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Ina Fried / Axios: After losing out to Apple and Google on smartphones, Facebook's big bets on VR and AR can be seen as attempting to control the next big hardware platforms  —  Facebook's foray into virtual and augmented reality, which it doubled down on this week, is a bet on where the future of online social interaction is heading.

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Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal: How “Huang's Law”, gains in AI chip performance even faster than Moore's Law, moves data processing from the cloud to the edge and may explain Nvidia's Arm deal  —  The rule that the same dollar buys twice the computing power every 18 months is no longer true, but a new law …

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CNBC: US judge in California issues a preliminary injunction halting Commerce Department's order banning downloads of WeChat from Sunday  —  A U.S. judge early Sunday blocked the Commerce Department from requiring Apple and Alphabet's Google to remove Tencent Holding's WeChat for downloads by late Sunday.

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Asha Saluja / Slate: Behind the rise of viral earworms on TikTok, whose musical DNA and culture of repetition often leads to the same songs being reused again and again in videos  —  Gen Z's favorite video app is a blessing in a pandemic.  But why does so much of it sound the same?  —  I downloaded TikTok in April, a month into COVID isolation.

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Shannon McGregor / Wired: Facebook and Twitter fail to differentiate “coordinated behavior” from standard political campaign practices, leading to unclear and inconsistent moderation  —  No one knows, not even the policy writers or enforcers.  And the ambiguity is exacerbating threats to our electoral process.

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Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Atlantic: A look at teen TikTok stars like “Mooptopia”, who achieved sudden viral fame and found it hard to contend with the devotion and nonstop attention of fans  —  Teens are making it big overnight, but that kind of fame can be a mixed bag.  —  A girl sits alone on an ugly couch …

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Clive Thompson / Wired: YouTube taught its recommendation system how to recognize and demote conspiratorial videos, but organic link-sharing and bot promotion are thwarting its efforts  —  From flat-earthers to QAnon to Covid quackery, the video giant is awash in misinformation.  Can AI keep the lunatic fringe from going viral?

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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet: Starting Oct. 1, all new source code repositories on GitHub will be named “main” instead of “master” as part the company's effort to abandon non-inclusive terms  —  All new Git repositories on GitHub will be named “main” instead of “master” starting October 1, 2020.

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Sophia Kunthara / Crunchbase News: At Snowflake's IPO price, Sutter Hill Ventures' stake was worth $5.9B, Altimeter Capital's ~$4.4B, ICONIQ Capital's $4B+, Redpoint's $2.6B, and Sequoia's ~$2.5B  —  Data warehousing company Snowflake went public on Wednesday in the largest software IPO ever, raising nearly $3.4 billion and valuing the company at $33.2 billion.

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Peter Clarke / eeNews Europe: French startup Antaios raises $11M for developing SOT-MRAM that can potentially replace embedded non-volatile memory and SRAM cache in microprocessors and SoCs  —  Antaios SA (Grenoble, France), a 2017 startup working on spin-orbit-torque (SOT) MRAM has secured US$11 million in funding.

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Tammy Lovell / MobiHealthNews: Sweden-based Joint Health raises $23M Series B for its app that connects patients with chronic hip and knee pain with physical therapists  —  Funding will enable the company to expand its app for chronic joint pain to the US and further across Europe.  —  Swedish firm Joint Academy …

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Reuters: ByteDance says that it is not aware of the news that TikTok is setting up a $5B education fund in the US as part of a deal to continue operating in the US  —  NINGBO, China (Reuters) - TikTok owner Bytedance said in a social media post on Sunday that it was the first time it had heard …

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PYMNTS.com: LA-based Boosted Commerce, which is building a portfolio of e-commerce brands, raises $87M and announces the acquisition of six Amazon fulfillment companies  —  As it aims to develop an online shopping portfolio, Boosted Commerce said it has notched $87 million in investment and has purchased six Amazon fulfillment (FBA) firms.

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Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch: US delays TikTok ban by a week, as company says Oracle and Walmart may take 20% stake in TikTok Global's pre-IPO round, host US user data and computer systems  —  Well... that was pointless.  —  After debasing the idea of free commerce in the U.S in the name of a misplaced security concern …

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Fred Pennic / HIT Consultant: Medigate, a provider of IoT and medical device security and asset management, raises $30M Series B led by Partech, bringing its total raised to $50M  —  What You Should Know:  — Medigate announced $30M in Series B financing to expand its medical and IoT device security solution to ensure patient privacy and safety.

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Bloomberg: Trump says he has approved Oracle's bid for the US operations of TikTok “in concept”  —  - Chinese government must still sign off on new U.S. company  — TikTok has built a strong following among young Americans  —  Donald Trump said he's approved Oracle Corp.'s bid …

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Chip Cutter / Wall Street Journal: Companies like IBM and ADP are developing tools to automate decision making, reduce risks and frictions of bringing employees back to the office  —  Employers use algorithms and dashboards as they navigate liability concerns and bruised egos  —  Companies reopening their workplaces …

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Bloomberg: TikTok asked a court on Friday to block its ban, saying the govt. exceeded its authority, the ban was issued for political reasons, and violates First Amendment  —  - Company says Trump exceeded his authority with ban order  — Video-sharing app surged in popularity, especially with teens

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Jon Fingas / Engadget: In a new filing, Epic rejects Apple's claim that “interest” in Fortnite declined by 70%, says active players grew 39% between October 2019 and July 2020  —  Epic is hitting back at Apple's claims that the developer's lawsuit was just an attempt to revitalize sagging interest in Fortnite on iOS.

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: iOS 14 Picture in Picture functionality stops working for YouTube's mobile website in Safari for users who do not subscribe to YouTube Premium  —  Apple in iOS 14 added Picture in Picture to the iPhone, a feature designed to let you watch a video in a small screen on your device while you continue to do other things on the phone.

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Julia Alexander / The Verge: Apple's subscription bundle Apple One will greatly help TV+ by keeping subscriber metrics high as the service grows, following a strategy similar to Prime Video  —  A big push ahead of the streaming service's anniversary  —  Apple's new Apple One bundle, which gives customers an assortment …

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Alex Kantrowitz / Big Technology: The FTC and DOJ antitrust divisions are underfunded, as current and ex-staffers say tech giants use close personal ties and deep pockets to stymie regulation  —  U.S. regulators don't have enough money to properly check the tech giants, according to firsthand accounts

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Zac Bowden / Windows Central: An inside look at how Microsoft tried and failed in creating a version of Windows for dual-screen devices like Surface Duo, and eventually picked Android  —  Curious what Surface Duo was like when it was a Windows device?  Wonder no more.  —  Here at Windows Central …

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Zheping Huang / Bloomberg: Alibaba unveils Xunxi, a pilot factory it has been operating for three years for developing tech aimed at helping manufacturers adapt quickly to consumer demand  —  - Daniel Zhang is spearheading a drive into new manufacturing  — Company wants to provide back-end technology to manufacturers

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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet: Check Point: Iranian hacker group Rampant Kitten, which has been active for 6+ years, has developed an Android malware capable of stealing 2FA SMS codes  —  The malware could steal 2FA SMS codes for Google accounts.  Also contained vague functionality to do the same for Telegram and various social networks.

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