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October 9, 2020, 9:05 PM

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Jon Porter / The Verge:
Report: Apple to announce 4 new iPhones, including $699 5.4" iPhone 12 Mini, MagSafe branded wireless chargers and iPhone case, and $99 HomePod mini on Oct. 13  —  Alongside claims we'll see a new HomePod mini this year  —  A new leak has provided extensive details about what Apple could announce at its October 13th event.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple Silicon Macs will launch as part of a separate Apple event in November, not on October 13  —  - Company to unveil widest array of phones, sizes in its history  — Over-ear headphones, smaller HomePod, new Macs in the works  —  Apple Inc. is set to embrace 5G …
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 will block retweets and …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it will let managers approve permanent remote work for employees, and all employees can 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.
Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
A look at the growing tensions between tech investors, company managers, and activist employees, as companies try to limit workplace discussion on social issues  —  In the left-learning tech industry, “Don't talk politics” is the diplomatic way to say “Don't be liberal”
The Information:
Sources: Katzenberg pitched Apple, WarnerMedia, and Facebook about buying Quibi, but so far had no takers; Quibi has between 400K and 500K subscribers now  —  Six months after launching his revolutionary video-streaming service, Quibi, Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg is looking for a buyer.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Judge refuses to reinstate Epic's Fortnite on the App Store but grants an injunction that keeps Apple from retaliating against the Unreal Engine  —  Apple won't be forced to bring Fortnite back to the App Store  —  Fortnite won't be coming back to the App Store any time soon.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Sony says that nearly all PS4 games will work on the PlayStation 5 at launch, with some titles offering the option to upgrade to a PS5-optimized version  —  Everything you need to know about backwards compatibility on the PS5  —  The PlayStation 5 offers backwards compatibility …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple will start using its retail stores as distribution centers in the US and Canada to more quickly ship products to customers  —  - Retail industry increasingly moving to send-from-store model  — IPhone maker usually ships products from distribution centers
Bloomberg:
Some Robinhood users say someone sold their investments and withdrew funds; Robinhood says users' personal email accounts were compromised, not its systems  —  - Brokerage says systems not breached, criminals targeted emails  — The SEC has reached out to customers in response to complaints
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
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has banned TikTok, citing circulation of videos that it deemed “immoral and indecent”  —  Pakistan has banned popular short video app TikTok in the nation, citing circulation of videos that it deemed “immoral and indecent.”
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.
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.

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