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October 20, 2020, 9:30 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: DOJ will file an antitrust suit Tuesday alleging that Google engaged in anticompetitive conduct to preserve monopolies in search and search-advertising  —  Lawsuit follows lengthy investigation and seeks to break company's grip over search traffic  —  The Justice Department will file …
Bloomberg:
Intel agrees to sell its NAND memory unit to SK Hynix for about $9B; the acquisition includes Intel's solid-state drive, NAND flash, and wafer businesses  —  - U.S. chipmaker has fallen behind in a chip manufacturing race  —  Intel Corp. agreed to sell its Nand memory unit …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
DOJ charges six Russian GRU officers who were allegedly behind NotPetya, BlackEnergy blackouts in Ukraine, cyberattacks on Olympics and French election, more  —  The US Department of Justice has unsealed today charges against six GRU officers believed to be members of Sandworm …
The Guardian:
UK and US say Russian military intelligence services were planning a cyberattack on the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, originally scheduled for this summer  —  Patrick Wintour in London, Julian Borger in Washington  —  Russian military intelligence services were planning a cyber-attack …
Corbin Davenport / Android Police:
Google confirms it's discontinuing Nest Secure, a home security system it introduced in 2017, but will continue to support existing users  —  Google released the Nest Guard in 2017 as a simple security system with motion sensors and a keypad, but it never received an upgrade, even as other Nest devices were updated again and again.
Amrith Ramkumar / Wall Street Journal:
Technology companies now account for nearly 40% of the S&P 500 and are set to end the year eclipsing a record of 37% from 1999  —  Companies that do everything from manufacturing phones to operating social-media platforms now account for nearly 40% of the S&P 500
Andrew Tarantola / Engadget:
Facebook announces an open source AI model that can translate directly between 100+ languages without first translating to English  —  Whether you're logging on from the US, Brazil, Borneo, or France, Facebook can translate virtually any written content published on its platform …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
GravityRAT malware, known for checking the CPU temperature of Windows PCs to detect virtual machines or sandboxes, now also targets Android and macOS devices  —  GravityRAT, a malware strain known for checking the CPU temperature of Windows computers to detect virtual machines or sandboxes …
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote Thursday on whether to subpoena Twitter and Facebook CEOs after some Republicans expressed reservation about the move  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday postponed plans to vote on subpoenas to compel the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook to testify …
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
New mathematical model-based research suggests that exposing US social media users to viewpoints different than their own furthers political polarization  —  Mathematicians are teaming up with political scientists to create models of how social media divides us, and results suggest at least …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Leaked Apple docs say 5G speeds are not supported on iPhone 12 when using two lines in Dual SIM mode; source says Apple will enable this feature later this year  —  iPhone XS models and newer feature both a physical SIM slot and a digital eSIM, allowing for a feature known as dual SIM, dual standby.

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