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September 29, 2020, 2:40 PM

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Jason Del Rey / Vox:
Amazon unveils Amazon One, a biometric technology that lets shoppers pay using their palm, coming first to two Amazon Go stores in Seattle  —  Amazon wants shoppers at its stores — and those of other retailers — to pay by palm with Amazon One.  Amazon  —  And, it hopes, at other retailers' stores in the future.
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Microsoft's Bing search app will appear as a download prompt on new Android phones in Germany, UK, and France, after it won slots in a Google auction for rivals  —  Microsoft Corp.'s Bing search app will appear as a download prompt on new Android phones in Germany, the U.K. and France after it won slots in a Google auction for rivals.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook introduces Accounts Center, a tool for managing the growing number of settings across Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger  —  Despite being under antitrust investigations in U.S. and E.U., Facebook today is rolling out a new feature that highlights the extent to which its suite of apps now interoperate.
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
Disney launches GroupWatch on Disney+, letting up to seven people watch in sync; viewers can react using emoji but can't chat  —  New York (CNN Business)Pandemic lockdowns have given many people the time to binge watch hours of streaming, but not the ability to do so with friends.
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]
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 …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU is set to approve Google's Fitbit acquisition  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Alphabet's Google is set to win EU antitrust approval for its $2.1 billion purchase of fitness tracker maker Fitbit to take on Apple and Samsung in the wearable technology market, people familiar with the matter said.
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Lenovo debuts foldable ThinkPad X1 Fold with a 13-inch OLED screen, 11th-gen Intel processors, and 8GB RAM, available for pre-order now, starting at $2,499  —  Plus, a bunch of ThinkBooks  —  Lenovo has announced a ThinkPad like no ThinkPad you've ever seen before: the ThinkPad X1 Fold.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
D-Wave launches Advantage, a cloud service that offers access to 5,000+ qubit quantum computing and a hybrid solver service that can handle 1M variables  —  D-Wave today launched its next-generation quantum computing platform available via its Leap quantum cloud service.
Leigh Cuen / CoinDesk:
Vienna-based crypto brokerage Bitpanda raises $52M Series A led by Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures, bringing its total raised to ~$100M  —  European crypto brokerage Bitpanda, based in Vienna and founded in 2014, is announcing the completion of a $52 million Series A led by PayPal legend Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures.
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.
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.
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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