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September 16, 2020, 7:55 AM

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Ben Geman / Axios:
Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashton Kutcher, and others join a 24-hour freeze of Facebook and Instagram accounts for #StopHateForProfit  —  Kim Kardashian West announced that she will freeze her Instagram and Facebook accounts on Wednesday because the platforms …
BuzzFeed News:
Internal memo from a fired Facebook data scientist says large amounts of inauthentic bot activity has boosted many countries' leaders, with Facebook slow to act  —  Facebook ignored or was slow to act on evidence that fake accounts on its platform have been undermining elections …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Apple debuts Apple Watch Series 6 for $399 in new colors, including red and graphite, with a similar design, a chip that's up to 20% faster, blood oxygen sensor  —  Including a Product (RED) model for the first time  —  Apple has announced the Apple Watch Series 6, the latest in its line of popular smartwatches.
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Wesley Hilliard / AppleInsider:
Spotify calls on authorities to restrict “Apple's anti-competitive behavior”; Apple says alternatives to its services exist, bundling can save customers money  —  Spotify released a public statement after Apple's Time Flies event to protest the newly announced Apple One bundle …
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Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Sources: teens are being paid by conservative youth org Turning Point Action to promote pro-Trump posts on Twitter and Facebook; Twitter suspended ~20 accounts  —  One tweet claimed coronavirus numbers were intentionally inflated, adding, “It's hard to know what to believe.”  Another warned, “Don't trust Dr. Fauci.”
Anders Melin / Bloomberg:
Source: Stripe plans to make one-time payments of $20K to staff who opt to move out of San Francisco, NYC, or Seattle but will cut their base salaries up to 10%  —  - Moving out of Bay Area, NYC may come with pay cut of up to 10%  — Other tech firms have also mulled cuts for workers who move
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the FTC is preparing a possible antitrust lawsuit against Facebook by year-end, but no final decision has been made on whether to sue Facebook  —  No final decision has been made on the outcome of a yearlong probe as discussions with the social-media giant continue
David Meyer / Fortune:
EU's top court says that net neutrality rules ban zero rating, confirming that ISPs can't bundle services whose use is exempted from customers' data caps  —  Our mission to help you navigate the new normal is fueled by subscribers.  To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today.
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Microsoft open sources Project OneFuzz, a testing framework for Azure used to discover vulnerabilities in software projects  —  Microsoft's open-source Project OneFuzz automates the detection of software bugs that could be security issues.  —  Microsoft has released a new open-source …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Sources: Microsoft plans to build a WeChat-like experience across its 365 services in the form of a “MetaOS”  —  Microsoft has a strategy to build a WeChat-like experience across its various Microsoft 365 business and consumer services in the form of a ‘MetaOS’ foundational layer.
More: CSOTweets: @maryjofoley
Financial Times:
Sources: ByteDance plans to place TikTok's global business in a standalone US-based company, likely with Oracle, Walmart, and others as minority shareholders  —  Agreement put before US means ByteDance retains majority shareholding, with Oracle holding minority stake
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple updates iPad Air with 10.9" edge-to-edge display, iPad Pro-like design, Touch ID in power button, USB-C, and A14 chip, shipping next month from $599  —  Apple has a familiar-looking design for its latest iPad Air update  —  Apple is unveiling a new iPad Air today that looks very similar to the company's iPad Pro.
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
A look at Gen Z Mafia, a Discord server where young people in tech who are seeking to break into the industry can discuss ideas and collaborate  —  A group of young tech enthusiasts are carving their own path on Discord.  —  For young people, breaking into the cutthroat tech industry …

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