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September 17, 2020, 11:00 PM

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New York Times:
Sources: Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom has had preliminary talks about becoming TikTok's new CEO  —  The video app is also looking for a new chief executive and has talked to candidates including a founder of Instagram.  —  WASHINGTON — The Chinese company that owns TikTok has accepted …
CNBC:
Sources: ByteDance plans US IPO for new global TikTok business if Trump approves deal including Walmart and Oracle, which will take less than a 20% global stake  —  - President Trump is expected to decide on TikTok's fate in the U.S. in the next 24-36 hours, sources told CNBC's David Faber.
Washington Post:
Sources: Steven Mnuchin is attempting to push through a TikTok deal enabling it to retain some Chinese ownership, despite security concerns from lawmakers  —  The deal would let the U.S. government approve the company's board and require TikTok to plan to go public
Bloomberg:
A look at the alliance of convenience between Facebook and Trump admin as sources say Zuckerberg told employees that Facebook is likely to fare better under GOP  —  In late 2019, during one of Mark Zuckerberg's many trips to Washington to defend Facebook in front of Congress …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook says it will specify which parts of its internal Workplace are for discussing political issues so staffers don't have to confront such issues at work  —  - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday outlined to employees a new set of principles to guide debates and conversations within Workplace …
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Data analytics company Sumo Logic's stock closed at $26.88 per share, up 22% from opening, raising more than $325M in its IPO and valuing the company at ~$2.2B  —  Shares of Sumo Logic Inc. jumped more than 20% when they hit the stock market Thursday after the cloud-based machine data analytics firm raised …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
A bug in the first public release of iOS 14 is making the default browser or mail app settings reset to Apple's Safari or Mail when the device reboots  —  One of the new features in iOS 14 is the ability to change the default email or browser app to a third-party alternative such as Chrome, Edge, or Outlook.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook launches Facebook Business Suite, which lets SMBs manage their pages and profiles across Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger from a single interface  —  Facebook on Thursday launched a new app named Facebook Business Suite that lets small businesses manage their pages and profiles across Facebook …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Twitter rolls out security features for high-profile political accounts, including enabling password reset protection and security prompts, ahead of US election  —  It's automatically turning on password reset protection  —  Twitter will start prompting high-profile political accounts …
Eric Geller / Politico:
US charges 3 alleged state-backed Iranian hackers with stealing sensitive info on aerospace and satellite tech from 2015-2019, detailing spear phishing attack  —  The hackers allegedly impersonated real U.S. citizens in the targeted industries.  —  A participant looks at lines of code …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook says it will limit the spread of private groups focused on health advice and those with ties to violence, and will archive groups without admins  —  - Facebook announced new policies that will limit the spread of private groups on its social network that focus on giving users health advice …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple Watch Series 6 hands-on: always-on screen is bright and the best feature, but it's an iterative update and blood oxygen monitor gave some failed readings  —  Also a very red smartwatch  —  I've had just under 24 hours with the new Apple Watch Series 6, which is just enough time to gather a handful of impressions.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Mozilla says it is permanently shutting down Firefox Send after some users sent malware and conducted spear phishing attacks using the file-sharing service  —  Expanding beyond the Firefox browser to online services isn't simple.  —  Mozilla permanently shut down its Firefox Send service …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Google updates Play Store rules banning stalkerware apps unless they include an “adequate notice or consent” and show a “persistent notification”  —  Ban is meaningless as Google leaves a giant loophole in the rules, allowing stalkerware devs to rebrand their apps as child trackers.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Apple's iOS 14.2 developer beta adds Music Recognition feature in Control Center, using Shazam tech for song identification of audio in apps and the environment  —  iOS 14.2 can identify songs that are playing inside your apps  —  Apple bought music recognition app Shazam in 2018 …
Bloomberg:
Sources: CFIUS sent letters to Epic, Riot, and other game companies asking for information about their data security protocols involving Tencent  —  - Cfius sent letters to gaming companies about data security  — Move is part of heightened scrutiny on Chinese companies
Michael Steeber / 9to5Mac:
Apple says it will open its online store in India on September 23  —  Apple announced today that it plans to open its online store in India on September 23.  The expansion will bring direct sales and an improved shopping experience to customers in the region for the first time.

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