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October 27, 2020, 10:30 AM

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BBC:
UK regulator bans mobile networks from selling locked phones from December 2021  —  The UK's mobile networks are to be forbidden from selling phones locked to their services from December 2021.  —  Regulator Ofcom said unlocking handsets could often be a complicated process …
Patrick Moorhead / Forbes:
AMD says it will buy rival chipmaker Xilinx for $35B in an all-stock deal  —  I talked to AMD CEO Lisa Su last night and got the download on what could be a historic, $35B semiconductor deal to acquire Xilinx.  AMD had a monster Q3 and guide and has been on a growth tear for years …
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
A look at VC firm a16z's media and podcast offerings, led by ex-Wired editor Sonal Chokshi, which feature an array of voices across 500+ episodes  —  Andreessen-Horowitz firm has developed a sophisticated podcast system.  Its mission: becoming the go-to place to understand the future.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook launches free-to-play cloud gaming on desktop and Android but says it is unable to bring games to iOS due to Apple's “arbitrary” policies  —  - Facebook announced the launch of cloud gaming on its desktop website and Android app but not to iOS due to Apple's “arbitrary” policies.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Tinder is rolling out Face to Face, its opt-in video chat feature, globally  —  Tinder, currently the world's biggest biggest dating app for people to find matches and connect with them, is expanding another feature today to extend the time people spend in the app, and the communications they can have within it.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Serverless search and analytics startup Rockset raises $40M Series B led by Sequoia Capital  —  Real-time analytics startup Rockset today announced a $40 million round.  The company says the funds will be used to grow its workforce and accelerate product development and research while bolstering its go-to-market efforts.
More: ZDNet and SiliconANGLE
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Ankhi Das, Facebook's public policy director for India, South, and Central Asia, leaves after allegations of content moderation interference for India's BJP  —  Ankhi Das, a top Facebook executive in India, is leaving the company on Tuesday months after she was alleged to interfere …
Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:
The rise of “no-code platforms” is helping usher in a new generation fluent in using computers and mobile devices for self-expression, research, and analysis  —  In the distant past, there was a proverbial “digital divide” that bifurcated workers into those who knew how to use computers …
David Z. Morris / Fortune:
Zoom adds support for end-to-end encryption, but when it's enabled several features like cloud recording, telephone dial-in, and 1:1 private chat will not work  —  Our mission to help you navigate the new normal is fueled by subscribers.  To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today.
Noam Cohen / Wired:
Wikipedia to protect its main 2020 election page with expanded measures, like stopping new editors from making edits, that it has used to stop COVID-19 misinfo  —  The encyclopedia is determined to emerge from the insanity of a pandemic and a polarizing election with its information and reputation intact.
Washington Post:
Study of ~200K US Internet users: Facebook users read more polarized news as they spend more time on the service, and the impact is 5X greater for conservatives  —  Steven L. Johnson, Brent Kitchens and Peter Gray are information technology professors at the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
SimilarWeb, which offers an AI-based market intelligence service for sites and apps, raises $120M, bringing its total raised to $240M  —  Israeli startup SimilarWeb has made a name for itself with an AI-based platform that lets sites and apps track and understand traffic not just on their own sites, but those of its competitors.
More: PR NewswireThanks:@ingridlunden
The Economic Times:
InVideo, which offers tools to create professional-quality videos, raises $15M Series A led by Sequoia Capital India  —  The startup allows users to create professional-quality videos using its templates, images, and music, which can then be optimised for various social media platforms
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Ant Group will raise $34.5B in its dual Shanghai and Hong Kong IPOs, valuing it at $313.37B, making it the biggest listing of all time  —  - Ant Group will raise $34.5 billion in its dual initial public offering (IPO) after setting the price for its shares on Monday, making it the biggest listing of all time.

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