$100M Series C led by Sequoia China (Song Jingli/KrASIA)

Clubhouse is the latest social network to neglect moderation until it becomes a crisis and why its creators shouldn't treat trust and safety as an afterthought (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Pupils and teachers question the new grading algorithm used by the IB Diploma Programme to predict student scores after it canceled in-person tests this spring (Tom Simonite/Wired)

Microsoft details how it is collaborating with Google to help developers get their Progressive Web Apps into the Play Store (Paul Thurrott/Thurrott)

Yevgeniy Nikulin, a Russian indicted for allegedly hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox in 2012 resulting in ~117M stolen credentials, is found guilty by SF federal jury (Joel Rosenblatt/Bloomberg)

India's Supreme Court rules in favor of allowing summons and legal notices to be served via messaging apps, such as WhatsApp and Telegram, as well as by email (Abhimanyu Sharma/Times Now)

CBP says there is no practical way for Americans to avoid its license plate reader tracking, will use commercial database to pull private and public plate data (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)

Wells Fargo tells employees to remove TikTok from corporate-owned devices due to privacy and security concerns, says devices are only for company business use (The Information)

The App Store's primary purpose should be to steer third-party apps toward excellence; split screen multitasking in Gmail for iPad should't have taken 5 years (John Gruber/Daring Fireball)

Amazon says it will not ask employees to remove TikTok from their mobile devices, and an internal email asking them to delete the app was sent in error (Makena Kelly/The Verge)

Young people, who found an outlet for creative expression in TikTok amid lockdown, say a US ban would be devastating, as some flock to YouTube and Byte (Taylor Lorenz/New York Times)

Sources: Facebook is considering imposing a ban on political ads on its network in the days leading up to the US election in November (Bloomberg)

Biden campaign hires Chris DeRusha, who was a WH senior cybersecurity adviser and held a series of top cybersecurity jobs at DHS and at Ford, as its first CISO (Joseph Marks/Washington Post)

YouTube is finally letting creators know exactly how they're making money on YouTube, using a metric called RPM that shows total revenue, after YouTube's cut (Julia Alexander/The Verge)

Taulia, which facilitates payments between companies and their suppliers, raises $60M from China's Ping An, sources say at a valuation of about $400M (Julie Steinberg/Wall Street Journal)

Sources: Foxconn to invest up to $1B over the next three years in a factory near Chennai in India where it currently assembles iPhone XR (Reuters)

Internal email: Amazon asks its employees to delete TikTok from any devices that "access Amazon email" by Friday, citing "security risks" (New York Times)

Instagram will expand its policies on hate speech worldwide to include posts that advertise or promote conversion therapy (Rob Picheta/CNN)

Rackspace, a cloud services company which went private in 2016 after a $4.3B buyout by Apollo Global, once again files for a US IPO (Bharath Manjesh/Reuters)

Report: Apple is making thousands of semitransparent lenses for its AR headset at a Foxconn factory as part of engineering validation test stage of the product (Eric Slivka/MacRumors)

Google says it will ban stalkerware ads from August 11, but leaves a loophole for stalkerware vendors to get around the ban by posing as "family safety" apps (Graham Cluley)

US is finalizing a federal contract ban for any company that uses products from Chinese companies Huawei, Hikvision, Hytera, Dahua, and ZTE (David Shepardson/Reuters)

France to introduce a controversial nationwide age verification system for pornography websites (Politico)

TikTok, Spotify, Tinder, Pinterest, and many other iOS apps are crashing, probably due to an issue with the Facebook SDK, which apps use to manage user logins (James Vincent/The Verge)

Kuo: Apple Silicon Macs to include 13-inch MacBook Pro this year, MacBook Air this year or Q1 2021, and 14.1-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in 2021 (Tim Hardwick/MacRumors)

A deep look at the rift between some prominent Silicon Valley figures and increasingly critical media, based on the case of Slate Star Codex vs. The NYT (Gideon Lewis-Kraus/New Yorker)

A state appeals court ruled that Bitfinex must face lawsuit claims by New York state that it hid the loss of $800M commingled client and corporate funds (Bloomberg)

The perception of the tech sector as a utility has insulated tech from downturns in the stock market, with investors viewing it as a defensive asset (Bloomberg)

