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Microsoft’s Q2 gaming revenue was down 21% YoY to $3.4B, with hardware revenue down 43% YoY and Xbox content and services revenue down 11% YoY to $2.4B (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)+

Microsoft’s Q2 gaming revenue was down 21% YoY to $3.4B, with hardware revenue down 43% YoY and Xbox content and services revenue down 11% YoY to $2.4B (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

Fantastical, a popular calendar app for iOS and macOS, switches to a subscription model to unlock new premium features like Calendar Sets and weather forecasts (Zac Hall/9to5Mac)+

Fantastical, a popular calendar app for iOS and macOS, switches to a subscription model to unlock new premium features like Calendar Sets and weather forecasts (Zac Hall/9to5Mac)

Source: Apple has terminated AI startup Xnor.ai’s involvement in the Pentagon’s Project Maven after its recent acquisition of the startup (The Information)+

Source: Apple has terminated AI startup Xnor.ai’s involvement in the Pentagon’s Project Maven after its recent acquisition of the startup (The Information)

California court orders Apple to pay $838M and Broadcom to pay $270M for infringing California Institute of Technology patents on Wi-Fi transmissions (Bloomberg)+

California court orders Apple to pay $838M and Broadcom to pay $270M for infringing California Institute of Technology patents on Wi-Fi transmissions (Bloomberg)

Sources: EU is preparing rules on data interoperability and cross-border use to create a single market in data aimed at challenging the dominance of big tech (Foo Yun Chee/Reuters)+

Sources: EU is preparing rules on data interoperability and cross-border use to create a single market in data aimed at challenging the dominance of big tech (Foo Yun Chee/Reuters)

Zuckerberg says his goal for Facebook this decade “isn’t to be liked but to be understood” and that people need to know where the company stands to trust it (Kaya Yurieff/CNN)+

Zuckerberg says his goal for Facebook this decade “isn’t to be liked but to be understood” and that people need to know where the company stands to trust it (Kaya Yurieff/CNN)

Study that looked at 72M YouTube comments across 330,925 videos finds evidence of radicalization effect on users that leads them to extreme far-right content (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)+

Study that looked at 72M YouTube comments across 330,925 videos finds evidence of radicalization effect on users that leads them to extreme far-right content (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)

Facebook agrees to pay $550M to settle a class action over Illinois biometric law violations while tagging users in photos, after SCOTUS rejects its appeal (New York Times)+

Facebook agrees to pay $550M to settle a class action over Illinois biometric law violations while tagging users in photos, after SCOTUS rejects its appeal (New York Times)

Microsoft Q2: revenue of $36.9B, up 14% YoY, net income of $11.6B, up 38% YoY; Commercial Cloud revenue up 39% YoY to $12.5B; Office 365 Consumer subs hit 37.2M (Microsoft)+

Microsoft Q2: revenue of $36.9B, up 14% YoY, net income of $11.6B, up 38% YoY; Commercial Cloud revenue up 39% YoY to $12.5B; Office 365 Consumer subs hit 37.2M (Microsoft)

Microsoft’s Personal Computing saw Q2 revenue rise by 2% YoY to $13.2B, with Surface up 6%; Intelligent Cloud rose 27% YoY to $11.9B, with Azure revenue up 62% (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)+

Microsoft’s Personal Computing saw Q2 revenue rise by 2% YoY to $13.2B, with Surface up 6%; Intelligent Cloud rose 27% YoY to $11.9B, with Azure revenue up 62% (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

PayPal reports Q4 revenue of $4.96B up 17% YoY, with total payment volume up 22%; Venmo’s userbase reached 52M and processed payments grew to $29B, up 56% YoY (Natalie Gagliordi/ZDNet)+

PayPal reports Q4 revenue of $4.96B up 17% YoY, with total payment volume up 22%; Venmo’s userbase reached 52M and processed payments grew to $29B, up 56% YoY (Natalie Gagliordi/ZDNet)

A look at the debate about whether Amazon should be held liable for defective 3rd-party products on its Marketplace, which the company argues is like Craigslist (Colin Lecher/The Verge)+

A look at the debate about whether Amazon should be held liable for defective 3rd-party products on its Marketplace, which the company argues is like Craigslist (Colin Lecher/The Verge)

