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October 30, 2020, 7:40 PM

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BuzzFeed News:
Facebook confirms it has stopped recommending that people join online groups dealing with political or social issues in the lead up to Election Day  —  “This is a measure we put in place in the lead-up to Election Day.  We will assess when to lift them afterwards, but they are temporary."  —  Copy
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Jon Porter / The Verge:
Apple launches the Apple One subscription bundle, with three tiers ranging from the $14.95 Individual tier to the $29.95 Premier tier  —  Starting at $14.95 a month  —  Apple One, a bundle combining services like Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, and Apple Arcade into one monthly subscription, is now available.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple seeds iOS 14.2 “Release Candidate” to developers, which adds optimized battery charging for AirPods and MagSafe leather case support  —  Apple today seeded “Release Candidate” versions of upcoming iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 updates to developers and public beta testers …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Samsung launches SmartThings Find app to track down lost Galaxy devices, including phones, tablets, Buds, Watches, and more  —  Smartphones and other devices are so intertwined with our lives that losing one can be traumatic.  To that end, Samsung has unveiled SmartThings Find …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Under Armour to sell MyFitnessPal to investment firm Francisco Partners for $345M, after buying it in 2015 for $475M, and sunsetting Endomondo, bought for $85M  —  Global fitness giant Under Armour announced this morning that it will be selling MyFitnessPal to investment firm Francisco Partners …
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter lifts restrictions from the NY Post's Twitter account, updating its practice of “not retroactively overturning prior enforcement”  —  Social-media company reverses policy that previously required newspaper to delete old tweets before being able to tweet again
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Biden campaign says Facebook blocked thousands of its ads approved prior to Facebook's ban; Facebook blames advertisers' misunderstanding and a technical glitch  —  Biden's campaign said ads that had previously been approved by the tech giant have been erroneously removed.
IDC:
353.6M smartphones shipped in Q3 2020, with Samsung shipping 80.4M up 2.9% YoY, Huawei 51.9M, down 22%, Xiaomi 46.5M, up 42%, and Apple 41.6M, down 10.6%  —  FRAMINGHAM, Mass., October 29, 2020 -The worldwide smartphone market showed signs of improvement in the third quarter of 2020 (3Q20) …
Kevin Purdy / iFixit News:
The cameras on iPhone 12 models become unreliable when swapped between iPhones, which may lock out all unauthorized iPhone camera repairs  —  After exhaustive testing, comparing notes with multiple repair technicians, and reviewing leaked Apple training documents, we've found that the iPhone 12 camera …
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Apple's international sales were 59% of Q4 revenue but were down 28.6% YoY in China to $7.95B, likely due to the delayed arrival of new iPhones  —  While 2020 won't be remembered fondly in history books, it has been quite good for Apple, which is ending its fiscal 2020 with record revenues for three of its four quarters.
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