This is the web version of Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top tech news. To get it delivered daily to your in-box, sign up here. The innovation game has its limits. Companies are so desperate to find the next new thing, the silver bullet that will uplevel their way out of their incumbency blues, that they forget the basics. Witness one aspect to a stunning turnaround at retailerTarget, as recounted in the currentissue…"How Target Used Less Tech to Succeed—Data Sheet"
Google has had enough of its employees debating the current political environment. On Friday, the company released a new set of community guidelines that reset what is and isn’t allowed when employees are at work. “While sharing information and ideas with colleagues helps build community, disrupting the workday to have a raging debate over politics or the latest news story does not,” the company said. “Our primary responsibility is to do the work we’ve each…"Google Cracks Down on Internal Political Debates"
Apple Inc. is readying a clutch of new hardware for the coming weeks and months, including “Pro” iPhones, upgrades to iPads and its largest laptop in years. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is planning to announce three new iPhones at an event next month, according to people familiar with the situation. The handsets will likely go on sale in September, contributing to fiscal fourth-quarter sales. But the real test will come in the crucial holiday…"Apple Is Launching New iPhones, iPads and Macs. Here’s What to Expect"
Eminem’s publisher has filed a massive copyright infringement lawsuit against Spotify, alleging that the music streaming giant has grossly infringed on hundreds of the rapper’s copyrights. The suit by Eight Mile Style, filed in federal court in Nashville on Wednesday, also calls into question the larger constitutionality of a recently passed music licensing law. Two hundred forty-three different works from the rapper’s extensive hits catalog—like “Stan,” “Lose Yourself,” “The Real Slim Shady,” and “My Name…"Eminem’s Publisher Sues Spotify For Copyright Infringement"
Snapchat, like many other social media sites, warns people it’s not to be used for illegal purposes. That has not some weapons traffickers from using the app to sell hundreds of illegal weapons. Officials have charged at least three people with illegally selling firearms via the app, according to a comprehensive report in The Guardian. Anthony Reed, a 22-year-old Nevada resident, his roommate Rahsaan Faison, and Faison’s brother Julaan allegedly bought weapons in Nevada, which…"Arms Traffickers Use Snapchat To Sell Illegal Weapons"
Cisco Systems Inc. forecast current-quarter profit below Wall Street estimates on Wednesday as it struggles to transition to a software-focused company from its traditional business of selling routers and switches, sending shares down seven per cent in extended trading. Since taking the helm in July 2015, Chief Executive Officer Chuck Robbins has added muscle to the hardware giant’s growth areas such as the cloud, Internet of Things and cybersecurity through acquisitions. The network gearmaker said…"Cisco forecasts first-quarter profit below estimates; shares slide"
Huawei is adjusting to a new normal—launching products while in limbo over its status on the U.S. “foreign entities” list. On Monday, the Department of Commerce (DoC), which put Huawei on its prohibitive blacklist in May, issued Huawei a second 90-day reprieve on the ban, permitting U.S. companies to supply the Chinese tech manufacturer with vital components. But at a product launch today, Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric Xu told journalists the company is assuming its…"Huawei Launches New A.I. Chip As Company Enters ‘Battle Mode’ To Survive"
Shopify Inc.’s scorching rally and Lightspeed POS Inc.’s successful trading debut this year are throwing the spotlight on who might be the next Canadian tech star to go public. A total of $1 billion (US$751 million) was invested in 142 venture capital deals in the first quarter, up 48 per cent from a year earlier, according to the Canadian Venture & Private Equity Association. More than half of that was in tech and increasingly from…"Some of Canada’s hottest tech firms are weighing IPOs following success of Lightspeed, Shopify rally"
Since 2009 and its launch of Android Cupcake, Google has worked its way through the alphabet, naming each new version of its mobile operating system after a dessert that starts with the same letter. But according to Sameer Samat, Google’s vice president of product management, the search giant has had its fill of desserts, ending the buffet with Android Pie. That’s right, the Google geniuses who have branded their work with tasty treats ranging from…"Q is for Quitter: Google Ditches Its Android Dessert Names"
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he had spoken with Apple Inc’s Chief Executive Tim Cook about the impact of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports as well as competition from South Korean company Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Trump said Cook “made a good case” that tariffs could hurt Apple, given that Samsung’s products would not be subject to those same tariffs. Tariffs on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, including consumer…"Apple CEO warns Trump China tariffs could give Samsung an edge"