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October 20, 2020, 11:10 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
DOJ files an antitrust suit 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 filed an antitrust lawsuit Tuesday alleging …
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
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.
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.
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 …
Amrith Ramkumar / Wall Street Journal:
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …

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