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October 6, 2020, 8:15 PM

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Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
After a 16-month probe, House Democrats say Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, Apple enjoy “monopoly power”, suggest antitrust changes that could break up businesses  —  - After a 16-month investigation into competitive practices at Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google …
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 …
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 …
BBC:
Facebook removed a post by Trump saying COVID-19 is “less lethal” than flu, only the second time it has done so, as Twitter hides the tweet and adds a warning  —  Facebook has deleted a post in which President Trump had claimed Covid-19 was “less lethal” than the flu.
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 Workspace  —  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.
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.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces it will hold an event on October 13 at 10am PDT, where it's expected to unveil new 5G 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 …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Security flaw meant Qiui's Cellmate chastity device for men could be remotely locked by hackers; the flaw was disclosed after company missed deadlines to patch  —  Just because almost every gadget or appliance can be connected to the internet, doesn't mean they should be.
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.
Sam Shead / CNBC:
The European Court of Justice, EU's highest legal authority, rules that member states cannot collect mass mobile and internet data of citizens  —  - The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that member states cannot collect mass mobile and internet data on citizens.
Jason Del Rey / Vox:
Leaked memo from February reveals Amazon's plans to invest in software to analyze data on unions, alongside non-union “threats” like crime and weather  —  A representative of a union for Amazon employees protesting at Amazon's Swansea fulfillment center on November 23, 2018, in Swansea, W
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Alison DeNisco Rayome / CNET:
Facebook says it is launching an emotional health resource center, with expert guides and information, available globally with location-specific resources  —  Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger will also get new tools to help support users' emotional health during the coronavirus pandemic.
More: Social Media TodayTweets: @quinnypig
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google adds a Stories feature to its Google iOS and Android app, a carousel focusing on publisher content that can include audio, full-screen video, and photos  —  Google announced today it's introducing a Stories feature to its Google app for iOS and Android, which now reaches over 800 million people per month.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook adds support for Netflix to Portal TV and support for Zoom to Portal Mini, Portal, and Portal+ devices  —  Facebook announced this morning it's bringing a number of new features and services to its family of Portal devices, including support for Netflix and Zoom.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google integrates Assistant with dedicated assistive devices through a partnership with Tobii Dynavox and makes Action Blocks more accessible  —  October is International Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month, and Google is working to make Assistant available …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google launches Chrome 86 with stronger password protections on iOS and Android, VP9 video codec for macOS Big Sur, a slew of new developer features, and more  —  Google today launched Chrome 86 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.  Chrome 86 brings password protections for Android and iOS …
Bloomberg:
Health insurance startup Clover Health, which uses health and behavioral data to lower costs, agrees to go public via Social Capital's SPAC at a $3.7B valuation  —  - Deal values the health-insurance startup at $3.7 billion  — ‘We need companies like Clover,’ Social Capital III CEO says
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Instagram marks its 10th anniversary by expanding in-app warnings when users post bullying 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.

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