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October 15, 2020, 10:10 AM

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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.
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@twittersafety:
[Thread] Twitter clarifies why it blocked the sharing of NY Post's Biden story, saying it contained private info and violated its Hacked Materials Policy  —  We want to provide much needed clarity around the actions we've taken with respect to two NY Post articles that were first Tweeted this morning.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Facebook and Twitter deserve some credit for the rapidity with which they restricted the New York Post hack-and-leak operation  —  In a New York Post report, Facebook and Twitter smell a rat  —  I.  —  In the run-up to the 2020 election, platforms have been preparing for all manner of threats.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Stripe acquires Nigerian startup Paystack, which enables integration of payments services using an API, sources say for $200M+  —  When Stripe announced earlier this year that it had picked up another $600 million in funding, it said one big reason for the funding was to expand its API-based payments services into more geographies.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Xbox Series X preview: focus on basics that matter like being quiet and cool, high frame rates, faster load times, accessory support, and backward compatibility  —  I haven't been using my Xbox One as much recently, as it just feels outdated.  As someone who plays primarily on PC …
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 …
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Kieren McCarthy / The Register:
Barnes and Noble confirms it was hacked, says some users' personal information may have been stolen; some customers were unable to download purchased e-books  —  Nook, line and sinker: Servers restored from backups, punters unable to download purchased e-books
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
How “Among Us”, an online social deduction game from 2018, took off among people of all ages during social distancing; one Discord server has 98,000+ fans  —  YouTubers, influencers and streamers popularized the multiplayer game.  Then their fans started playing too.
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Twitter says it will remove posts that deny the Holocaust for violating hateful speech policies, following Facebook's similar decision  —  Twitter Inc. will remove posts that deny the Holocaust for violating its hateful conduct policy, according to a company spokeswoman.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Snapchat now lets iOS users add song clips from a curated catalog of music to their Snaps and Stories  —  Snapchat today is launching a new feature called Sounds — which, taking a page from TikTok, lets app users add song clips to their Snaps and Stories.  Currently, though, it's available only in the app for Apple's iOS.
ASPI:
A look at DC/EP, China's new sovereign digital currency, and the policy drivers behind it, its architecture, and its expected impact on global finance  —  China's central bank digital currency, known as ‘DC/EP’ (Digital Currency / Electronic Payment), is rapidly progressing and, if successful …
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 …

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