Kate Duguid / Reuters:
Alphabet borrowed $10B in its largest ever bond issue from the corporate debt market, which it secured at its lowest-ever cost of financing — NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) borrowed $10 billion in the investment-grade corporate debt market on Monday, the Google parent´s largest ever bond issue …
Wall Street Journal:
With TikTok sale, China will lose control of its first global internet sensation and harden the suspicions inside China that US is sabotaging its tech growth — Washington´s push for Chinese company to sell American operations hardens suspicions in China that the U.S. aims to sabotage its technology
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Canalys: global Q2 tablet shipments grew 26% YoY to 37.5M, desktop PC shipments fell 26%; iPad shipments grew 19.8% YoY to 14.24M for a leading 38% market share — Ten years ago, tablet computers were marketed as the vanguard of the “post-PC” era, but traditional desktop and notebook PCs remained popular as tablet sales plateaued.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google announces the $349 Pixel 4A, available for pre-order on August 20, $499 Pixel 4A 5G, and Pixel 5, coming later in fall — If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. — Google is officially announcing three Pixel phones today.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Google says it will invest $450M in smart home security company ADT, which will sell and install Nest smart home products — Google is investing $450 million in ADT to acquire a 6.6% stake in the Florida-headquartered firm that provides security and smart home solutions, the two said today.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is mulling new rules around statements regarding election results including premature claims of victory — We may not know the results for days, and maybe weeks. So it´s time to rethink “election night.” — Picture this Thanksgiving: Turkey, football …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Researchers describe how attackers can sidestep security features of chip-based credit and debit cards from certain banks to create counterfeit cards — Chip-based credit and debit cards are designed to make it infeasible for skimming devices or malware to clone your card when you pay …
Gil Kazimirov / OneZero :
A look back at the rise of the custom ringtone industry, which had sales of $1.1B at its peak in 2007 before sales shrunk by 97% in the following decade — Before the iPhone, Venmo, or Spotify, there were ringtones. You might remember them fondly as those lo-fidelity sounds we used …
Renee DiResta / Wired:
AI-generated “textfakes”, masked as regular chatter on Twitter and Facebook, can be potentially far more subtle and sinister than deepfake videos or audiofakes — Synthetic video and audio seemed pretty bad. Synthetic writing—ubiquitous and undetectable—will be far worse.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Berlin-based Everphone, which sells a “mobile as a service” device rental package to businesses, raises ~$40M Series B led by Signals Venture Capital — The latest startup to see an uplift in inbound interest flowing from the remote work boom triggered by the coronavirus pandemic …