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September 4, 2020, 1:35 AM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook says it will stop accepting new political ads a week before the US presidential election, as part of steps to protect against election interference  —  Striking a compromise to prevent election misinformation  —  Facebook will stop taking new political advertising in the United States …
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Facebook says it will take down a video of Trump suggesting people vote twice in North Carolina “unless it is shared to correct the record”  —  Facebook, citing its policies against voter fraud, will take down a video of President Trump suggesting people vote twice in North Carolina …
Steve Kovach / CNBC:
Facebook's new policies on the US election are so narrow, and come into effect so late, that they won't have any real effect on election misinformation  —  - Facebook on Thursday said it would ban new political ads in the week before the Nov. 3 presidential election and enforce …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook says it will limit message forwarding on Messenger to five people or groups at a time to tackle the spread of misinformation  —  The social network said it would block new political ads in late October, among other measures, to reduce misinformation and interference.
New York Times:
Sources: DOJ plans to file antitrust charges against Google as soon as this month, after AG Barr overruled career lawyers who said they needed more time  —  The attorney general is said to have set a deadline over the objections of career lawyers who say they need more time to build the case.
Alex Heath / The Information:
Apple confirms it will delay enforcement of IDFA changes in iOS 14 until early next year “to give developers the time they need to make the necessary changes”  —  Apple plans to delay the enforcement of a controversial change to its next mobile operating system that would upend …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook told employees it deleted an event page for Kenosha Guard but internal docs show it was deleted by the page admin; Facebook apologizes for the error  —  Sandra Fiehrer thought she was helping Facebook enforce its own rules when she reported “Armed Citizens to Protect our Lives and Property …
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
Source: only the iPhone 12 Pro Max will support speedy millimeter-wave 5G, and the feature will be limited to the US, South Korea, and Japan  —  Just one of the new iPhones Apple is set to announce will support the faster millimeter-wave flavor of 5G wireless service, a wireless industry source tells Fast Company.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches Alexa for Residential, a service for property managers to set up and maintain Alexa-powered smart home devices in their buildings  —  Amazon wants to bring Alexa to property managers.  The company this morning launched a new service, Alexa for Residential …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
France will spend $8.4B on digital investments, including for startups and infrastructure, over the next two years as part of its economic stimulus plan  —  The French government unveiled a massive $120 million (€100 billion) stimulus package earlier today to recover from the economic downturn …
Johann Lau / The Keyword:
Google Maps is prioritizing traffic patterns from the last 2 to 4 weeks to predict traffic amid lockdowns and working with DeepMind to accurately predict ETAs  —  Every day, over 1 billion kilometers are driven with Google Maps in more than 220 countries and territories around the world.
Ewan Morgan / Washington Post:
Ownership of esports teams and leagues, particularly by state-backed companies like Tencent, has drawn scrutiny from human rights advocates and watchdog orgs  —  On June 29, Riot Games published the following statement on their website.  “It's been a year of breaking new ground so far …

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