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November 3, 2020, 9:30 PM

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New York Times:
Ant Group says its IPO has been suspended in both Shanghai and Hong Kong, after Chinese regulators summoned Jack Ma and other executives of the company  —  The Shanghai Stock Exchange postponed the offering one day after regulators summoned Jack Ma and other executives of the financial technology giant.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Some Instagram users see a banner that says Election Day is tomorrow, not today; Facebook says it was cached for a “small group” of users  —  On Election Day, a subset of Instagram users woke up to a message at the top of their Instagram feeds that read, “Tomorrow is Election Day.”
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Spotify begins rolling out support for streaming audio from its standalone Apple Watch app  —  Back in September, we saw Spotify finally start testing streaming support for its Apple Watch app, something we've seen arrive with other third-party services like Pandora months ago.
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Study: YouTube's recent efforts to fight misinfo by cutting recommendations to fringe channels worked but made Fox News the most recommended for election videos  —  To battle false information, YouTube cut its recommendations to fringe channels and instead promoted major networks, especially Fox News.
New York Times:
BuzzFeed News:
Internal Facebook survey shows only 51% believe Facebook was having a positive impact in the world, down 23% from May and down 5.5% from last year  —  Less than 24 hours before a historic US presidential election day, Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs and communications …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
US Cyber Command and the NSA say they took actions against Iranian hackers in recent weeks to deter election interference, but did not specify actions taken  —  U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency have taken recent actions to ensure that foreign actors do not interfere in the 2020 election …
Washington Post:
DHS and the FBI are investigating a robocall and text campaign warning US voters to “stay safe and stay home”  —  A Department of Homeland Security official said the FBI was investigating the call, which, along with new robotexts that surfaced in Michigan, prompted warnings about misinformation
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
PayPal CEO says that, by end of H1 2021 starting in US, users will be able to pay with cryptocurrency at 28M PayPal merchants without any new “incremental fees”  —  PayPal this week laid out its vision for the future of its digital wallet platform and its PayPal and Venmo apps.
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Wall Street Journal:
Semiconductor manufacturing has further shifted to Asia in recent years from US and EU, with many US chip companies contracting out to Asian producers like TSMC  —  More semiconductors are now manufactured in Asia than anywhere else.  A chart-filled look at how that happened and what it means
R.T. Watson / Wall Street Journal:
Looking to improve their AR and VR offerings, tech companies are hiring Hollywood's visual artists, who are tired of their industry's working conditions  —  From ‘Star Wars’ to Animoji, visual effects gurus create digital worlds meant to advance computing  —  Silicon Valley's biggest companies …

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