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September 29, 2020, 7:45 AM

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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.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
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 …
Chris Duckett / ZDNet:
Multiple Microsoft 365 services including Office, Teams, Power Platform, and Dynamic365 are restored after major global outage for several hours  —  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.
Jason Del Rey / Vox:
Amazon unveils Amazon One, a new biometric technology that allows shoppers to pay using their palm, to be first implemented at two Amazon Go stores in Seattle  —  And, it hopes, other retailers' stores in the future.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  Amazon accounts for nearly 40 percent …
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
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 …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google Meet adds noise cancellation on Android and iOS for G Suite Enterprise and Enterprise for Education customers, and adds attendance reports for schools  —  After rolling out to desktops in June, Google Meet can now filter out disruptive sounds, thanks to noise cancellation on Android and iOS.
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Wide-ranging interview with Elon Musk on Neuralink and the future of brain chip implants, his thoughts on AI being an existential threat to humanity, and more  —  (SINGING) When you walk in the room, do you have sway?  —  [MUSIC PLAYING]  —  I'm Kara Swisher and this is Sway.  [MUSIC PLAYING]
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 …
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.
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