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October 21, 2020, 4:55 AM

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Kent Walker / The Keyword:
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 …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
In lawsuit, DOJ says nearly half of Google search traffic in 2019 came from Apple products and estimates Google pays Apple $8B to $12B per year  —  - DOJ antitrust lawsuit goes after a multibillion-dollar pact  — Google documents say losing Apple deal would be ‘Code Red’
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
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.
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Netflix plans to test a 48-hour free weekend in India, dubbed StreamFest and scheduled for Dec. 4, and may bring the promotion to other countries later  —  Netflix is looking to promote its service with a 48-hour free streaming event, confirmed COO Greg Peters during the company's Q3 2020 earnings call Tuesday afternoon.
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.
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 …
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:
Reuters:
US officials offer Brazil telecoms financing to buy equipment from Huawei competitors, in an effort to keep China out of Brazil's 5G market  —  BRASILIA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government stepped up an offensive on Tuesday to keep China's Huawei Technologies out of Brazil's 5G market …
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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” …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Over 430,000 viewers tuned in simultaneously to watch Rep. Alexia Ocasio-Cortez play Among Us on Twitch, the third highest ever for an individual Twitch stream  —  More than 430,000 people tuned in simultaneously to Twitch on Tuesday night to watch Rep. Alexia Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) …
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 …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Adobe is adding its “content authenticity” tool to the latest Photoshop beta, to help users build trustworthy attribution directly into a picture  —  It's designed for crediting artists and fighting misinformation  —  Adobe will let some Adobe Creative Cloud customers try a tool …

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