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October 20, 2019, 7:45 PM

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Owen S. Good / Polygon:
Twitch is testing Watch Parties, a feature that allows streamers to screen Prime Video content that their viewers can watch along if they have Amazon Prime  —  This is fargin' awesome!  —  Twitch is now testing out a long-requested “watch parties” feature, which means that streamers …
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
Twitch CEO Emmett Shear talks about company's approach to content moderation and changes announced at TwitchCon, including new tools for moderators, and more  —  At this year's TwitchCon in San Diego — a celebratory, over-the-top affair that brought in streamers and fans from all over the world …
New York Times:
Comparing Trump and Democratic 2020 presidential campaigns online: it's “like a supercar racing a little Volkswagen Bug”, with Democrats being the Volkswagen  —  On any given day, the Trump campaign is plastering ads all over Facebook, YouTube and the millions of sites served by Google …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
How TikTok is making inroads into US schools, as students create TikTok clubs to riff on the latest memes, and shoot videos on Newton's Laws for extra credit  —  Teens love the app, and now it's getting the stamp of approval with teacher-approved clubs.  Did school just get ... fun?
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Y Combinator partners talk about its online Startup School program, which has enlisted 30K+ startups, as the institution tries to overcome its insular image  —  About 30,000 startups have enrolled in the accelerator's online program, as the iconic institution tries to overcome its insular image.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
ESET details a hacking campaign, active for the past 6 years, by the Russia-linked group the Dukes or Cozy Bear, which was thought to be dormant since DNC hack  —  Largely out of the spotlight since 2016, Cozy Bear hackers have been caught perpetrating a years-long campaign.
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
David Sacks' Craft Ventures, which led Bird's Series A round, has closed its second fund with $500M, up from the $350M it had closed for its debut fund  —  Craft Ventures, the venture firm launched in 2017 by serial entrepreneur David Sacks, has closed its second fund with $500 million …

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