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September 26, 2020, 5:10 PM

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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Inside eBay's alleged plot that targeted a blogging duo and a Twitter gadfly using cockroaches, porn, death threats, physical surveillance, and pizza deliveries  —  “People are basically good” was eBay's founding principle.  But in the deranged summer of 2019, prosecutors say …
Financial Times:
US sets export restrictions on China's biggest chipmaker SMIC, saying exports to SMIC posed an “unacceptable risk” of being diverted to “military end use”  —  Move against SMIC further hurts chip sector after penalties on Huawei  —  The US government …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Facebook exec says right-wing drives more engagement because its “populism is always more engaging,” as it speaks to “an incredibly strong, primitive emotion”  —  Throughout 2020, Democrats have denounced Facebook with growing ferocity as a “right-wing echo chamber” …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Source code of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 has leaked online on various file sharing sites this week; Microsoft says it is “investigating the matter”  —  Windows Server 2003 source also included  —  Microsoft's source code for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 has leaked online.
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
DOJ files its opposition to TikTok's request to halt Trump ban, says blocking the ban will infringe on Trump's authority, calls ByteDance CEO mouthpiece for CCP  —  TikTok is seeking to stave off a ban set to take effect Sunday  —  The Justice Department filed its opposition Friday …
Mehr Nadeem / Rest of World:
A look at how Iranians are using satellite file-casting app Toosheh to bypass state internet blackouts as the country pushes its national intranet  —  With the threat of another big internet blackout looming, companies are creating workarounds for Iranians using satellite dishes.  —  • LAHORE, PAKISTAN
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Alphabet settles shareholder lawsuit over its handling of sexual harassment claims, agrees to eliminate mandatory arbitration and limit Google's use of NDAs  —  - Alphabet has reached a settlement with shareholders in a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct mishandling and cover-up by executives …
Ethan Gach / Kotaku:
Report: longtime Ubisoft veteran and Rayman creator Michel Ancel retired from the game publisher earlier this month while being investigated for toxic behavior  —  Rayman creator, Beyond Good and Evil 2 director, and longtime Ubisoft veteran Michel Ancel retired from the video game publisher earlier …

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