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September 28, 2020, 11:40 PM

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Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
With Netflix, Spotify, and others bypassing Google's 30% cut of IAPs, Google now says all Play Store apps must use its billing system, giving a year to comply  —  Some companies like Netflix and Spotify had avoided making the payment when people paid for something inside their apps.
Brian Armstrong / The Coinbase Blog:
Coinbase publishes a “clarification” of its mission, stating it won't take on activism outside of its focus or debate causes or political candidates internally  —  There have been a lot of difficult events in the world this year: a global pandemic, shelter in place, social unrest …
Channel 4 News:
A leak of data used by Trump's 2016 campaign, spanning 5,000+ files and ~5TB, details ~200M Americans, with a “Deterrence” label applied to 3.5M Black Americans  —  3.5 million Black Americans were profiled and categorised as ‘Deterrence’ by Trump campaign - voters they wanted to stay home on election day
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku launches a redesigned $100 Ultra with Dolby Vision, shipping in Oct., with plans to add AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to some 4K Roku models later in 2020  —  Roku is launching a redesigned version of its top-of-the-line Ultra player and announced plans to introduce a new standalone app for its free Roku Channel later this year.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Roku launches $130 Streambar, which combines a compact soundbar with a 4K and HDR streaming device, shipping in mid-October  —  A 14-inch soundbar with 4K / HDR streaming  —  A year after Roku announced its Smart Soundbar, the company is back with the Streambar, which combines a compact soundbar with a 4K / HDR streaming device.
Chris Duckett / ZDNet:
Multiple Microsoft 365 services including Office, Teams, Power Platform, and Dynamic365 are being restored after major outage  —  Microsoft continuing to look into the problem after roll back fails to solve issue.  —  Microsoft is currently looking into an authentication error hitting its Office 365 systems.
Malcolm Owen / AppleInsider:
Judge proposes a jury trial for the Apple vs Epic case, likely to start in July 2021, while seemingly pushing back on some of Epic's key points in the hearing  —  During Monday's hearing for Epic and Apple's legal battle over the App Store and “Fortnite,” the judge suggested that the public's opinion …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Former Amazon exec and her family settle with SEC over insider trading scheme that led to profits of $1.4M, agree to penalties of $1M+ and to pay back profits  —  A senior manager in Amazon's tax department ran an insider trading scheme in which she, along with her husband and father-in-law …
Tawnell D. Hobbs / Wall Street Journal:
After Las Vegas-area school officials refuse to pay a ransom, hackers publish information on students, including social security numbers and grades  —  Clark County in Nevada is largest known school district hit by hackers during Covid-19 pandemic  —  A hacker published documents containing …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: DuckDuckGo failed to win Google's Q4 auction for placement on Android's default search engine choice screen in big EU countries  —  DuckDuckGo is among search engines that lost most auctions to appear in system Google built to comply with a 2018 EU antitrust decision
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
Disney sells TrueX, an ad-tech company it absorbed as part of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets in 2019, to Gimbal; a source says for less than $100M  —  Gimbal wants TrueX's technology to go after the ‘addressable-TV’ market, where different ads are shown to different households
Jess Joho / Mashable:
A look back at HOTorNOT, created in 2000 by two UC Berkeley grads on a lark, which was one of the first popular sites to let users create a public profile  —  The forgotten joke website influenced YouTube, Twitter, Tinder, and so much more  —  Before MySpace, before Facebook, before Twitter …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches Personal Shopper for men's fashion for $4.99 per month, expanding on its similar offering for women rivalling Stitch Fix  —  Amazon is introducing a personal shopping service for men's fashion.  The service, now available to Prime members, is an expansion of the existing Personal Shopper …
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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google says it's working on making it easier for Android users to install and use third-party app stores, starting with Android 12 next year  —  Google today announced it will make it easier to install and use third-party app stores with the release of Android 12 next year.

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