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October 14, 2020, 11:10 AM

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Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Apple debuts $999 6.1" iPhone 12 Pro and $1,099 6.7" iPhone 12 Pro Max with flat-edge design, 5G, LiDAR, three rear cameras with 5x zoom, and 128GB base storage  —  Apple today unveiled the new 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max at its pre-recorded “Hi, Speed” digital event.
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Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Profile of General Paul Nakasone, the four-star general who is in charge of both Cyber Command and the NSA, one of the most powerful roles in intelligence  —  Meet General Paul Nakasone.  He reined in chaos at the NSA and taught the US military how to launch pervasive cyberattacks.
CNBC:
Facebook announces a global policy banning anti-vaccination ads but will allow ads that advocate for legislation around vaccination policies  —  - Facebook said Tuesday it is launching a new global policy that bans ads that discourage people from getting vaccines.
Davey Alba / New York Times:
Baseless claims about Democrat-led coup on Facebook and Twitter are riling up Trump supporters and raising concerns about election-day violence  —  Baseless claims are circulating online about a Democrat-led coup, inflaming tensions in an already turbulent election season.
Oliver Wright / The Times:
UK admits that Amazon will not be affected by its new digital services tax but small traders using its online marketplace will be penalized  —  Amazon will not be affected by the new digital services tax but small traders who use its online marketplace will be penalised, HMRC has admitted.
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Dropbox says it will be a “virtual first” company and will set up “Dropbox Studios” in SF, Seattle, Austin, and Dublin for employees to meet in-person  —  - San Francisco-based Dropbox announced Tuesday that will stop asking employees to come into its offices and instead make remote work the standard practice.
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
New York has developed into a bona fide tech hub, an East Coast rival to Silicon Valley that has become a second home to tech giants, which have 22K staff there  —  The four companies known as Big Tech — Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google — now have more than 22,000 employees in the city, with thousands added just this year.
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero :
Documents show how Clear, which lets its members skip security lines at 35 US airports, is building a digital ID system for storing health care info and more  —  'You are your driver's license, your credit card, your health care card, your building access card'  —  In March, the air travel industry ground to a halt.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Review of new $749 OnePlus 8T: nice performance and 65W fast charging with a 120Hz display, but fourth camera feels unnecessary and there's no wireless charging  —  A capable, if incremental, update  —  OnePlus has always been very proud of the raw specs of its phones, and the OnePlus 8T is no different.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Research across 65 countries finds that governments have exploited the pandemic to expand their domestic surveillance capabilities and curtail internet freedom  —  From arrests to surveillance, governments are using the novel coronavirus as cover for a crackdown on digital liberty.
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:
Car rental service Getaround raises $140M Series E led by PeopleFund, bringing its total raised to $600M  —  Amid a rebound in short-distance travel, Getaround, a Silicon Valley car rental startup, has raised some new money to meet demand.  The startup, which allows customers …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Sources detail how Google, under intense scrutiny, has limited discussion of antitrust issues among employees, executives, and potential recruits  —  A company operating in the shadow of government regulators has some very particular rules about what workers can say about it.
Kumutha Ramanathan / Yahoo Finance:
Study: 1,000+ UK startups have filed for administration, liquidation, or dissolution since lockdown began, with Sept. seeing highest monthly figure in 10 years  —  More than 1,000 of the UK's high-growth businesses have filed for administration, liquidation or dissolution since lockdown began …
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