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Trump says that at a recent dinner Tim Cook made a "very compelling argument" that Apple might lose its edge to Samsung due to tariffs on goods from China (Bloomberg)

Q&A with Debjani Ghosh, the first woman president of Indian IT industry body Nasscom, on the gender gap and why India is not worried about changes to H-1B visas (Itika Sharma Punit/Quartz)

23 Texas local governments hit in what appears to be a coordinated ransomware attack (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

[Thread] Twitter has been running ads from Chinese state news agency Xinhua that aim to discredit protesters in Hong-Kong (@pinboard)

IRS sends out letters warning taxpayers that data it received from crypto exchanges shows they owe taxes related to trades over the past several years (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)

How Facebook, which had around 37,000 employees at the end of last year, thinks about its IT strategy and builds most of its IT tools in-house (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

Google was so obsessed with beating Facebook that it missed an opportunity with Google+ to tackle the problems, like radicalization, plaguing social media now (Caroline McCarthy/Spectator USA)

Slack isn't becoming the "central nervous system" for all the workflows of its users because it's just filling cracks left by productivity apps, not fixing them (Kevin Kwok/kwokchain)

Facebook has built a static analysis platform, dubbed Zoncolan, that can scan Facebook's 100M lines of code in under 30 minutes to help catch bugs (Lily Hay Newman/Wired)

Apple's WebKit announces strict anti-tracking policy to prevent covert tracking and all cross-site tracking, credits Mozilla's policy for inspiring its approach (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)

Q&A with Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, who says the company is now working with 4,500 AI startups, compared to 2,000 in April, 2017 (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)

By not providing Siri users with clear control over how their data is used, Apple is at odds with the privacy doctrine that it preaches on billboards (John Gruber/Daring Fireball)

How cities like Katowice in Poland, Hangzhou in China, and Frisco, Texas are embracing esports tournaments in a bid to revive their economies (Luke Winkie/VentureBeat)

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A look at donations by major tech execs to 2020 presidential candidates, with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders notably absent from the list of recipients (Ari Levy/CNBC)

Sources: SoftBank plans to lend up to $20B to its employees to buy stakes in its second VC fund, with Masayoshi Son accounting for more than half of the amount (Wall Street Journal)

Ikea says it is creating a new business unit, Ikea Home smart, with end-to-end responsibility for its portfolio of smart devices (Thomas Ricker/The Verge)

Sources: the US Department of Commerce to extend Huawei's license to buy US goods, which expires on August 19, by another 90 days (Reuters)

How US-based companies are moving manufacturing out of mainland China while their Chinese counterparts are "de-Americanizing" their supply chains (Debby Wu/Bloomberg)

A look at What3words, a location sharing app that divides the world into 57 trillion three meter squares, and assigns them a unique, random three-word address (Duncan Leatherdale/BBC)

Some Defcon attendees discuss why people are still getting hacked and what the cybersecurity community needs to do better (VICE)

Source: Airbnb's revenue grew 40% in 2018, and it booked 91M nights in Q1 2019 for an overall bookings value of $9.4B, up 31% YoY, had about $3.5B in cash in Q1 (Reuters)

Segway-Ninebot unveils the semi-autonomous KickScooter T60 that it says can return itself to charging stations, expected to be available in Q1 2020 for ~$1,420 (Reuters)

Gab experienced a huge growth spurt in H1 2019 as SimilarWeb data shows its traffic between January and July grew almost 200% and unique visitors are up 180% (David Gilbert/VICE)

Commsignia, which develops software for automotive OEMs that connects vehicles with each other and smart city infrastructure, raises $11M Series A (FinSMEs)

Interview with Microsoft's Executive VP of Gaming Phil Spencer on how xCloud is years away from becoming mainstream, how it fits into Xbox's repertoire, more (GameSpot)

eMarketer estimates that 39.4% of US internet users, or about 112M people, will use a voice assistant at least monthly this year, up 9.5% from 2018 (Victoria Petrock/eMarketer)

