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September 7, 2020, 1:30 AM

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New York Times:
Nonparent staffers at companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Salesforce are increasingly voicing grievances over the extra benefits for parents working from home  —  Pandemic policies at tech companies have created a rift between parents offered more benefits and resentful workers who don't have children.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Interview with Reed Hastings, on the future of Hollywood, the US election and social media, his new book about Netflix's aggressive company culture, and more  —  Netflix started with sending DVDs — remember them? — through the mail, but now the streaming pioneer sits atop a Hollywood it has thoroughly upended.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
In court filing, Epic says Fortnite has 116M iOS users, a third of the game's 350M users, and iOS DAUs declined by 60%+ since its removal from the App Store  —  Epic is formally asking for a preliminary injunction  —  Shortly before midnight on the Friday before Labor Day weekend …
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
A look at the role of WeChat in China and abroad, its differences with TikTok, and how its features are inextricably woven with surveillance and censorship  —  A vital connection for the Chinese diaspora, the app has also become a global conduit of Chinese state propaganda, surveillance and intimidation.
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:
US government is considering adding Chinese chip manufacturer SMIC to the Entity List, which would block US companies from selling SMIC tech without a license  —  Pentagon says the Trump administration is weighing possible trade sanction on SMIC  —  The Trump administration …
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon bans foreign plant sales in the US, after mystery seeds sent to households this summer led US officials to raise alarm over ease of e-commerce seed sales  —  Shift by the e-commerce giant comes as agricultural authorities investigate the delivery of thousands of packets of seeds
Steven Levy / Wired:
Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs on the “Holy Wars of Wireless” and why there is no US equivalent to Huawei that is pioneering next gen wireless infrastructure  —  Plus: Wireless at the turn of the century, a highly anticipated question, and a surprise in the stratosphere.
Andy Chalk / PC Gamer:
Twitch says it is shutting down Twitch Sings, a live streaming karaoke game it had co-developed with Rock Band studio Harmonix, on January 1, 2021  —  Twitch said it's being shuttered to ‘invest in broader tools and services’ for its music community.  —  Twitch Sings has sung its last …
PYMNTS.com:
Fashionphile, an ecommerce site for pre-owned goods, raises $38.5M Series B led by NewSpring Growth  —  Pre-owned online shopping firm Fashionphile has raised $38.5 million in NewSpring Growth-led Series B funding.  The infusion comes after the April 2019 minority investment of Neiman Marcus in the company …

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