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October 12, 2020, 10:50 AM

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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
A coalition of tech companies, including Microsoft and Symantec, orchestrated a takedown of the TrickBot malware botnet, which had infected 1M+ computers  —  FS-ISAC, ESET, Lumen's Black Lotus Labs, NTT, Symantec, and the Microsoft Defender team participated in the takedown.
Leah Nylen / Politico:
Sources: DOJ and state AGs investigating Google for alleged antitrust violations are considering forcing it to sell Chrome and parts of its ad business  —  Prosecutors for the Justice Department and state attorney general offices are discussing ways of curbing the search giant's market power as they prepare to sue the company.
Will Oremus / OneZero :
A look at possible antitrust action against Big Tech following the release of reports from both Democrats and Republicans last week  —  Democrats aren't the only ones ready to rewrite the antitrust rules for internet platforms  —  Never in world history has one sector of the global economy risen …
Associated Press:
Facebook will ban posts that deny or distort the Holocaust as Zuckerberg says his “thinking has evolved” as data shows an increase in anti-Semitic violence  —  Facebook is banning posts that deny or distort the Holocaust and will start directing people to authoritative sources …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Five Eyes governments as well as India and Japan make a new call for backdoors into products that are end-to-end encrypted  —  Another Five Eyes meeting, another call for encryption backdoors in modern tech.  —  Members of the intelligence-sharing alliance Five Eyes, along …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twilio confirms it is buying customer data infrastructure company Segment for $3.2B in an all-stock deal, expected to close in Q4 2020  —  Twilio today announced its biggest acquisition to date, spearheading a strong move into customer data management alongside its existing API-based tools …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Google's Nest announces a thermostat with a simpler designer, ditching the rotating dial, available to pre-order today for $130, a $40 discount on Nest's E  —  The new Nest Thermostat ditches the signature rotating dial  —  Google's Nest smart home division has a new smart thermostat available to order starting today.
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
Sources: EU is making a “hit list” of up to 20 large internet companies, likely to include Facebook and Apple, subject to tougher rules to curb market power  —  Brussels broadens search for extra powers to curb power of digital platforms  —  EU regulators are drawing up a …

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