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Sources: semiconductor manufacturer Analog Devices is in talks to buy rival Maxim Integrated for $17B+ in an all-stock deal (Cara Lombardo/Wall Street Journal)

Talkspace and other teletherapy companies are working to scale their businesses during the pandemic, including working with insurance companies and regulators (David Pierce/Protocol)

Apple Silicon could end Wintel by forcing Microsoft to take Windows on ARM seriously, causing PC OEMs to migrate to ARM and Intel to make ARM PC chips (Jean-Louis Gasse/Monday Note)

Profile of Ime Archibong, the Head of New Product Experimentation at Facebook and one of the most important voices in its efforts around diversity and equality (Salvador Rodriguez/CNBC)

Qualcomm Ventures says it will invest $97M in Reliance Jio Platforms to acquire a 0.15% equity stake (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

Chris Larsen, a co-founder of Ripple, is paying for the installation of a private network of over 1,000 security cameras across San Francisco to fight crime (Nellie Bowles/New York Times)

Public records show that the US Secret Service awarded a four-year contract in May to Coinbase to use its blockchain analytics software, worth $183,750 in total (Yogita Khatri/The Block)

An overview of how data-driven tech and analytics are reshaping Hollywood's creative development process and market research during the pandemic (Christopher Mims/Wall Street Journal)

Iowa-based Growers Edge, which provides a range of data-driven fintech and analytics tools for the agricultural industry, has closed $40M Series B (Jake Slobe/Clay and Milk)

Zomato says its FY 2020 revenue was $394M, up 105% YoY, and EBITDA loss reached $293M vs. $277M in FY 2019, as Zomato Gold/Pro had 1.7M subscribers as of March (Aroon Deep/MediaNama)

Evidation Health, whose tech helps aggregate health data from wearables and other sources for virtual clinical trials, raises $45M Series D led by B Capital (Elise Reuter/MedCity News)

China's biggest chipmaker SMIC, a key player in the country's semiconductor ambitions, kicked off a $6.6B share sale on Tuesday in Shanghai (Arjun Kharpal/CNBC)

Ubisoft announces multiple senior executive departures, including its chief creative officer and Canadian studios head, amid company-wide misconduct allegations (Ian Walker/Kotaku)

Telemedicine service Doctor on Demand raises $75M Series D led by General Atlantic, bringing the total raised to $240M (Leah Rosenbaum/Forbes)

A look at the gray market around repairing ventilators, where technicians use homemade dongles and software secretly shared within the community (Jason Koebler/VICE)

Mozilla suspends Firefox Send file-sharing service after reports malware operators use it to host and send links with malicious payloads to potential victims (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

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)

Infotech Headlines Today

Updated: 2 hours ago

#Slum2School launches first virtual learning classroom in Africa - TechCity

12 African Community Leaders Selected as Part of the Facebook Community Accelerator Programme - Innovation Village

17-Year-Old Critical 'Wormable' RCE Vulnerability Impacts Windows DNS Servers - Hackers News

287,796 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa as deaths climb to 4,172 - BusinessTech

3M and MIT partner to develop a new, affordable rapid COVID-19 test - Techcrunch

4 Nigerians Selected for $3 Million Facebook Community Accelerator Program - Technext

4 options for South Africans who have run out of money - BusinessTech

5 important things happening in South Africa today - BusinessTech

6 Tips That Will Help You Improve Your Phone Camera - TechMoran

A Lego version of the Nintendo NES is coming - will it launch alongside the main Super Mario range - Pocket Lint

A look at Amazon Handmade, an Etsy competitor that Amazon launched in 2015, which sellers say operates like the rest of Amazon with little differentiation (Sarah Kessler/OneZero) - Techmeme

A look at Mitre Corp., a government-linked skunkworks organization that has been making bleeding edge tech for US agencies for more than six decades (Thomas Brewster/Forbes) - Techmeme

A powerful way to advertise online in South Africa - BusinessTech

According to Robintrack.net, during a four-hour span today almost 40,000 Robinhood accounts added Tesla stock, which hit $1,794.99 before closing at $1,497.06 (Sarah Ponczek/Bloomberg) - Techmeme

Adobe Issues July 2020 Critical Security Patches for Multiple Software - Hackers News

