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October 7, 2020, 4:30 AM

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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 …
The Amazon Blog:
In response to House's report on Big Tech, Amazon says in a blog post that “fringe notions on antitrust would destroy small businesses and hurt consumers”  —  Misguided interventions in the free market would kill off independent retailers and punish consumers by forcing small businesses …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Report details how West Texas has become a hotbed for patent and IP litigation, after a federal judge, who was formerly a patent litigator, took office in 2018  —  For years, you may recall that we would write about the insane nature of forum shopping for patent trolls …
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:
Google Ads introduces an Insights page, automated Performance Max campaigns and will bring Video Action out of beta to all advertisers in the coming weeks  —  The new products and features are further indication of Google's machine learning goals.  —  Google introduced more automation features …
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.
Karen Chiu / South China Morning Post:
Google Chrome is the most popular browser in China across both desktops and smartphones, with a 36%-39% market share in 2020 according to Baidu Analytics  —  Internet users in China cannot use the Google search engine without a VPN, yet Chrome has the highest market share among web browsers China …
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.
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 …

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