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September 24, 2020, 7:05 PM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Ring unveils Always Home Cam, an autonomous drone that can fly around inside a house, expected to cost $249.99 when it starts shipping next year  —  The Always Home Cam is an ambitious new home security device  —  Ring latest home security camera is taking flight, literally.
Jessica Conditt / Engadget:
Amazon announces Luna cloud gaming service, going live in October for $5.99/month, with a gamepad and support for Fire TV, PC, Mac, iOS, and later for Android  —  Spoiler: It's not a native iOS app.  —  4m ago  —  Luna is what happens when you take the subscription model of Prime Video …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Amazon announces $250 Echo Show 10 with a motorized base that can move the screen, a 13MP camera that keeps the user in shot, and more, with pre-orders today  —  The latest Alexa-powered smart display isn't content with sitting still  —  Amazon has just announced the latest iteration …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon announces redesigned spherical Echo devices, including $99 Echo, $60 Echo Dot with Clock, and $50 Echo Dot, with on-board speech analysis  —  Amazon just unveiled an all-new Echo with a revamped design.  It comes in three colors and features a spherical design.
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Epic, Spotify, Match Group, and others form the Coalition for App Fairness to pressure Apple and other app store owners to make changes to marketplace rules  —  The Coalition for App Fairness is seeking legal and regulatory means to address how Apple, other app marketplace operators work with developers
Sean Lyngaas / CyberScoop:
Facebook says it removed 200+ accounts Thursday that were associated with US election interference in the past, “including those involved in DC leaks in 2016”  —  Facebook on Thursday removed over 200 phony accounts and dozens of pages that originated in Russia and pumped …
Wired:
A look at Twitter's hack on July 15, the drastic changes it made in the immediate aftermath, and its plans to prevent an Election Day meltdown  —  On July 15, Twitter melted down.  On Election Day, that's not an option.  —  JULY 15 WAS, at first, just another day for Parag Agrawal, the chief technology officer of Twitter.
Rob Davies / The Guardian:
Ex-Cambridge Analytica head Alexander Nix banned from running limited companies for seven years over “potentially unethical” behavior linked to the scandal  —  Alexander Nix, the former boss of Cambridge Analytica, has been banned from serving as a company director for seven years over …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook outlines new rules for its internal Workplace, including banning profile pictures that promote specific political candidates or causes  —  - Facebook on Thursday outlined its new set of rules for employee communications within Workplace, the company's internal social network.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple is now letting customers return only the band, instead of the entire Watch, if they bought a Watch with an ill-fitting Solo Loop band  —  Apple has reversed course and created an online band-only return method for customers who purchased an Apple Watch Series 6 or Apple Watch SE …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Hootsuite says it will terminate its ICE contract after disagreements within the company spilled over into public view when an employee tweeted about the deal  —  After disagreements within the company spilled over into public controversy, Hootsuite says it won't go forward with a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Amazon announces updated $40 Fire TV and $30 Fire TV Stick Lite with new home screen for easier content discoverability, arriving on September 30  —  - Amazon announced two new Fire TV products during its big online hardware event on Thursday.  — Amazon's Fire TV products compete directly …
Biz Carson / Protocol:
Marc Bodnick launches Telepath, a “kinder” social network with Reddit's subreddit topic structure, Twitter's in-the-moment feel, and Snapchat's ephemerality  —  The rules of the new social network Telepath are simple: Be kind.  Don't be mean.  No harassment, and no fake news.
Sam Shead / CNBC:
Facebook's Oversight Board says it expects to start before the election, in mid to late October, after criticism for a perceived lack of action  —  - The independent Facebook OverSight Board has confirmed to CNBC that it plans to launch ahead of U.S. election in November.
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter says its test to prompt users to read articles before retweeting was a success, with users opening articles 40% more and sometimes opting not to retweet  —  Twitter's experiment to get people to actually read the content they're sharing is going so well the company plans to expand it to the platform at large “very soon.”
James Vincent / The Verge:
Zoom canceled a talk by a Palestinian hijacker at SFSU after threats of criminal liability for “material support”; YouTube, Facebook also stopped the talk  —  Facebook and YouTube also apparently intervened  —  Zoom has canceled a webinar due to be held at San Francisco State University …

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