All You Need to Know About OPPO A31 and A12; Price in Nigeria, Specifications and Availability - Technext

Amazon Introduces Dash Cart, Essentially an Amazon Go Store on Wheels - Slashdot

Amazon is piloting worker healthcare clinics near its warehouses - Techcrunch

Amazon launches smart shopping trolley that knows what you're buying - BusinessTech

Amazon to test Dash Cart, a smart grocery shopping cart that sees what you buy - Techcrunch

Amazon unveils Dash Cart, a smart shopping cart which links with your Amazon account, tracks the items you place inside, and checks you out without a cashier (Nick Statt/The Verge) - Techmeme

Amazon's new smart shopping cart lets you check out without a cashier - The Verge

Amazon's one-day Razer sale includes a $250 discount on the Blade Stealth - Engadget

Amazon's smart shopping cart knows what you're buying - Engadget

AMD unveils its first line of workstation processors, Ryzen Threadripper Pro, with up to 64 cores, only available in OEM hardware; Lenovo is the launch partner (Dr. Ian Cutress/AnandTech) - Techmeme

An analysis of Palantir CEO Alex Karp's dissertation at a German university in 2002 and how it presaged the work he would go on to do at Palantir (Moira Weigel/boundary 2) - Techmeme

An ex-Googler's new robot reimagines the future of home automation - The Verge

An Israeli court rules that NSO Group can keep exporting its tools as plaintiff Amnesty International failed to prove staff spying by a NSO customer (Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai/VICE) - Techmeme

ANC wants the state to be 'more active in guiding the economy' post Covid-19 - BusinessTech

Announcing The TechCrunch List, a founder-friendly directory of first check and lead VCs - Techcrunch

App Annie launches ad analytics product Ascend - Techcrunch

Apple TV+ features, price, devices and shows: Everything you need to know - Pocket Lint

Apple's base 16-inch MacBook Pro is $400 off at Amazon - Engadget

Apple's TV app explained: How does it work and where is it available - Pocket Lint

APTARE IT Analytics' ' A game changer for Hybrid IT - BusinessTech

Asmoke's portable pellet grill is super affordable and great for small spaces - Techcrunch

Asus ROG Phone 3 to feature massive 6000mAh battery capacity - Pocket Lint

Auckland-based photo software startup Narrative raises $2.58 million led by Founders Fund - Techcrunch

Austin-based BigCommerce, which develops online storefronts and other e-commerce tools, files for an IPO and says it had $112.1M in 2019 revenue, up 22% YoY (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch) - Techmeme

Autonomous drone maker Skydio shifts to military and enterprise with its first folding drone - The Verge

Axxess launches Just DSL ' No voice line needed - BusinessTech

Best Marvel gifts for die-hard MCU fans 2020 - Pocket Lint

Best TikTok tips and tricks: Your complete guide to Musical.ly's successor - Pocket Lint

Better Not Younger: How This Former C-Suite Left Her Career To Launch A Hair Care Brand For Women Over 40 - Forbes

Biden Announces $2 Trillion Climate Plan - Slashdot

BigCommerce files to go public - Techcrunch

Black influencers are underpaid, and a new Instagram account is proving it - The Verge

Blackstone's growth investors lead a $200 million investment into Oatly, the oat milk juggernaut - Techcrunch

BMW 2 Series Gran Coup review: A cute little coup - Pocket Lint

BMW unveils iX3 electric SUV destined for China and Europe - The Verge

Brief's mobile news app aims to tackle information overload and media bias - Techcrunch

Brooklyn-based Medly Pharmacy, which offers a "full-service" digital pharmacy, raises $100M Series B co-led by Greycroft and Volition Capital (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat) - Techmeme

Business giant SAP patches RECON bug, which impacted most of its customers and let hackers create admin accounts on SAP servers (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet) - Techmeme

Businesses take on insurance firms for rejecting Covid-19 claims - BusinessTech

California Investigating Google For Potential Antitrust Violations - Slashdot

CDC employees say the agency has a culture of 'racial aggression - The Verge

Cell C Introduces New 30-Day Data-Bundles - Itnewsafrica

ClassPass co-founder Sanjiv Sanghavi joins Arcadia, bringing consumer marketing savvy to clean energy - Techcrunch

CMU develops a method to improve robotic grasping of transparent objects - Techcrunch

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