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October 28, 2020, 5:25 PM

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Gilad Edelman / Wired:
The Senate's Section 230 hearing, with Dorsey, Zuckerberg, and Pichai, only briefly discussed the law, instead letting Republicans berate Dorsey for soundbites  —  Republican senators unloaded on Twitter's Jack Dorsey, but had little to say about reforming the foundational internet law.
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Industry sources say changes to iOS 14 search show Apple is stepping up its efforts to build its own search tools as Google deal comes under antitrust scrutiny  —  iPhone maker explores building its own search tools as ties to Google come under antitrust scrutiny
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple updates Clips with a new UI, horizontal support, HDR recording on the iPhone 12, and more  —  Apple today announced a major update to its video creation app Clips for iPhone and iPad, with key new features including a refreshed interface, support for both vertical and horizontal video, HDR recording with iPhone 12, and more.
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
Internal email: Spotify defends Joe Rogan interviewing Alex Jones, saying it won't “ban specific individuals from being guests on other people's shows”  —  In public, Spotify is staying quiet about an appearance by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones yesterday on its flagship podcast …
Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Sources: Microsoft is planning an extensive Windows 10 update for 2021 with design refreshes for many top-level UIs, including Start and File Explorer  —  Microsoft wants to ‘reinvigorate’ the Windows 10 user interface next year.  —  What you need to know  — A big UI refresh is on the cards for Windows 10 in 2021.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
AMD unveils new GPUs: $999 Radeon 6900 XT, coming 12/8 for $500 less than RTX 3090, $649 Radeon 6800 XT, coming 12/8 for $50 less than RTX 3080, and more  —  AMD is going up against Nvidia with three new GPUs  —  AMD is introducing three new Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards today …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Pinterest reports Q3 revenue of $443M, up 58% and beating estimates of $383.5M, and 442M MAUs, up 37% YoY and above estimates of 436.4M; stock up 15%+  —  - Pinterest's stock price soared more than 15% after hours on Wednesday as the company posted strong revenue and user growth in its third-quarter earnings.
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Tom Simonite / Wired:
A study of ~57,000 kidney disease patients in the Boston area finds that an algorithm used to decide priority for transplants was biased against Black patients  —  A formula for assessing the gravity of kidney disease is one of many that is adjusted for race.  The practice can exacerbate health disparities.
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis: Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Postmates, and gig economy giants have spent ~$200M to support CA's Prop 22 and avoid reclassifying contractors as employees  —  Voter sentiment on Proposition 22 is roughly even despite companies raising 10 times more than the labor-led opposition
Hugh Son / CNBC:
JPMorgan says its digital token JPM Coin is now live for commercial use, as the bank launches new business unit Onyx for its blockchain and crypto efforts  —  - JPMorgan Chase said its digital currency, JPM Coin, is being used commercially for the first time this week by a large technology client to send payments around the world.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Seattle-based Pulumi, which offers a SaaS multicloud app development service, raises $37.5M Series B led by NEA  —  Pulumi has raised a new $37.5 million investment led by NEA, representing a vote of confidence by the longtime venture capital firm in the Seattle startup's software development tools …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Q1: revenue of $37.2B, up 12% YoY, net income of $13.9B, up 30% YoY, revenue for Intelligent Cloud was $13.0B, up 20% YoY  —  REDMOND, Wash. — October 27, 2020 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, as compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal year:

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