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October 1, 2020, 12:10 PM

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Google says it will pay publishers $1B+ through 2023 to create and curate high-quality journalism for the new Google News Showcase, starting in Germany, Brazil  —  Google will pay publishers more than $1 billion over the next three years to create and curate high-quality journalism for a new set …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils $549 Surface Laptop Go with smaller 12.4-inch display, 10th-gen Intel Core i5, in three models, available for preorder today, shipping Oct. 13  —  This new Surface laptop is smaller, lighter, and less powerful  —  Microsoft is introducing a new Surface Laptop Go today …
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
Microsoft updates the Surface Pro X with a faster SQ2 processor and a new silvery platinum color, starting at $1,500  —  October is here, which means it's time again for Microsoft to release new hardware.  While the Surface Duo may have been the talk of the town last month with its intriguing …
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Google unveils Pixel 5 with a 6-inch 90Hz OLED display, ultrawide rear-facing camera instead of zoom lens, 5G, 8GB RAM, and fingerprint sensor on back for $699  —  It's October, so despite the weird year we're having, Google is hosting a (virtual) event to show off its latest smartphone, the Pixel 5.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google introduces a new Android feature called Hold for Me, which uses Assistant to monitor held phone calls and notify the user when taken off hold  —  Google has been pushing forward the capabilities of what a smartphone can do when it comes to one of the device's most basic — if these days often overlooked — features: phone calls.
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook says it will ban Facebook and Instagram ads that seek to delegitimize the outcome of an election, including calling specific voting methods fraudulent  —  - Facebook on Wednesday announced that it will not allow any ads on its service that seek to delegitimize the outcome of an election …
Traf:
A designer shares how he generated $100K+ selling custom app icon sets via a simple website when iPhone home screen customization exploded after iOS 14 release  —  This title is a little misleading.  Sure, it took me 6 days to amass 3,626 sales for a total of $101,528, but like any overnight success, it was years in the making.
The Economic Times:
Indian startups blame Google for “unfair exploitation” of Play Store's monopoly after Google began to enforce its in-app purchasing policy with 30% commission  —  Tech giant says companies have multiple store options, can also use websites  —  Indian startups are up in arms …
Gordon Corera / BBC:
UK report says Huawei has failed to adequately tackle security flaws in its telco equipment despite previous complaints  —  Huawei has failed to adequately tackle security flaws in equipment used in the UK's telecoms networks despite previous complaints, an official report says.
Shira Ovide / New York Times:
By making Instagram and Messenger interoperate, Facebook is entrenching itself, making it harder for a regulator to break it up and for rivals to unseat it  —  The more Facebook knits together its apps, the harder it becomes for a government to break it up. … Facebook's changes under the hood are a power grab.
Rich Woods / Neowin:
Microsoft says Windows 10 on ARM will get support for x64 emulation, letting users run 64-bit Intel apps, later this year  —  The idea that Microsoft was going to support AMD64 (or x64) emulation on Windows on ARM has been floating around since November of last year, when we exclusively reported that the company was working on it.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Google announces a new Google TV service that brings streaming apps, a unified search, and live TV, through YouTube TV, into a single interface  —  Not to be confused with the smart TV platform of the same name (2010-2014, RIP) or the Android TV platform it's built on top of, Google has just taken the wraps off the new Google TV.
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