Verkada, an IoT platform combining security cameras with smart monitoring software, raises $80M Series C led by Felicis Ventures at a $1.6B post-money valuation (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)+

Verkada, an IoT platform combining security cameras with smart monitoring software, raises $80M Series C led by Felicis Ventures at a $1.6B post-money valuation (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

A look at Covariant.AI, which builds warehouse robots trained with reinforcement learning, as few warehouse tasks remain that cannot be automated (New York Times)+

A look at Covariant.AI, which builds warehouse robots trained with reinforcement learning, as few warehouse tasks remain that cannot be automated (New York Times)

Report: UN did not tell the public nor its general staff about a hacking attack into its IT systems from last July, despite staff records being compromised (Ben Parker/The New Humanitarian)+

Report: UN did not tell the public nor its general staff about a hacking attack into its IT systems from last July, despite staff records being compromised (Ben Parker/The New Humanitarian)

Source: Facebook Watch’s programming strategy is changing, backing off pricey original shows and live sports, as its budget has risen from $1B in 2017 to $1.4B (The Information)+

Source: Facebook Watch’s programming strategy is changing, backing off pricey original shows and live sports, as its budget has risen from $1B in 2017 to $1.4B (The Information)

Attentive, which offers messaging tools for retailers, raises $70M Series C, led by Sequoia and IVP, less than six months after raising $40M (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)+

Attentive, which offers messaging tools for retailers, raises $70M Series C, led by Sequoia and IVP, less than six months after raising $40M (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)

Facebook says Mark Zuckerberg is planning to visit Brussels in mid-February to meet with EU officials amid antitrust and privacy scrutiny (Natalia Drozdiak/Bloomberg)+

Facebook says Mark Zuckerberg is planning to visit Brussels in mid-February to meet with EU officials amid antitrust and privacy scrutiny (Natalia Drozdiak/Bloomberg)

US Interior Department introduces a no-fly rule for Chinese drones or those made with Chinese parts, with some exceptions, amid espionage concerns (Katy Stech Ferek/Wall Street Journal)+

US Interior Department introduces a no-fly rule for Chinese drones or those made with Chinese parts, with some exceptions, amid espionage concerns (Katy Stech Ferek/Wall Street Journal)

Kuo outlines Apple’s H1 2020: 4.7″ iPhone, “AirTags” trackers, smaller wireless charging mat, high-end headphones, and refreshed iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, and Air (Joe Rossignol/MacRumors)+

Kuo outlines Apple’s H1 2020: 4.7″ iPhone, “AirTags” trackers, smaller wireless charging mat, high-end headphones, and refreshed iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, and Air (Joe Rossignol/MacRumors)

Survey of Mechanical Turk workers finds some feel they don’t have recourse for underpayment, technical errors, or general abuse from temporary bosses (Dhruv Mehrotra/Gizmodo)+

Survey of Mechanical Turk workers finds some feel they don’t have recourse for underpayment, technical errors, or general abuse from temporary bosses (Dhruv Mehrotra/Gizmodo)

Despite US pressure, the EU told member states they should limit “high risk” 5G vendors, like Huawei, but did not recommend a total ban (Matina Stevis-Gridneff/New York Times)+

Despite US pressure, the EU told member states they should limit “high risk” 5G vendors, like Huawei, but did not recommend a total ban (Matina Stevis-Gridneff/New York Times)

Investigation: in 2019, Trump’s marketing campaign spent ~$20M on 218K+ Facebook ads targeting conservatives with marketing ploys designed to harvest user data (Julia Carrie Wong/The Guardian)+

Investigation: in 2019, Trump’s marketing campaign spent ~$20M on 218K+ Facebook ads targeting conservatives with marketing ploys designed to harvest user data (Julia Carrie Wong/The Guardian)

Facebook’s Off-Facebook Activity tool won’t actually clear the data collected about you from other apps and sites, only its connection to your Facebook account (Shoshana Wodinsky/Gizmodo)+

Facebook’s Off-Facebook Activity tool won’t actually clear the data collected about you from other apps and sites, only its connection to your Facebook account (Shoshana Wodinsky/Gizmodo)

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