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October 9, 2020, 1:00 PM

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Ashley Stewart / Business Insider:
Sources: Microsoft's Phil Spencer told employees that Game Pass will absolutely be on iOS and iPadOS in 2021 via a “direct browser-based solution”  —  - Microsoft last month officially added a key feature to Game Pass, its Netflix-style subscription library of Xbox games …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Leaked doc: Microsoft is now letting managers approve permanent remote work for employees, who can also work from home for less than 50% of their working week  —  Microsoft employees will also be able to relocate  —  Microsoft is allowing its employees to work from home permanently.
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Twitter announces changes to clamp down on US election misinfo, like blocking retweets of misleading content from candidates and accounts with 100K+ followers  —  Move is latest escalation of anti-misinformation measures in run-up to presidential vote  —  Twitter has announced …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: AMD is in advanced talks to buy rival chip maker Xilinx for more than $30B in a deal that could be finalized as early as next week  —  Deal that could be worth more than $30 billion would mark the latest big tie-up in the rapidly consolidating industry
Noorie Malik / Yelp:
Yelp introduces Business Accused of Racist Behavior, a new alert to caution users about businesses that may be associated with overtly racist actions  —  At Yelp, we value diversity, inclusion and belonging, both internally and on our platform, which means we have a zero tolerance policy to racism.
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
A group of seven central banks, including the Federal Reserve, detail how a digital currency should be designed, including its principles and core features  —  A group of seven central banks and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) have published a comprehensive report on digital currency, detailing how it should be designed.
Washington Post:
The recently thwarted Michigan kidnapping plot highlights social media's role in promoting violent extremism, as well as building a case against extremists  —  In June, one of the suspects in the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took to the relative privacy of a Facebook group to make clear his brewing hatred.
Bloomberg:
Google is testing features to turn YouTube into a shopping destination, where creators can tag and track featured products for users to buy directly on the site  —  - Some creators asked to track products for e-commerce catalog  — YouTube tests integration with Shopify for creator merchandise
Sam Curry:
A group of researchers describe how they've uncovered 55 vulnerabilities as part of Apple bug bounty program in the past 3 months and received ~$288K so far  —  Between the period of July 6th to October 6th myself, Brett Buerhaus, Ben Sadeghipour, Samuel Erb, and Tanner Barnes worked together and hacked on the Apple bug bounty program.
Ina Fried / Axios:
Microsoft adopts 10 “principles” for its app store, including letting developers choose a payment system for IAPs, that it says should be a model for others  —  In a not-so-subtle dig at Apple and Google, Microsoft today announced a series of “principles” for its Windows 10 App Store …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Grid AI, which helps AI researchers and engineers scale their models to match workloads needed for enterprise use, raises $18.6M Series A led by Index Ventures  —  Grid AI, a startup founded by the inventor of the popular open-source PyTorch Lightning project, William Falcon …
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Stephen O'Grady / Redmonk:
Cloud development lacks integration between different tools, resulting in developers having to borrow time from writing code to managing environments  —  When the iPhone was first introduced in January of 2007, it took the world by storm.  The first device to compress - successfully …
Nallur Sethuraman / Reuters:
Report: Amazon has invested $95.51M in its Indian payments unit ahead of the festive season sales that start on October 17  —  BENGALURU (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O has invested 7 billion rupees ($95.51 million) in its Indian payments unit, ahead of the festive season, data from business intelligence firm Tofler showed.
Ira Boudway / Bloomberg:
Waymo says it will open its fully driverless ride-hailing service in suburban Phoenix to the public  —  Waymo said Thursday that it is opening its fully driverless ride-hailing service in suburban Phoenix to the public.  Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving car unit began ferrying a select group …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE review: 120Hz screen stands out in a $699 device but the fingerprint sensor is too slow and the experience is muddled by Samsung's One UI  —  All the essentials for $699  —  The new Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is the fourth phone in the S line this year.
Bloomberg:
The pandemic has forced some European countries to confront their weak internet infrastructure, which rising hospital admissions and home working have exposed  —  - Pandemic reveals weaknesses in region's broadband networks  — Governments start to engage with industry to spur investment
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple to extend Apple TV+ free year trials that started between November 1 2019, and January 31 2020, through February 2021  —  If you purchased a new Apple device from September 2019 last year — like an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV — you were automatically eligible for a free year of Apple TV+.
Priyamvada Mathur / PitchBook:
Report: VC funding for female founders hit a three-year low at $434M in Q3, also down 48% from Q2, likely due to the prevailing economic uncertainty  —  Venture funding for female founders has hit its lowest quarterly total in three years.  —  Firms invested a total of $434 million in Q3 …
Brian Armstrong / The Coinbase Blog:
Coinbase CEO says 60 employees, or about 5% of its staff, have taken the exit package the company offered for those not comfortable with its apolitical mission  —  A follow up to Coinbase being a mission focused company  —  Last week, I shared that Coinbase is a mission focused company.

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