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October 20, 2020, 11:45 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:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
In its antitrust lawsuit against Google, DOJ argues that Google and Apple worked as “one company” on a search deal, estimates Google pays Apple $8B to $12B/yr  —  - DOJ antitrust lawsuit goes after a multibillion-dollar pact  — Google documents say losing Apple deal would be ‘Code Red’
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPhone 12 Pro review: excellent camera and performance, Dolby Vision video is great, 5G can be very fast, but 5G usage noticeably affects battery life  —  5G, LIDAR, MagSafe — the new iPhone 12 Pro has a lot of things you won't be able to do much with right now
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
iPhone 12 review: excellent camera, display, and design, promising MagSafe ecosystem, but battery life regresses a little from iPhone 11 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.
The Information:
Sources: Jeffrey Katzenberg tried to sell Quibi's catalog to NBCUniversal and Facebook, but both passed; Katzenberg told others he may shut down the company  —  Jeffrey Katzenberg may be nearing the end of the road with his mobile video streaming service Quibi.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Researchers find a bot that generates fake nudes from photos of women; by July, 100K+ images of women had been transformed, shared in public Telegram channels  —  Bots have been used to create more than 100,000 images  —  Researchers have discovered a “deepfake ecosystem” …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q3 revenue of $6.44B, up 22.7% YoY, vs $6.38B est., and 2.2M paid net adds in Q3 vs 6.8M in Q3'19 and 10.1M in Q2'20; stock down ~5% after hours  —  - It's the first report since longtime Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos was promoted to co-CEO.
Richard Milne / Financial Times:
Sweden bans Huawei and ZTE from 5G networks, giving telecoms operators until 2025 to remove equipment made by the companies from their existing infrastructure  —  Move follows security services warning on spying and technology theft by China  —  Sweden has become the latest country …
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.
Rest of World:
Facebook moderators in India, working for a third-party contractor, say they felt pressured to return to the office this summer, even as the pandemic surged  —  Employees told Rest of World the contractor they work for is taking advantage of an economic crisis.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
From today until “at least” the end of election week, Twitter will show the Quote Tweet composer when you click or tap the retweet icon, discouraging basic RTs  —  The changes will be in place until ‘at least’ the end of election week  —  Twitter is temporarily changing …

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