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The Guardian: Facebook will restrict how advertisers can target users under 18 across Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger, only allowing age, gender, and location targeting  —  Advertisers on Instagram, Facebook and Messenger will no longer be able to market to under 18s based on their interests

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Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat: Microsoft's overall gaming revenue rose to $357M in Q4, up 11% YoY, with hardware revenue up 172% YoY, but Xbox content and services dipped 4% YoY to $128M  —  All the sessions from Transform 2021 are available on-demand now.  Watch now.  —  Gaming continues to return growth for Microsoft.

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Mike Peterson / AppleInsider: Mac and iPad sales break quarterly records in Q3, with Mac revenue of $8.2B, up 16% YoY, and iPad revenue of $7.4B, up 12% YoY  —  Apple's Mac product lineup hit a new record high in the June quarter, and the company says iPad had the highest June quarter by revenue in nearly a decade.

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Todd Spangler / Variety: YouTube reports $7B in Q2 ad revenue, up 84% YoY from $3.81B, and says its Shorts feature now has 15B global daily views, up from 6.5B in March  —  YouTube accelerated back into high growth for the second quarter of 2021, as ad revenue hit a record $7.0 billion for the period.

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Kif Leswing / CNBC: Apple's greater China sales in Q3 were up 58% YoY to $14.76B, Americas grew 33% to $39.57B, paid Services subscribers grew to 700M, up 150M YoY  —  - Apple reported strong fiscal third-quarter earnings on Tuesday, demolishing Wall Street expectations.  — Every one of Apple's major product lines grew over 12% on an annual basis.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Twitter hires the team that built Brief, a subscription-based news summary app founded by former Google employees; the app will wind down July 31  —  Twitter's recent acquisition spree continues today as the company announces it has acqui-hired the team from news aggregator and summary app Brief.

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Global chip shortage dampens Microsoft's Q4 Surface revenue, down 20% YoY, and Windows OEM revenue, down 3% YoY  —  Cloud and Office say the revenue day  —  Microsoft posted the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2021 financial results today, reporting revenue of $46.2 billion and a net income of $16.5 billion.

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: AMD Q2: revenue of $3.85B, up 99% YoY, Computing and Graphics revenue of $2.25B, up 65% YoY, Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom revenue of $1.6B, up 183% YoY  —  The company reported second quarter earnings of 58 cents a share on revenue of $3.85 billion, up 99% from a year ago.

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Apple: Apple reports Q3 revenue of $81.4B, up 36% YoY, net income of $21.7B, up from $11.2B YoY, Services sales of $17.4B, up from $13.2B YoY, iPhone sales of $39.6B  —  Revenue up 36 percent to new June quarter record  —  Services revenue reaches new all-time high

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Alphabet - Investor Relations: Alphabet reports Q2 revenue of $61.88B, up 62% YoY, operating income of $19.36B, up 31% YoY, Google Cloud operating loss down to $591M; stock up 2%+ after hours  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - July 27, 2021 - Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021.

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Microsoft - Investor Relations: Microsoft reports Q4 revenue up 21% YoY to $46.2B, net income up 47% YoY to $16.5B, commercial cloud revenue up 36% YoY to $19.5B, LinkedIn revenue up 46% YoY  —  Earnings Release FY21 Q4 REDMOND, Wash. — July 27, 2021 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended June 30 …

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Ian Carlos Campbell / The Verge: In the new iPadOS 15 beta, Apple makes its controversial Safari redesign optional, letting users choose a more conventional tab layout in settings  —  Enable the new (bad) tab experience in settings  —  Apple has started trickling out its fourth iOS and iPadOS 15 betas …

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Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch: Instagram now supports 60-second videos on Reels, up from 30 seconds, to better rival TikTok, which recently let creators upload videos up to three minutes long  —  Haven't you heard that Instagram is no longer a photo-sharing app?  Today, Instagram announced that users can now upload 60-second videos …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: TikTok expands LIVE platform with new features, including events, co-hosts, Q&As, moderation tools, and more, to make it more competitive with Instagram Live  —  TikTok announced this morning it's expanding its TikTok LIVE platform, which currently allows creators to livestream to fans …

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Jason Schreier / Bloomberg: Activision Blizzard staff aim to walk out on Wednesday, demanding fairer treatment for underrepresented staff and ending arbitration clauses in staff contracts  —  Employees at Activision Blizzard Inc. are calling for a walkout on Wednesday to protest the company's responses …

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Janelle Lawrence / Bloomberg: eBay's ex-senior global security manager, the first of five former staffers convicted in a cyberstalking campaign against eBay critics, gets 18 months in prison  —  - Philip Cooke took part in macabre plot to scare blogger  — Cooke had spent 27 years with Santa Clara Police Department

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Eshe Nelson / New York Times: A look at the rise of ultra-fast grocery delivery startups, some with a goal of 10-minute deliveries, across major cities, led by Turkish startup Getir  —  Venture capital's newest darling is the online rapid grocery delivery industry.  Getir, a six-year-old Turkish company …

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Rachel Premack / Insider: Workers at CSAT Solutions, a Texas company that handles many of Apple's laptop repairs, call their workplace a “sweatshop” with broken AC and 13-hour shifts  —  If you're ever unlucky enough to spill a latte between the keys of your $1,300 MacBook Pro or shatter its screen …

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Washington Post: Survey of 20,699 Americans: those who rely on Facebook for COVID-related news are less likely to get vaccinated than average and less likely than Fox viewers  —  Biden said social media companies are ‘killing people’ by spreading vaccine misinformation  —  The White House has been sharply critical …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: GitHub partners with Stanford Law School to offer legal counsel to developers facing DMCA takedown requests; the advice is free for “valid” takedown claims  —  All the sessions from Transform 2021 are available on-demand now.  Watch now.  —  Let the OSS Enterprise newsletter guide your open source journey!

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Thomas Claburn / The Register: Following appliance energy efficiency laws in CA, CO, HI, OR, VT, and WA, Dell has stopped shipping select power-hungry PCs in those markets  —  Energy efficiency rules appears to be limiting the availability of gaming rigs  —  Dell is no longer shipping energy-hungry gaming PCs to certain states …

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Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE: Google launches Google Cloud Retail Search, a managed service giving retailers a custom version of Google Search that integrates into their apps and websites  —  Google LLC is bringing the power of its iconic search engine to online retailers.  —  The company today announced the general availability …

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Maurice Klaehne / Counterpoint Research: US smartphone market sales grew 27% YoY in H1 2021 despite component shortages; OnePlus rose by 428% YoY, Motorola by 83%, Apple by 53%, as Google dropped 7%  —  Denver, Boston, Toronto, Denver, London, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul - July 27, 2021  —  The US smartphone market saw …

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Christine Hall / TechCrunch: Blameless, a site reliability engineering service, raises $30M Series B led by Third Point Ventures, bringing its total funding to over $50M  —  Site reliability engineering platform Blameless announced Tuesday it raised $30 million in a Series B funding round, led by Third Point Ventures …

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Ian Hamilton / UploadVR: Facebook is recalling ~4M foam face masks for Oculus Quest 2, after reports of irritation; Quest 2 goes on sale again Aug. 24 with improved 128GB base storage  —  Oculus Quest 2 sales are paused as Facebook adds a silicon cover to the boxes of every new headset, following reports of facial skin irritation with the original foam.

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