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October 8, 2020, 4:23 AM

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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Facebook says it will temporarily suspend political ads after US polls close on Nov. 3 and will remove calls for poll watching that use “militarized” language  —  The move is intended to limit confusion and misinformation on the platform, the social media company says
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 …
Steve Kovach / CNBC:
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Jay Peters / The Verge:
Google announces security features, including cross-app alerts for account security issues, coming first to iOS, and Assistant guest mode for some Nest devices  —  They're rolling out on a limited basis in the coming weeks  —  Google is announcing a few security-related updates today …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Amazon has filed a legal notice against Future Group, India's second largest retail chain, for selling a large portion of its business to Reliance Retail  —  Amazon has sent a legal notice to Future Group, India's second largest retail chain, for breaching the terms of its contract by selling …
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 …
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
A group of tech companies, publishers, and advocates unveil Global Privacy Standard, to let users opt out of the sale of personal data at the browser level  —  California's privacy law says businesses must respect universal opt-outs.  Now the technology finally exists to put that to the test.
Sherisse Pham / CNN:
Samsung says it expects to make an operating profit of $10.6B in the July-September quarter, up 58% YoY, and sales of $7B, up 6% in its earnings guidance  —  Hong Kong (CNN Business)Samsung (SSNLF) predicts its profit jumped nearly 60% last quarter, suggesting it could soon retake its position …
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.
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Triller, a TikTok competitor that sees being American as its greatest asset, is tempting TikTok stars with cash, fancy cars, creator mansions, and more  —  TikTok's top creators are taking “Triller money” to bring their content over to the app.  —  When talk of a possible TikTok ban began in July …
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Seven months into the pandemic, US rural districts are still scrambling to accommodate all pupils, as they lack the necessary infrastructure for remote learning  —  It's not uncommon for households in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, to lose internet for a full day.  The last time it happened …
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 …
Logan Moore / Wall Street Journal:
Dispo, a camera app which makes users wait until the next morning for photos to “fully develop”, raises $4M led by Alexis Ohanian's new fund Seven Seven Six  —  Seven Seven Six fund leads a $4 million seed round for social-media platform Dispo, also known as David's Disposable
The Information:
Documents show that Airbnb burned $1.2B between mid-2019 and mid-2020, with the biggest portion of cash burn in Q1 2020 as it issued refunds amid COVID-19  —  Airbnb burned through more than $1.2 billion in cash between mid-2019 and mid-2020, according to previously undisclosed figures …
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.
Nico Grant / Bloomberg:
Salesforce partners with Okta to help customers use Salesforce's Work.com COVID-19 tools, like contact tracing for workplaces  —  - Pact will help get more employee data into work.com platform  — Software giant faces steep competition from ServiceNow

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