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October 20, 2020, 2:20 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
DOJ and 11 state AGs, all Republican, file a suit alleging that Google acted anticompetitively 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 filed …
Kent Walker / The Keyword:
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
iPhone 12 review: has an excellent camera, display, and design, promising MagSafe ecosystem, but battery life is inferior to iPhone 11's and it's more expensive  —  It's the one you should get unless you're waiting for the Max or mini  —  More than most years, there are a lot of things that are new in the iPhone 12.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPhone 12 Pro review: has an excellent camera and performance, Dolby Vision video is great, 5G can be very fast, but battery life is inferior to iPhone 11 Pro  —  5G, LIDAR, MagSafe — the new iPhone 12 Pro has a lot of things you won't be able to do much with right now
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft partners with SpaceX for satellite-powered internet connectivity on Azure and debuts Azure Space, a set of products for the space-related cloud market  —  Microsoft is using its ‘Amazon is your competitor’ playbook to try to win over more satellite partners and customers.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Parallels launches Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise, available at $69.99 per user, letting Windows apps run on Chromebooks  —  Businesses get access to Windows apps on Chrome OS today  —  Google is bringing Windows app support to Chromebooks today through a partnership with Parallels.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Researchers find a Telegram bot that takes a person's photo and turns it into a fake nude; by July, 100K+ images of women had been transformed, shared publicly  —  Bots have been used to create more than 100,000 images  —  Researchers have discovered a “deepfake ecosystem” …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Adobe debuts improvements to Creative Cloud, with Neural Filters in Photoshop, Illustrator coming to iPad, Adobe Fresco coming to iPhone, and more  —  Adobe holds an annual MAX conference each year, and this year's event is free for everyone for the first time because it is being held virtually rather than in person.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram rolls out premium badges on Instagram Live, giving fans a way to support creators and stand out in the comments  —  Instagram is today introducing a new way for creators to make money.  The company is now rolling out badges in Instagram Live to an initial group of over 50,000 creators …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Handshake, a diversity-focused LinkedIn for college students, raises $80M Series D led by GGV, source says at a $550M-$600M valuation  —  College graduates this year (and perhaps in the near-term) have been looking for work in what is one of the most challenging job markets in a decade due …
BuzzFeed News:
Source: in an all-hands, Zuckerberg said recent content rules banning hate and conspiracy content were added following concerns about violence amid US elections  —  Facebook has spent the past few months scrambling to ban Holocaust denial, the QAnon mass delusion, and right-wing extremist groups.
Reuters:
Major founder-led tech companies have seen their share prices double in 2020 vs. 7.8% gain for the S&P 500, while outperforming non-founder led tech companies  —  (Reuters) - Technology companies led by their founders have been the standout winners in share price performance and profit growth this year …
Amrith Ramkumar / Wall Street Journal:
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 …
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