* Disney+ will be available along with Hulu LLC and ESPN+ for a total of $12.99 per month, Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said. That price is equal to the retail cost for standard service offered by streaming leader Netflix Inc. and represents about $5 monthly savings from the price of the three individual Disney services: $5.99 for Hulu's basic plan, $4.99 for ESPN+ and $6.99 per month for Disney+.
* Twitter Inc. revealed that it may have shared certain data with its partners and may have shown ads "based on inferences" without users' permission. The company said the issues were fixed on Aug. 5, but continues to conduct further investigation.
* Apple Inc. will be implementing changes in its mobile operating system that will impact apps such as Facebook Inc.'s Messenger and WhatsApp Inc., The Information reports. The iOS update will bar messaging apps from running a calling feature in the background when not in use and may compel companies such as Facebook to make necessary design changes to its messaging apps, the report noted, citing two sources.
Internet & social media
* U.S. President Donald Trump issued a warning to Google LLC after a former engineer accused the U.S. search giant of working to "illegally subvert the 2020 Election." In a series of tweets, Trump cited claims about how Google suppressed negative stories on Hillary Clinton, while boosting negative stories on him.
* Facebook has filed lawsuits against two app developers in Asia accused of "click injection fraud." Cases have been filed against Lionmobi Holding Ltd. in Hong Kong and JediMobi based in Singapore, for developing apps for Google's Play store that was used to corrupt users' phones with malware, Jessica Romero, Facebook's director of platform enforcement and litigation, said.
* U.S senators Edward Markey, D-Mass. and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., raised privacy concerns in a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the company's Messenger Kids app and its failure to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. In the letter, the senators pointed out "lax privacy protections" for kids on the app and asked what the company has done so far to address these issues.
* AT&T Inc. plans to introduce AT&T TV in select markets by the end of the third quarter, with nationwide availability in early 2020, the company told shareholders at a conference. In a separate announcement, the company said that it has rolled out 5G in parts of New York City, the 21st city to be included in its 5G coverage.
* Comcast Corp. is expanding the eligibility criteria for Internet Essentials, its high-speed internet adoption program for low-income families, to include all qualified low-income households in its service area. Up to 3 million low-income households nationally will now have access to low-cost internet service, Comcast said, adding that the latest expansion doubles the total number of previously eligible households to a total of nearly 7 million households.
Programming & streaming
* Fox Entertainment Group Inc. has acquired Bento Box Entertainment LLC, the animation house behind "Bob's Burgers" and other animated shows on FOX (US). While financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, a report by The Wall Street Journal cited a source to indicate that the acquisition is valued at less than $50 million.
* CBS Corp. and Nexstar Media Group Inc. struck a multiyear agreement to renew CBS (US) network affiliations for Nexstar stations in 15 markets. The new agreement extends all CBS/Nexstar affiliation agreements related to a total of 19 stations that were set to expire this year, the company said.
* Viacom Inc. has agreed to acquire comic studio and production company Paws Inc., which holds global intellectual property rights to the "Garfield" and U.S. Acres franchises. The acquisition, which is expected to close in the upcoming weeks, will see Viacom add "Garfield" to its Nickelodeon portfolio of properties.
* Warner Media LLC's HBO launched a show recommendation tool called Recommended by Humans. The new, human-powered show recommendation tool, which has been designed to help viewers discover content, will feature more than 50 free HBO episodes, movies and documentaries, according to a blog post.
* Discovery Inc. is looking to further diversify its nascent streaming business, eyeing opportunities within the culinary category in particular. Speaking on the company's Aug. 6 earnings call, Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav said the programmer continues to "actively look at the food and cooking space" and the CEO plans to provide updates "about our plans in that category over the coming months."
* Apple software unit FileMaker has changed its name to Claris International Inc., which has been a unit of the tech giant since the 1980s, Reuters reports. The newly rebranded unit has also acquired Italian startup Stamplay for an undisclosed amount.
* Sprint Corp. is adding a device from Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. to its lineup of 5G devices. Sprint said it will soon provide additional information, including device specifications, pricing and launch date.
* The latest proposed U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods would impact the technology sector more than previous tariffs because the new proposal covers many finished products with well-established supply chains that would be difficult to relocate, S&P Global Ratings said in a research note. The new tariffs would be leveled against Apple's iPhone and computer products, as well as notebooks and desktop computers from Dell Technologies Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., among others.
* Cisco Systems Inc. plans to acquire artificial intelligence-based enterprise voice assistant software developer Voicea for an undisclosed sum. Rizio Inc. is doing business as Voicea.
* Mir Aamir stepped down as CEO and president of Quotient Technology Inc. Aamir, who also resigned from the company's board, will provide transition and strategic consulting services to Quotient on an as-needed basis through Dec. 31, 2020, the company disclosed in an SEC filing.
* Entravision Communications Corp. realigned its local sales organization as part of the company's efforts to better reflect its omnichannel marketing platform. As part of the initiative, the company appointed Eddie Melendez president of local media sales.
The day ahead
Early morning futures indicators pointed to a higher opening for the U.S. market.
In Asia, Hang Seng rose 0.08% to 25,997.03, while the Nikkei 225 fell 0.33% to 20,516.56.
In Europe, around midday, the FTSE 100 rose 0.91% to 7,236.71, and the Euronext 100 gained 1.40% to 1,037.19.
On the macro front
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