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October 20, 2020, 11:00 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.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Amazon's Luna in early access: streaming performance can be spotty without a strong connection, iOS web app support is decent, channel groups silo game choice  —  A first look at Luna  —  Amazon's Luna streaming service has arrived, with the company rolling out early access to a limited set of customers today.
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” …
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 …
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.
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Sources: WH is seeking to fast-track a no-bid contract to lease DOD mid-band 5G spectrum to Rivada Networks, whose investors include Peter Thiel and Karl Rove  —  Washington (CNN)Senior officials throughout various departments and agencies of the Trump administration tell CNN they are alarmed …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.

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