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October 7, 2020, 12:55 PM

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Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
After a 16-month probe, House Democrats say Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, and Apple enjoy “monopoly power” and suggest antitrust changes that could break them up  —  - After a 16-month investigation into competitive practices at Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple says it “vehemently disagrees” with the conclusions reached in US House report and doesn't have dominant marketshare in any categories of its businesses  —  Earlier today, the U.S. House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee completed its ongoing antitrust investigation …
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NBC News:
Facebook says it will ban QAnon across its platforms, removing all Facebook Pages, Groups, and Instagram accounts that represent QAnon  —  Facebook said Tuesday that it is banning all QAnon accounts from its platforms, a significant escalation over its previous action and one of the broadest rules …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Slack says it will add Snapchat-like stories and push-to-talk audio calls before end of 2020  —  Get ready to Slack your daily stories  —  Slack is getting ready to introduce Instagram-like stories and push-to-talk audio into its communications software before the end of 2020.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sony publishes a full PS5 teardown, revealing removable sides, dust catchers, storage expansion, and more  —  A closer look inside the PlayStation 5  —  Sony has published a seven-minute teardown video of the PS5.  The teardown gives us the best look at the PS5 so far …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Intel says its 11th-gen Rocket Lake desktop CPUs will arrive in Q1 2021, with PCIe 4.0 support; AMD is set to unveil new CPUs at an event tomorrow  —  Just ahead of AMD's own next-gen Zen 3 announcement  —  Intel has confirmed that its 11th Gen Rocket Lake desktop processors will be out sometime …
Bloomberg:
How a Citigroup tech executive's news site, with an estimated 10M visitors/month, helped QAnon go mainstream with widespread political implications  —  Jason Gelinas lived a normal suburban life with a plum Wall Street gig.  He also ran the conspiracy theory's biggest news hub.
Bloomberg:
As Google and Oracle face off in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, both have funded outside groups that signed amicus briefs, often without disclosure  —  - Both companies funded some who signed friend-of-court briefs  — Supreme Court rules don't require general funding disclosures
New York Times:
Trump administration announces changes to the H-1B visa program, substantially raising the wages companies must pay and narrowing the eligibility criteria  —  Four weeks before the election, the Trump administration has announced stricter rules for the H-1B visa program, which U.S. companies have long valued.
Izabella Kaminska / Financial Times:
UK ICO publishes three-year investigation into Cambridge Analytica, finding no evidence that CA or associate company SCL misused data to influence Brexit vote  —  UK Information Commission concludes three-year investigation into digital marketing group  —  A sprawling investigation …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Survey: TikTok has surpassed Instagram as the second most popular social app for US teens, with 34% choosing Snapchat, 29% TikTok, and 25% Instagram  —  - TikTok has surpassed Instagram as teenagers' second favorite social media app, according to a report published on Tuesday.
Ina Fried / Axios:
Microsoft says the US Labor Department is probing whether Microsoft's diversity efforts constitute racial discrimination by a government contractor  —  The Labor Department has been probing whether Microsoft's goal of increasing Black representation in its ranks constitutes racial discrimination, the software maker disclosed Tuesday.

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