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September 10, 2020, 7:30 PM

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Kevin Collier / NBC News:
Microsoft says hackers working for Russia, China, and Iran have recently escalated their attacks on people and orgs involved in the US presidential election  —  Hackers working for Russia, China and Iran have recently escalated their attacks around the U.S. presidential race as Election Day looms, Microsoft says.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Facebook is piloting Campus, a section specifically designed for college students to interact with peers at their school, at 30 universities around the US  —  A place for college students to talk about school  —  Facebook is getting back to its roots today with the launch of a new product called Campus …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Microsoft Surface Duo review: has thin, beautiful hardware, good battery life, and runs two apps at once well, but software is too buggy and the camera is bad  —  All the right ideas — but spoiled by buggy software and a bad camera  —  Microsoft's Surface Duo aspires to be something different from any other gadget you've used.
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Twitter expands election misinfo policies, prohibiting misleading claims about results, “inciting unlawful conduct” to prevent peaceful transfer of power, more  —  Washington (CNN Business)Twitter announced Thursday that it is expanding its policies against election-related misinformation …
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
Apple Music's 3.4.0 beta APK contains a reference to Apple One, likely the name of the rumored Apple subscription bundle  —  Back in June, our colleagues at 9to5Mac discovered in the iOS 13.5 beta that Apple was planning to bundle their services into a single subscription.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
A Bluetooth vulnerability in standards 4.0 through 5.0 lets attackers gain access to authentication services; patch is not yet available  —  All devices using the Bluetooth standard 4.0 through 5.0 are vulnerable.  Patches not immediately available.  —  The organizations behind …
Joe Wituschek / iMore:
Epic says Apple will let existing Fortnite players on iOS continue to use Sign in with Apple, after receiving an “indefinite extension”  —  Sign in with Apple for Fortnite lives on.  —  What you need to know  — Apple is going to keep allowing Fortnite users to Sign in with Apple.
Oliver Haslam / iMore:
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who left Twitch for an exclusive deal with Mixer in August 2019, is back on Twitch, exclusively, in a multiyear deal with the site  —  He's got an exclusive, multiyear deal  —  Ninja's back on Twitch, exclusively, in a multiyear deal with the site.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Google says it will remove any Autocomplete suggestions that endorse or oppose a candidate or a party, or make a claim about voting or the electoral process  —  Ahead of the U.S. presidential election, Google says it's taken a number of steps to improve the quality of information …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Google unveils Android 11 Go Edition, which supports phones with 2GB of RAM, up from 1.5GB before, and says it can launch apps 20% faster than Android Go 10  —  Now that Android 11 has dropped, Google has unveiled Android 11 Go Edition with the aim of speeding up entry-level smartphones.
Miles Kruppa / Financial Times:
Sources: to allocate shares in its public listing, Unity is considering using a process similar to the Dutch auction Google used during its IPO  —  Video game software company will price offering after seeing bids from investors  —  Unity, which sells software to create video games …
Reuters:
Chainalysis: cryptocurrency transfers of under $10,000 to and from Africa jumped more than 55% in a year to reach $316M in June  —  LAGOS/LONDON (Reuters) - Four months ago, Abolaji Odunjo made a fundamental change to his business selling mobile phones in a bustling street market in Lagos: He started paying his suppliers in bitcoin.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Sources: the White House is considering Nathan Simington, an NTIA advisor who is said to have helped draft Trump's social media EO, as the next FCC commissioner  —  Trump withdrew an FCC veteran's nomination earlier this year  —  The Trump administration is considering an unconventional pick …
Paddy Baker / CoinDesk:
Square announces Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance, a non-profit which invites crypto companies to pool and share their patents  —  Jack Dorsey's payment company is inviting other cryptocurrency firms to join its “alliance” to pool patents and preserve the industry's open-source spirit.
NBC News:
Some US states are increasingly calling on National Guard's cybersecurity experts to help election officials in short staffed rural areas or small jurisdictions  —  Warren County in North Carolina has only three full-time staff members, and none of them are computer specialists.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Oracle reports Q1 revenue of $9.37B, rising 2% YoY and beating analyst estimates of $9.19B, with cloud services division revenue of $6.95B  —  - Oracle increased revenue in the quarter and topped estimates after sales declined in the prior period.  — President Trump said last month that Oracle could …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Portland, Oregon unanimously adopted ordinances banning the use of facial recognition tech by city agencies, including the police, and by private businesses  —  The Portland, Oregon City Council today unanimously voted to adopt two of the strongest bans of facial recognition technologies …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Bose announces $279 QuietComfort Earbuds, with 11 levels of noise cancellation, and $179 Sports Earbuds, both available on September 29th, with preorders today  —  The QuietComfort Earbuds offer 11 levels of noise cancellation  —  Bose is ready to reenter the competitive true wireless earbuds market with two new products.

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