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October 14, 2020, 9:40 AM

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Apple:
iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders start on October 16, shipping on October 23, while iPhone 12 Pro Max pre-orders begin November 6, shipping on November 13  —  Best iPhone ever features the powerful A14 Bionic, all-new design with Ceramic Shield, pro camera system, LiDAR Scanner, and the biggest Super Retina XDR display ever on an iPhone
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.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple unveils iPhone 12 with 6.1" OLED display and 460ppi, A14, thinner and lighter design, 5G, improved durability, and five color options, starting at $829  —  The right iPhone for most people gets a new design, OLED screen, and 5G  —  It might be happening a bit later than usual, but Apple has just announced the iPhone 12.
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Microsoft says backward compatible titles on the Xbox Series X and S will support Auto HDR, alongside better visuals and faster frame rates  —  We already knew that Xbox Series X and Series S users will be able to play thousands of previous-generation games at launch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Apple debuts HomePod mini with spherical design, S5 chip, fabric mesh exterior, black and white options, a small screen on top; pre-orders start Nov. 6 from $99  —  Apple finally offers an entry-level HomePod  —  Apple has announced a new version of its HomePod smart speaker …
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.
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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