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September 19, 2020, 2:50 AM

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Steve Kovach / CNBC:
Commerce Department announces that it will ban US downloads of and business transactions with TikTok and WeChat on Sunday  —  - The Commerce Department announced it will ban U.S. business transactions with China-owned social apps WeChat and TikTok on Sunday.
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Jason Koebler / VICE:
Banning TikTok from US app stores but allowing it to operate until Nov. 12 prevents TikTok from patching any security vulnerabilities found in the meantime  —  Any TikTok vulnerabilities patched by ByteDance will continue to persist for Americans and Americans only under Trump's new TikTok ban.
Ina Fried / Axios:
New York Times:
In August Facebook said it would crack down on QAnon, but analysis shows QAnon is flourishing on the site, at times aided by Facebook's recommendation engine  —  The social network tried cracking down on the spread of the conspiracy theory and other extremist material.  But QAnon groups are still flourishing on the site.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
DOJ charges six people who allegedly bribed Amazon employees and contractors since at least 2017 in a scheme to benefit some third-party sellers  —  - The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday charged six individuals who allegedly bribed Amazon employees and contractors …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Comcast reaches a deal with Roku to ensure NBCU's Peacock service is carried on Roku devices, after NBCU threatened to pull its TV Everywhere channels  —  - Agreement ensures Peacock is carried on streaming platform  — NBC's threat came amid dispute with Roku over advertising
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Epic says it will end macOS support for Fortnite: Save the World on September 23  —  Epic and Apple's squabble will pull the plug on Mac support for this PvE version of ‘Fortnite.’  —  Fortnite: Save the World — a castle building players-vs-zombies version of the game that preceded …
Cade Metz / New York Times:
24 of 35 living American Turing award winners, including Alphabet chair John Hennessy, endorse Biden, citing the harm of Trump's immigration policies to tech  —  They said the administration's policies were driving away technology talent and could do long-term damage to their industry.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Google has restored India's Paytm app after pulling it from Play Store ahead of the IPL cricket tournament; sources say for violating its gambling policies  —  Google has pulled Indian financial services app Paytm from the Play Store for repeatedly violating its policies.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
A look at iOS 14's privacy-centric features including mic and camera access notifications, local network access control, compromised password warnings, and more  —  Behold: The useful and not-so-useful privacy features you've been waiting for.  —  Eleven months ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook declared privacy a “fundamental human right.”

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