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October 22, 2020, 3:55 PM

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Kevin Collier / NBC News:
US intelligence director says Iran was behind threatening emails to FL Democratic voters demanding they vote for Trump; voter info was likely publicly available  —  Iranian intelligence was responsible for a recent campaign of emails sent to intimidate Florida voters, the FBI announced Wednesday night …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it will start charging for WhatsApp for Business and add hosting services for businesses' online assets and shopping features  —  Facebook has been making a big play to be a go-to partner for small and medium businesses that use the internet to interface with the wider world …
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
Activists around the world are building facial recognition tools to identify police officers using off-the-shelf image recognition software  —  “We're now approaching the technological threshold where the little guys can do it to the big guys,” one researcher said.
Medium:
Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg confirm Quibi is shutting down: “Our failure was not for lack of trying; we've considered and exhausted every option”  —  We started with the idea to create the next generation of storytelling and because of you, we were able to create and deliver …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Huawei debuts €1,199 Mate 40 Pro and €1,399 Pro Plus, with 5nm Kirin 9000 chip, 6.76" display, 50 MP main camera, 50W wireless charging, available Nov. 13 in UK  —  Plus a new flagship Kirin 9000 processor  —  Huawei has announced the Mate 40 Pro and Pro Plus …
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Hands-on with Huawei's new Mate 40 Pro: incredible cameras and powerful processors, but the app selection is atrocious and makes the handset hard to recommend  —  You know the score by now.  Huawei currently makes Android phones that can't run Android apps, or at least the ones that I, and most people, want to use.
Mother Jones:
Former Facebook employees describe tests of News Feed algorithm changes and their impact on left- and right-leaning news sites, with tweaks to favor the right  —  For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
How Phantom Secure, which started as a privacy-focused phone company in Canada, became a network for the Sinaloa Cartel before being shut down by the FBI  —  Vince Ramos wanted Phantom Secure to be the Uber of privacy-focused, luxury-branded phones—flood the market with devices, and sort out the law later.
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Facebook's Oversight Board says it is now accepting cases for review, both from users who have exhausted the company's appeals process and from Facebook itself  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Oversight Board, which can overrule the company's decisions on whether pieces of content should have been removed …
Manuel Vonau / Android Police:
Google adds price insights for comparisons with typical prices and deal alerts to Google Shopping  —  Last month, Google Shopping added features to make local shopping easier with new information on availability and curbside pickup options.  In light of the upcoming holiday season …
Huib Modderkolk / de Volkskrant:
A Dutch security researcher says he logged into Trump's Twitter account, which didn't have 2FA, using the password “maga2020!”; the account has now been secured  —  Last week a Dutch security researcher succeeded in logging into the Twitter account of the American President Donald Trump.
Sam Shead / CNBC:
Facebook launches Dating in Europe, after an Irish regulator forced a delay of its planned February debut, and claims it made 1.5B matches across 20 countries  —  - Facebook has expanded its “Facebook Dating” service to Europe.  — Facebook claims that the platform has generated 1.5 …
Ryan Hoover / Product Hunt:
Product Hunt announces founder of Mino Games and angel investor Josh Buckley as its new CEO  —  Today we're introducing the new CEO of Product Hunt.  But first, the backstory...  The last seven years have been the most challenging and rewarding of my life and career.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Lili, which offers bank accounts and associated products designed for freelancers, raises $15M Series A, a few months after raising $10M in seed funding  —  It's only been a few months since Lili announced its $10 million seed round, and it's already raised more funding — namely, a $15 million Series A.
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Anna Irrera / Reuters:
PayPal will let users buy and sell cryptocurrency using its online wallets in the coming weeks and shop at merchants on its network starting in early 2021  —  LONDON (Reuters) - PayPal Holdings Inc joined the cryptocurrency market on Wednesday, allowing customers to buy …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Over 430,000 viewers tuned in simultaneously to watch Rep. 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) play a hit video game as part of an effort to promote voting.

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