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September 24, 2020, 11:20 AM

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Sean Endicott / Windows Central:
Microsoft says a standalone, non-subscription version of Office will be released in the second half of 2021 for both Windows and Mac  —  Microsoft will release a new perpetual release of Microsoft Office in the second half of 2021.  The new perpetual release only appears in a single sentence …
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
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.
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google rolls out updates to Maps with a layer showing COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, with labels to indicate trends, coming to 220 countries and territories  —  Google today announced an update to Google Maps that will bring a new COVID-19 layer to the service to help you better understand the number of cases in a given area.
John Herrman / New York Times:
TikTok users in the US are experiencing something long familiar to much of the world: a flourishing online social space existentially threatened by politics  —  Banned apps, nefarious theories, trade wars, voiceless users.  The case of TikTok isn't news to most of the world.
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Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:
NUVIA, which makes energy-efficient chips for data centers and enterprises, raises $240M Series B led by Mithril Capital  —  Climate change is on everyone's minds these days, what with the outer Bay Area on fire, orange skies above San Francisco, and a hurricane season that is bearing …
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Twitter says it will begin testing audio DMs soon, after introducing support for audio in tweets, starting in Brazil  —  Shout into my DMs  —  After rolling out audio tweets for iOS in June, Twitter is now experimenting with the idea of letting people record and send voice messages through direct messages.
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Sundar Pichai says Google is planning “hybrid” models for future work, to allow partial work from home as 62% of employees want to have that flexibility  —  - Most Google employees want to return to the office at some point, but not every day, according to a recent Google survey …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Spectrum Labs, which helps online services identify toxic content and respond, raises $10M Series A led by Greycroft, bringing its total raised to $14M  —  With the US presidential election now 40 days away, all eyes are focused on how online conversations, in conjunction with other hallmarks …
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Bloomberg:
Sources: Deliveroo has begun preliminary talks to explore the possibility of an IPO in 2021  —  - Amazon-backed company eyes potential listing in 2021  — Food delivery companies have held up during virus pandemic  —  U.K. food-delivery startup Deliveroo has begun preliminary talks …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
NHS COVID-19, a contact tracing app created by the UK government, launches in England and Wales with Exposure Notification API from Apple and Google  —  NHS COVID-19, a contact tracing app created by the UK government, is rolling out to residents of England and Wales as of today, with the app available from the iOS App Store.
Jeff Stone / CyberScoop:
How Arkady Bukh, a New York-based immigrant from the former Soviet bloc, emerged as the go-to defense lawyer for the cybercrime underworld  —  Sergey Pavlovich needed a fixer.  The 32-year-old ex-con was living in Moscow in 2015 after serving nearly eight years behind bars in Belarus …
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
GOAT Group, operator of online sneaker marketplace GOAT, has raised $100M Series E from D1 Capital Partners, source says at a $1.75B valuation  —  New funding round values the company at $1.75 billion, according to a person familiar with the deal  —  Goat Group, best known for its online marketplace …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple iPad (2020) review: fast with a robust selection of apps and 128GB model is good value, but lacks multi-user support and USB-C; 32GB model is inadequate  —  It's really great, but the limitations are becoming grating  —  The new 2020 edition of the iPad, now in its eighth generation, continues to be an iPad.
Chris Welch / The Verge:

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