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October 3, 2020, 3:05 AM

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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 …
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 …
John Hendel / Politico:
Sources: CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter to testify before the Senate Commerce Committee on October 28; Twitter has confirmed Jack Dorsey will testify  —  The CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter have agreed to testify before the Senate Commerce Committee on Oct. 28 …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Researcher finds a flaw in Grindr's password reset process that allowed anyone with knowledge of a user's email address to claim the account; issue is now fixed  —  Grindr, one of the world's largest dating and social networking apps for gay, bi, trans, and queer people …
Jason Koebler / VICE:
Twitter says it will take action against tweets that openly wish or hope for Trump's death, citing existing “abusive behavior” rule  —  “Content that wishes, hopes or expresses a desire for death, serious bodily harm, or fatal disease against an individual is against our rules.”
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
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Apple Watch SE review: excellent smartwatch at an attractive price offering same performance as the Series 4 but no always-on display and it does not have ECG  —  The new default Apple Watch is here  —  Apple's smartwatch lineup has gone from straightforward to surprisingly complex seemingly overnight.
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Tribe Capital is close to announcing Firstlook, a program for individuals with a net worth +$1M and annual income of $200k to co-invest in startups with Tribe  —  For years, venture firms have given pension funds, family offices and others who put money into their funds ways to invest more directly in the firms' startups.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
ESET details XDSpy, a hacking group which had been undetected for nine years with operations targeting government agencies in countries like Belarus and Russia  —  Active since 2011 but only discovered this year, the XDSpy hacker group targeted government and private companies in Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine.
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.
Brandon Russell / XDA Developers:
Google launches Android Partner Vulnerability Initiative to improve the security of OEM devices and inform users about the security flaws affecting their device  —  We do more than ever on our smartphones these days, which makes device security incredibly important.
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.
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.

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