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October 6, 2020, 12:20 PM

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google rebrands G Suite as Google Workspace, integrates Meet, Chat, and Rooms across all its applications, and introduces new logos for all apps in the suite  —  Google is rebranding G Suite, its set of online productivity and collaboration tools for businesses that include the likes of Gmail, Drive, Docs and Meet.
New York Times:
Sources: US House report investigating Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook's power has been delayed as Democrats and Republicans are split on the remedies  —  WASHINGTON — For all the divisions in Washington, one issue that had united Republicans and Democrats in recent years was their animus toward …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple removed headphones and speakers from Bose, Logitech, and Sonos from its online store at the end of September and asked retail employees to do the same  —  - Apple is working on first over-ear headphones, smaller HomePod  — Products from Sonos, Bose, Logitech pulled from online store
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
A security flaw left tens of thousands of users of an app-based chastity sex toy at risk of a permanent, remotely triggered lock-in  —  Just because almost every gadget or appliance can be connected to the internet, doesn't mean they should be.  Outages can render these “smart” devices useless …
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:
John McAfee has been arrested in Spain for tax evasion after SEC sues him for allegedly promoting ICOs in 2017, 2018 without disclosing he was paid to do so  —  John McAfee, the 74-year-old software magnate-turned-crypto-bull, has been arrested in Spain on allegations of tax evasion, according to the Department of Justice.
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
The UK's Financial Conduct Authority has banned the sale of cryptocurrency derivatives and exchange-traded notes to retail users from January 6, 2021  —  More than 12,500 users participated in the first phase of a public token sale on CoinList for Flow, a new blockchain platform developed by Dapper Labs, the creator of CryptoKitties.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Instagram marks its 10th anniversary by expanding in-app warnings when users post nasty comments and adds a private map of stories from the last three years  —  Instagram is officially 10 years old, and is marking the end of its first decade with new features meant to encourage users to be nice to one another.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
As AT&T stops connecting new DSL users, a new report co-written by an AT&T workers union says only 28% of AT&T territory has fiber-to-the-home internet  —  AT&T stops connecting new DSL users; only 28% of AT&T territory has full fiber.  —  AT&T has deployed fiber-to-the-home Internet …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces its upcoming event will be held on October 13 at 10 am PDT, where it's expected to unveil new iPhones; invites are titled “Hi, Speed.”  —  Apple today has officially announced its highly-anticipated iPhone 12 event for October 13 at 10 am PT. Much like WWDC 2020 …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Researcher says that Macs with T2 chips are vulnerable to a variant of the checkm8 exploit, which could jailbreak certain iPhones and was unpatchable  —  Jailbreak involves combining last year's checkm8 exploit with the Blackbird vulnerability disclosed this August.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Nvidia announces Maxine, a set of GPU-accelerated AI conferencing tools that improve video quality, with early access available from next week  —  Nvidia today launched Nvidia Maxine, a platform that provides developers with a suite of GPU-accelerated AI conferencing software to enhance video quality.
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Spotify updates its iOS and Android apps to let users search for songs by lyrics, a feature Apple Music has had since 2018  —  Spotify has rolled out a useful new feature today for iOS and Android that allows users to search for songs by its lyrics, something that Apple Music users have enjoyed for a couple of years.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Kaspersky researchers spot malware embedded in UEFI firmware on motherboards of victims' devices, affecting diplomats working on issues related to North Korea  —  The tool attacks a device's UEFI firmware—which makes it especially hard to detect and destroy.

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