Google says it bought homework helper app Socratic in 2018, launches an AI-powered version on iOS, adds subject guides, and promises Android launch this fall (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

In internal letter, Facebook moderators in Austin claim Accenture managers pressured on-site counselors to divulge info on trauma sessions; one counselor quit (Sam Biddle/The Intercept)

Google's Area 120 incubator is testing Fundo, a service for YouTube creators to sell invites to online events, personalized shoutouts to fans, and more (Janko Roettgers/Variety)

Brazil-based RD Station, a marketing automation platform aimed at SMBs in emerging markets, raises $50M Series D, bringing its total raised to about $90M (Mary Ann Azevedo/Crunchbase News)

SmileDirectClub, which ships teeth-aligners directly to users, with dental professionals monitoring patient progress remotely, files for an IPO (Megan Rose Dickey/TechCrunch)

Federal judge rules Georgia will have to fall back to paper ballots if it doesn't replace its electronic voting machines with a secure system for 2020 election (Timothy B. Lee/Ars Technica)

Edge cloud services provider Zenlayer raises $30M Series B to expand globally with an emphasis on emerging markets like India, Indonesia, and Brazil (FinSMEs)

Five years later, a deep dive into Gamergate's origins and how conspiracy-fed trolling tactics it took mainstream are now central to post-truth information wars (Charlie Warzel/New York Times)

Bakkt says it plans to launch its physically-settled bitcoin futures contracts on Sept. 23, after getting approval from NY state's financial regulator (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)

EU's General Court says it will hear arguments in Apple's and Ireland's challenges to EU's 13B bill over the company's back-taxes on September 17-18 (Stephanie Bodoni/Bloomberg)

Sources: JD.com is in talks to raise $500M in a US IPO for its online supermarket Dada-JD Daojia, a joint venture 10% owned by Walmart and controlled by JD.com (The Information)

YouTube changes policy: copyright owners will no longer be able to monetize creator videos with very short or unintentional uses of music via its manual tool (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Report: Alibaba to buy NetEase's Kaola, one of the biggest Chinese shopping sites for imported goods, for $2B in cash (Akanksha Rana/Reuters)

Bluetooth SIG issues a security notice for the "KNOB" flaw, which allows hackers to steal data by brute forcing the encryption key used during bluetooth pairing (Lawrence Abrams/BleepingComputer)

Huge survey of 6K+ firmware images of devices by 18 vendors including Linksys and Netgear finds no improvement in software security and lax security standards (Paul Roberts/The Security Ledger)

Amazon launches "Custom Interfaces", a new API that allows developers to connect gadgets and smart toys with Alexa-enabled devices to create new interactions (Karen Yue/Amazon Developer Services)

Flyhomes raises $21M Series B and $120M in debt for its platform that lets buyers make upfront cash offers for a house, and then helps them sell their own homes (Nat Levy/GeekWire)

In a letter to Congress, the Trump administration asks lawmakers to reauthorize a law that lets the NSA gain access to logs of phone and text records (Charlie Savage/New York Times)

Sources and a leaked pitch deck indicate that Amazon may have offered vendors the ability to bid for an Amazon Choice badge in 2017 (Hilary Milnes/Digiday)

India-based Twitter-like platform ShareChat, which supports multiple regional languages, raises $100M round led by Twitter, sources say at $600M-$650M valuation (Biswarup Gooptu/The Economic Times)

Coinbase has acquired the custody business of Xapo, a service best known for storing bitcoins in a vault under a Swiss mountain; source says for $55M (Jeff John Roberts/Fortune)

Overview of startup exits outside Silicon Valley from the past ten years, not including Asian companies: Sweden edges out UK, Boston remains big, more (David Frankel/Founder Collective)

Apple sues mobile device virtualization company Corellium, accusing it of copyright infringement for illegally replicating iOS, along with iPhone and iPad apps (Juli Clover/MacRumors)

Cyprus-based Au10tix, an AI-based ID verification and authentication platform, raises $60M at a $260M post-money valuation, from TPG Tech Adjacencies (FinSMEs)

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