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August 20, 2020, 2:30 AM

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Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Facebook removes over 980 Groups, 520 Pages, and 160 ads for “US-based militia organizations” and those that identify as Antifa  —  Facebook has taken down or restricted more than 10,000 groups, pages and Instagram accounts associated with QAnon, in the latest effort …
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Facebook says it has further cracked down on QAnon, removing 790 Groups and restricting another 1,950 Groups, 440 Pages, and over 10,000 Instagram accounts  —  The social network also said it was restricting another 1,950 groups, 440 pages on Facebook and more than 10,000 accounts on Instagram related to the conspiracy group.
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Apple becomes the first US company to reach a $2T market cap during intraday trading, two years after reaching $1T  —  Just two years after becoming the first U.S. company to reach a $1 trillion market capitalization, Apple has officially doubled its value to $2 trillion.
New York Times:
Kate Cox / Ars Technica:
Police in NYC and Miami have reportedly used facial recognition software to arrest people who allegedly committed crimes during Black Lives Matter protests  —  Cops' use of the tech among the list of things protesters are demonstrating against.  —  Law enforcement in several cities …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Airbnb said it submitted its draft S-1 for an IPO to the SEC on Wednesday  —  - Airbnb on Wednesday announced that it has submitted a draft registration to the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering.  —  Airbnb on Wednesday announced that it has submitted …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Ankhi Das, a top Facebook exec in India, filed a criminal complaint against journalist Awesh Tiwari for sharing a WSJ article critical of Das on Facebook  —  Facebook regional director Ankhi Das should withdraw her criminal complaint against journalist Awesh Tiwari, and respect citizens' rights …
Reuters:
Sources: Facebook and Ankhi Das, its top lobbying exec in India, face questions from employees over moderation, with calls to denounce “anti-Muslim bigotry”  —  NEW DELHI/BENGALURU (Reuters) - Facebook (FB.O) and its top lobbying executive in India, Ankhi Das …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Zoom says it is adding support for Amazon Echo Show, Facebook Portal, and Google Nest Hub Max later this year  —  Zoom from even more places  —  Zoom is expanding to a variety of new devices later this year, with the company announcing that the Amazon Echo Show, Facebook Portal …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Netflix confirms it's been testing a “Shuffle Play” feature, which will randomly play content based on what a user watches or saves to a list, since July  —  One variant is called Shuffle Play, and you might already see it  —  Does your Netflix home screen — you know …
Ed Sealover / Denver Business Journal:
Palantir lists Denver as its headquarters on its website, after Alex Karp said in a May interview that Palantir was considering moving out of Silicon Valley  —  Palantir Technologies Inc., a $20 billion data-analysis software firm that sells its products to governments to help them track everything …
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Wall Street Journal:
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Taiwan-based iKala, which offers AI-based customer acquisition and engagement services, raises $17M Series B led by Wistron Digital Technology  —  Taiwanese startup iKala, which offers an artificial intelligence-based customer acquisition and engagement platform, will expand …
Pew Research Center:
Survey: 73% of US adults say it is very or somewhat likely social media sites intentionally censor political views; 90% of Republicans and 59% Democrats agree  —  Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to say major tech companies favor the views of liberals over conservatives.

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