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October 8, 2019, 4:25 PM

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Bloomberg:
Tencent-backed Blizzard bans gamer from competing and rescinds prize money after pro-Hong Kong comments, pledges to “resolutely safeguard the country's dignity”  —  - Expressing sympathy for Hong Kong democracy push proves costly  — Hearthstone player won't be allowed to compete for a year
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
As China's censorship extends into the US via companies like TikTok owner ByteDance, the CFIUS should consider revisiting ByteDance's acquisition of Musical.ly  —  It all started with a tweet:  —  “It” refers to the current imbroglio surrounding Daryl Morey, the General Manager …
Jeremy Burge / Emojipedia:
Peter Rubin / Wired:
Sony announces PlayStation 5 will launch in time for “holiday 2020”, featuring a new controller with haptic technology and triggers with varying resistance  —  Now that the name is official, we've got more details about Sony's next-gen console—from the haptics-packed controller to UI improvements.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Robinhood unveils Cash Management, which earns 2.05% APY interest on uninvested money in users' accounts, after 2018's botched roll out of its checking product  —  This time it actually has insurance.  Zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood is launching Cash Management, a new feature …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Arm announces consortium for autonomous vehicle tech, with General Motors, Nvidia, Denso, Toyota, Bosch, Arm, Continental, and NXP on board  —  Autonomous vehicles are exceedingly complex to develop, so Arm announced a consortium today to tackle the various safety and computing probles in a collaborative way.
More: TechCrunch and Arm
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple's Catalyst rollout with macOS Catalina has been muted, as devs say it's been more work than expected to port iPad apps, and consumers need to pay again  —  Last year, Apple Inc. software chief Craig Federighi said developers would be able to easily bring their iPad apps to Mac computers …
John Voorhees / MacStories:
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
Reuters:
Samsung projects operating income of $6.4B for Q3, beating analyst estimates, but down 56% YoY amid continued weakness in memory chip price and demand  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics on Tuesday reported its third-quarter operating profit likely tumbled 56% …
Michael Hayes / OneZero:
Leaked docs show Cellebrite has sold tech that can let NYC police “unlock and extract data from all iOS and high-end Android devices” on their own since 2018  —  Previously, if law enforcement wanted to get into newer devices, they had to send the phones to one of Cellebrite's …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Opera 64 desktop browser launches with inbuilt tracking protection using the EasyPrivacy Tracking Protection List, a powerful screenshot tool, and more  —  Opera doesn't want to miss the browser privacy bandwagon, and it's taking an unusual angle to sell it: it's promising a speed boost.
Austin Carr / Bloomberg:
Interviews with 36 people shed light on Quintillion, a fiber internet company working in the Arctic whose co-founder, Elizabeth Pierce, forged $1B in contracts  —  When he discovered that the ship's underwater plow was stuck at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, 50 miles off Alaska's coast, Frank Cuccio thought of Ernest Shackleton.
New York Times:
The Trump administration is inserting CDA 230-like protections into international trade deals that shield online platforms from lawsuits related to user content  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has begun inserting legal protections into recent trade agreements that shield online platforms …
iFixit:
iFixit's new teardown of the Galaxy Fold shows Samsung's durability improvements but suggests that the main display and folding mechanism are still fragile  —  Introduction Teardown Update: After Samsung tried to make our initial teardown disappear from the internet five months ago …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Norwegian e-paper tablet startup Remarkable raises $15M Series A from Spark Capital  —  Remarkable, the Norwegian startup behind the digital paper tablet of the same name, has raised $15 million in a series A round of funding from Spark Capital.  —  Founded out of Oslo in 2013 …
More: TechCrunch

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