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October 9, 2020, 3:55 PM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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”
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.
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
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
Labor Board accuses Google contractor HCL of violating employees' labor rights by refusing to negotiate with a union and retaliating by shipping work to Poland  —  The complaint says the contractor, HCL, refused to negotiate with the union and retaliated by shipping work to Poland.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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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.
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 …

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