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October 30, 2020, 5:20 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
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Instagram says it will temporarily remove the “Recent” tab from hashtag pages to reduce the spread of misinformation leading up to the US election  —  - Instagram announced it will temporarily remove the recent tab from hashtag pages to reduce the spread of misinformation in the lead up to the U.S. election.
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.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Samsung launches SmartThings Find app to track down lost Galaxy devices, works with Galaxy 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 …
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) …
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 …
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.
Kevin Purdy / iFixit News:
The screens or cameras on iPhone 12 models become unreliable when swapped between iPhones, which may lock out all unauthorized iPhone camera and screen repairs  —  Today's subject: the iPhone 12 camera, behaving strangely after a part swap.  After exhaustive testing, comparing notes …
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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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
UK's ICO reduces Marriott fine for a 2014 data breach, in which 339M Starwood hotels guest records were affected, from £99M to £14.4M  —  The UK's ICO has reduced the size of a data breach penalty for hotel business Marriott — dropping it to £14.4 million (~$23.8M) …
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
YouTube reports $5B in Q3 ad revenue, up 30% YoY from $3.8B, has more than 30M paid music and premium subscribers; YouTube TV has more than 3M subscribers  —  Parent company Alphabet reported better-than-expected third quarter ad revenue results  —  Google parent company Alphabet's third …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google adds a free VPN service for users of its 2TB plan on Google One, rolling out first to US Android users, with more countries, iOS and web to follow  —  Back in July, Google's storage subscription service made phone backups free on Android and announced plans for iOS.
Facebook:
Facebook Q3: $21.47B revenue, up 22% YoY, net income $7.85B, up 29% YoY, as DAUs rise 12% YoY to 1.82B, MAUs rise 12% YoY to 2.74B  —  Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.  —  “We had a strong quarter as people and businesses continue …

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