Chicago PD shuts down its arrest API, used by journalists to access arrest data, after Chicago Reporter used it to reveal that CPD had inflated looting claims (Asraa/Chicago Reporter)

Documents show Amazon plans to create at least $100M in stock awards to retain Zoox talent and can abandon deal to acquire Zoox if a majority reject job offers (Reuters)

Facebook audit shows holding Trump to a different standard than other users sets a troubling precedent, valuing free speech above all else impedes civil rights (Vox)

Gartner and IDC see YoY growth in Q2 PC shipments, 2.8% and 11.2% respectively, with both firms seeing the gains as short-term, driven by work-from-home demands (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

As his chairmanship hits its fourth year, Ajit Pai has alienated the auto industry, lawmakers, and Trump allies, with decisions like opening 6GHz for Wi-Fi (John Hendel/Politico)

Amazon announced the general availability of AWS IoT SiteWise, its managed IoT monitoring service for industrial customers, including VW and Bayer (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Sources: DOJ is examining whether Wirecard played a critical role in an alleged $100M bank fraud conspiracy connected to an online marijuana marketplace (Wall Street Journal)

Google says Android 10 reached 100M devices just five months after launch, which is 28% faster than Android Pie (Abner Li/9to5Google)

App Annie: mobile app usage grew 40% YoY globally in Q2, hitting an all-time high of over 200B hours during April, amid stay-at-home measures (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Sources: Dataminr, an official Twitter partner, relayed tweets and other social media posts about BLM protests directly to police, contrary to earlier claims (Sam Biddle/The Intercept)

UK and Australian data privacy offices say they are opening a joint investigation of Clearview AI (Alfred Ng/CNET)

Sony invests $250M in Epic Games, bringing the total raised by the maker of Fortnite to $1.83B (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)

Amid India-China tensions, Zoom fights xenophobic rumors on social media that it is Chinese-owned, scrambling to remind Indian users that it is a US company (Pranav Dixit/BuzzFeed News)

Hands-on with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 as they launch in public beta with a new home screen with widgets on the iPhone, a Scribble feature for Apple Pencil, more (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

Google scrapped a campus security system asking employees to check colleagues' badges, sources say after complaints Black and Latinx workers were singled out (Nico Grant/Bloomberg)

Epic Games releases an iOS app, called Live Link Face, that lets developers record facial expressions directly into the Unreal Engine (Jon Porter/The Verge)

EU court rules that online platforms like YouTube need not hand over to rights holders the email or IP addresses of users who upload pirated content (Andy Maxwell/TorrentFreak)

US Treasury Department says Amazon settled allegations that it violated US sanctions, primarily due to flaws in its automatic screening process, for $135,000 (Mengqi Sun/Wall Street Journal)

Microsoft details Kernel Data Protection, upcoming Windows 10 tech that it says blocks malware from modifying OS memory by making parts of the kernel read-only (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Open-source database startup MariaDB adds $25M extension to its $27M Series C, bringing total raised to $125M+, says it's doubled its last valuation of ~$354M (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

TikTok says it took down 49M+ videos globally for content violations during H2 2019 and again claims it received no takedown requests from China (Jacob Kastrenakes/The Verge)

Sources: Coinbase is exploring going public via a direct listing as early as this year; Coinbase was last valued at $8B+ in 2018 (Anirban Sen/Reuters)

XM Cyber, which develops simulation and remediation software to expose cyberattack vectors, raises $17M Series B, bringing its total raised to $49M (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

In a first, the CENTRE Consortium has blacklisted an Ethereum address holding $100K USDC stablecoin in response to a law enforcement request (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)

Nvidia surpasses Intel as the most valuable US chipmaker, with a market cap of $248B+ as its stock has surged 68% in 2020 (Noel Randewich/Reuters)

WhatsApp Business adds support for QR codes, allows businesses to create and share links to their catalogs to post elsewhere, and says it has 50M users (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Study finds 15B credentials in circulation on hacker forums with 5B+ of them unique; average price of logins for banking and other financial services is $70.91 (Ionut Ilascu/BleepingComputer)

Police are buying access to hacked data, including passwords, IP addresses, and more to help with investigations in an end-run around the usual legal processes (Joseph Cox/VICE)

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