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October 10, 2020, 1:30 PM

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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
US Cyber Command says it has temporarily disrupted the Trickbot botnet, an army of 1M+ hijacked computers run by Russian-speaking criminals, ahead of elections  —  In recent weeks, the U.S. military has mounted an operation to temporarily disrupt what is described as the world's largest botnet …
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 …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Amazon has canceled Crucible, its free-to-play multiplayer shooter game, after putting it back in closed beta in July amid negative reviews  —  The game was put back into closed beta in July  —  Amazon has officially canceled Crucible, its free-to-play multiplayer shooter.
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.
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.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Sources: Twilio has agreed to acquire customer data infrastructure company Segment for $3.2B; the deal is not yet finalized  —  Covering venture capital, software and startups  —  With cloud companies booming during the pandemic, one of the category's recent public-company success stories …
OneZero :
An investigation of the cult leader behind Acellus, an online learning platform used by thousands of US students, who's been accused of violence and abuse  —  The creator of Acellus and the 'cult's leader has been accused of violence and abuse  —  was summer when Mark Mauikānehoalani Lovell …
Ashanti M. Martin / New York Times:
Black LinkedIn is emerging as a professional analog to Black Twitter since the pandemic and George Floyd's killing, with disagreements about moderation arising  —  The social network's tone has long reflected corporate America: staid, monolithic, white.  Now Black users are speaking up — and saying the site is limiting their voice.
New York Times:
A look at the rising popularity of curbside pickup at US retail chains like Target, which coincided with Amazon's struggles during the pandemic's early months  —  Online orders have surged for retailers in the pandemic, as curbside pickup helps Americans satisfy their desire to hop in a car and drive to the store.
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 …
Stephen Harrison / Slate:
The Wikipedia page of a Bollywood star has become an internet battleground as editors dispute if it should reflect conspiracy theories about his cause of death  —  Welcome to Source Notes, a Future Tense column about the internet's knowledge ecosystem.  —  When Supreme Court Justice Ruth …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
PocketBook Color review: best screen yet for color E Ink and has good battery life, but is too small for color content and doesn't look good with monochrome  —  E Ink Kaleido is the best screen tech yet for color e-readers  —  I've been looking at color e-reader prototypes as long as I've been a tech journalist.

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