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October 2, 2020, 6:35 PM

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Hagop Kavafian / Android Police:
Google confirms it will no longer support its Daydream VR app, which may not work properly on some devices running Android 11 or later  —  You probably barely remember what Daydream is, or rather was, and no-one will blame you for that.  Google launched its VR platform back in 2016 …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
After criticism of racial bias, Twitter says its automated image cropping showed “salient” areas of the image, but will change it to give users more control  —  Twitter will change its automated image cropping feature after users complained that it was biased.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
YouTube restores Picture in Picture functionality to everyone on its mobile website on iOS 14, after limiting its availability to Premium users a few weeks ago  —  Tonight, the YouTube website has started allowing iOS 14 devices to use the built-in Picture in Picture functionality for its videos even without a Premium account.
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
As QAnon presence on LinkedIn grows, the network is taking steps to limit the spread but does not sanction members for displaying support on their profiles  —  As more users show support for the conspiracy theories, the website reacts to those who break its guidelines
Mirko Ranieri / The Keyword:
Google Maps' Live View AR feature now includes notable landmarks in ~25 cities around the world, and gets location sharing, improved accuracy, and more  —  Live View in Google Maps helps you keep your bearings so you can find your way around.  With new ways to use Live View …
CNBC:
Facebook rebuts The Social Dilemma, saying the popular Netflix documentary “buries the substance in sensationalism”  —  - Facebook rebutted Netflix's “The Social Dilemma” on Friday.  — The company argued that the documentary-drama that quickly gained popularity for its critical look …
Dan Whateley / Business Insider:
Six former Triller employees say the 13M MAUs it announced in Oct. 2019 was over 5X what they were seeing on internal metrics, as a screenshot shows ~2M MAUs  —  - Short-form-video app Triller, a TikTok rival, touted massive user growth last year that some former employees believe was inflated.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter confirms it is testing Birdwatch, a tool to address the spread of misinfo; leaked screenshots show the feature will let users attach notes to a tweet  —  Twitter is developing a new product called “Birdwatch,” which the company confirms is an attempt at addressing misinformation across …
Katy Stech Ferek / Wall Street Journal:
DOJ appeals the September 20 injunction against WeChat, but did not lay out the grounds for overturning the ruling in the filing  —  Trump administration ordered ban against the app, saying it poses a national-security risk because data could be shared with China's government
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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Portland-based Eclypsium, which helps detect, analyze, and prevent security threats at the firmware level, raises $13M, bringing its total raised to $25M  —  Portland, Ore.-based startup Eclypsium raised $13 million to help expand its enterprise hardware security technology.
The Verge:
HP debuts 14-inch Spectre x360 laptop with a 3:2 aspect ratio, 11th-gen Intel processors, Thunderbolt 4, and AI-based noise removal features, starting at $1,199  —  Plus updates for Spectre x360 13 and HP's Envy lineup  —  HP has just announced several new laptops, including …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon says that of its 1.37M frontline workers, 19K+ contracted COVID-19 between March 1 and Sept. 19, with an infection rate lower than general US population  —  - Amazon on Thursday released comprehensive data into the spread of the coronavirus across its workforce.
The Verge:
Facebook moderators at Accenture say they were told to return to the office despite the pandemic; Facebook says their work can't be done remotely  —  Employees are concerned about COVID-19 now that they're being told to return starting October 12th  —  Facebook moderators employed …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Google will pay publishers $1B+ through 2023 to create and curate high-quality journalism for the new Google News Showcase, starting in Germany and 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 …

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