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October 14, 2020, 6:25 PM

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BuzzFeed News:
Facebook limits the distribution of a New York Post story that makes disputed claims about Hunter Biden, pending fact-check, while Twitter blocks sharing  —  Facebook and Twitter said they will be limiting the distribution of or blocking a New York Post story making unverified claims about former vice president Joe Biden.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Zoom says it will begin rolling out end-to-end encryption next week, starting with a technical preview followed by three additional phases  —  Zoom has confirmed that it will begin rolling out end-to-end encryption (E2EE) next week, starting with a 30-day technical preview to glean feedback from users …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Zoom says its OnZoom paid events platform and marketplace is now generally available and launches Zapps, letting third parties integrate with its main app  —  Zoom is hosting its virtual Zoomtopia user conference this week.  Given the attention the company has received as the de facto …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Xcode 12.1 files show that iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max have 6GB RAM while iPhone 12 and 12 mini have 4GB RAM; all iPhone 11 models have 4GB RAM  —  iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max models are equipped with 6GB of RAM, while the lower-end iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini models have 4GB of RAM …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Extensive iOS and iPadOS 14 review: most changes are largely aesthetic, like widgets, but make the device feel more personal, something users clearly crave  —  How do you prepare a major new version of an operating system that now spans two separate platforms, which will be installed on millions …
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.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Sony says the Apple TV app is rolling out on some of its 2018 and newer smart TV models in the US via software update now, later this year in multiple regions  —  Sony today announced that the Apple TV app is launching on select 2018 and newer smart TV models, starting with the X900H series through …
James Rundle / Wall Street Journal:
Citing Twitter's hack, NY's top financial watchdog says social media platforms need to be designated “systemically important” and have a dedicated regulator  —  Agency issues recommendations for new regulator in wake of Twitter hack  —  New York's top financial watchdog …
George Nguyen / Search Engine Land:
Google Analytics 4 launches with AI-powered insights, deeper integration with Google Ads, cross-device measurements, and more granular data controls  —  The new Analytics adds AI-powered insights, tracks users across devices and provides more granular data controls.
Julie Zhu / Reuters:
Sources: Huawei is in talks with Digital China Group and others to sell parts of its Honor smartphone unit in a deal worth up to $3.7B  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is in talks with Digital China Group Co Ltd and other suitors to sell parts of its Honor smartphone unit …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
YouTube says it will now ban any content with claims about COVID-19 vaccines that contradict consensus from local health authorities or the WHO  —  (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's YouTube said on Wednesday it would remove videos from YouTube that promote misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines …
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.
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.

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