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Title: Techmeme
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 02:40:18 -0400

link Sources: SoftBank is exploring a full/partial sale or public offering of Arm; SoftBank bought Arm for $32B four years ago (Wall Street Journal)
link Sources: Apple pushes retail workers to begin working from home, says full return to offices won't happen in 2020 and it's shipping employees COVID-19 test kits (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)
link Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, others back Harvard and MIT's suit against ICE directive that will send international students home if classes are online (Emily Birnbaum/Protocol)
link Huawei posts revenue of $64.88B in H1 2020, up 13.1% YoY despite sanctions and the pandemic, with its consumer businesses accounting for 56% of total revenue (Rita Liao/TechCrunch)
link Google unveils the Google for India Digitization Fund, pledging ~$10B over seven years toward a mix of equity investments, ecosystem investments, and more (Sundar Pichai/The Keyword)
link Crypto app Abra and partner company Plutus settle charges from SEC and CFTC for $300K after allegedly facilitating unregistered security-based swap transactions (Paddy Baker/CoinDesk)
link MGM's 2019 data breach may have affected 142M+ guests, not 10.6M as first reported, according to dark web marketplace; data includes contact details and DoB (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)
link Facebook-provided data shows Trump's campaign micro-targets its ads more than Biden's; 68% of Trump's ads are seen fewer than 1,000 times vs 34% for Biden's (Bloomberg)
link According to Robintrack.net, during a four-hour span today almost 40,000 Robinhood accounts added Tesla stock, which hit $1,794.99 before closing at $1,497.06 (Sarah Ponczek/Bloomberg)
link Twitch restores President Trump's account after a two-week suspension for "hateful conduct" (Jacob Kastrenakes/The Verge)
link An Israeli court rules that NSO Group can keep exporting its tools as plaintiff Amnesty International failed to prove staff spying by a NSO customer (Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai/VICE)
link SiriusXM will buy E.W. Scripps' podcast network and producer unit Stitcher for $325M; Scripps says Stitcher had $72.5M in 2019 revenue (Todd Spangler/Variety)
link Robinhood says it has raised $320M in new funding that values it at $8.6B, following its $280M Series F in May, which valued it at $8.3B (Lucinda Shen/Fortune)
link US semiconductor manufacturer Analog Devices says it will buy rival Maxim Integrated for $20B+ in an all-stock deal (Subrat Patnaik/Reuters)
link As US COVID-19 cases surge, public health officials are battling broken, fragmented data systems, some relying on fax, that are seriously impeding progress (New York Times)
link Mediaocean, which provides TV advertising software, to acquire 4C Insights, which offers ad tools for streaming video and social media, source says for $150M+ (Sahil Patel/Wall Street Journal)
link Autonomous drone startup Skydio raises $100M Series C and announces X2, a new commercial drone lineup coming in Q4 with optional aftermarket software upgrades (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
link Sources, publishers, and advertisers say Google's 2015 decision to add a fourth ad atop Search negatively impacted results, decreasing organic website traffic (Gerrit De Vynck/Bloomberg)
link Sources detail issues faced by Black and brown tech employees when reporting incidents to HR departments, which often work only to protect company interests (Issie Lapowsky/Protocol)
link Inside Facebook's clubby network of invitation-only advertiser groups, called client councils, which use a mix of perks and pressure to keep brands close (Hannah Murphy/Financial Times)
link HPE announces it plans to buy Silver Peak, which makes SD-WAN tools for securely connecting edge networks to any cloud, for $925M (Natalie Gagliordi/ZDNet)
link In a May filing to Australia's antitrust regulator, Google said it doesn't control enough of the digital ad market to overcharge customers or block competitors (David McCabe/New York Times)
link Microsoft says it is spinning out five-year-old Chinese social chatbot Xiaoice into an independent entity; Microsoft will retain its stakes in the new company (Rita Liao/TechCrunch)
link UiPath, which makes software to automate repetitive tasks, raises $225M Series E led by Alkeon Capital Management at a $10.2B valuation (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
link Both the DNC and RNC have asked campaign staff to refrain from using TikTok on personal devices (Donie O'Sullivan/CNN)