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October 7, 2020, 2:35 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 …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
The details of House's antitrust report matter less than the fact it exists, signaling an intent to challenge Big Tech's power, although how remains to be seen  —  William Letwin, in Law and Economic Policy in America: The Evolution of the Sherman Antitrust Act, argued that the only way to understand …
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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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
Apple brings Health Records on the iPhone to the UK and Canada, starting with Oxford University Hospitals in UK and Women's College Hospital in Canada  —  Apple has today announced that access to Health Records on the iPhone is now available in the UK and Canada, providing a fuller, more secure picture of patient health.
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.

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