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October 16, 2020, 1:20 PM

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Vijaya Gadde / @vijaya:
[Thread] Twitter updates Hacked Materials Policy, says it won't remove content unless shared by hackers themselves and will label tweets instead of block links  —  Over the last 24 hours, we've received significant feedback (from critical to supportive) about how we enforced our Hacked Materials Policy yesterday. After reflecting on this feedback, we have decided to make changes to the policy and how we enforce it.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Facebook and Twitter deserve some credit for rapidly restricting the New York Post hack-and-leak operation that made allegations about Hunter Biden  —  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.
Wall Street Journal:
Bloomberg:
Ajit Pai says FCC will start a rulemaking to clarify the meaning of Section 230, and social media doesn't have “special immunity denied to other media outlets”  —  - Agency chief says it will conduct rulemaking Trump sought  — Analysts question authority of agency to issue regulations
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google details how it is using AI to improve search, including indexing individual passages from webpages, allowing searches for songs by humming, and more  —  During a livestreamed event this afternoon, Google detailed the ways it's applying AI and machine learning to improve the Google Search experience.
Apple:
Apple opens preorders of the fourth-generation iPad Air with 10.9-inch display, 12MP rear camera, starting at $599, shipping from Friday, October 23  —  The most powerful iPad Air ever features a new all-screen design with larger 10.9-inch display, new 12MP rear camera, next-generation Touch ID sensor, and more
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Sony posts a lengthy walkthrough video of the PS5's UI, showing a significant departure from the sparse PS4 UI  —  Over 11 minutes of next-gen menus  —  Sony just revealed one of the final big questions about the upcoming PlayStation 5: what the user interface looks like.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
UK's ICO reduces British Airways fine for a data breach, in which the personal details of more than 400,000 customers were leaked, from ~£184M to £20M  —  One of the biggest data breaches in UK corporate history has been closed off by regulators not with a bang, but a whimper — as a result of Covid-19.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources describe how Mark Zuckerberg, who was once uninterested in politics, transformed himself into an active political operator during the Trump era  —  Facebook's chief, once uninterested, has transformed himself into an active political operator in the Trump era
BBC:
Amid UK probe, Instagram says it will prompt influencers to disclose if they received incentives, improve detection algorithms, and report misbehavior  —  Instagram says it will do more to catch influencers who fail to disclose when they have been paid for their posts.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
A look at the lidar industry and Apple's potential role within it, as the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max become the first mass market phones to adopt the technology  —  How Apple made affordable lidar with no moving parts for the iPhone.  —  At Tuesday's unveiling of the iPhone 12, Apple touted the capabilities of its new lidar sensor.
Aatif Sulleyman / Newsweek:
Researchers show Tesla's Autopilot can be tricked to change speeds or stop abruptly by projecting virtual road signs or people in front of it for under a second  —  Security researchers have demonstrated how Tesla's Autopilot driver-assistance systems can be tricked into changing speed …

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