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November 5, 2020, 10:05 PM

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David Gilbert / VICE:
Facebook shuts down Trump-linked “Stop the Steal” Group, which was spreading disinfo about the election and amassed 360,000+ followers since launching a day ago  —  The group, run by Trump allies, is spreading disinformation about the election and calling for “boots on the ground to protect the integrity of the vote.”
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: Facebook plans to temporarily add more “friction” to users' ability to share posts and other content  —  New measures would slow down the flow of information and make election misinformation less visible, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
New York Times:
From election night onwards, Twitter and Facebook have continued to label inaccurate election posts from Trump, his campaign staff, and others  —  Twitter, Facebook and YouTube remained on alert as the lack of a clear election result kept the online misinformation flowing.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
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Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
DOJ says it is suing for the forfeiture of $1B+ in bitcoin, seized on Tuesday, related to the Silk Road marketplace  —  - Justice Department seeks forfeiture of funds it seized Tuesday  — It's the biggest cryptocurrency bust the government has made  —  The U.S. is suing for the forfeiture …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Hands-on with iPhone 12 mini and 12 Pro Max: mini's size requires adjustment but some gestures are easier, whereas the Max feels like a scaled up iPhone  —  Hands-on with Apple's big (and small) iPhone 12 models  —  Apple's iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are the “default” size iPhones this year.
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Sources: Fortnite may return to iOS thanks to a version of Nvidia's GeForce Now game streaming service that is designed to run in Safari and other browsers  —  Owners of iPhones and iPads will soon be able to play Fortnite again, via a cloud service, the BBC has discovered.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 with 100+ new emoji, optimized battery charging for AirPods, intercom support with HomePod and HomePod mini, and more  —  After releasing the Release Candidate version last week, iOS 14.2 is now available to all iPhone users.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
goPuff, which delivers convenience store items in under 30 minutes, buys liquor store chain BevMo for $350M; goPuff raised $380M in October at a $3.9B valuation  —  GoPuff is making a big acquisition less than a month after it announced a $380 million round that valued the Philadelphia-headquartered delivery startup at $3.9 billion.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
DOJ files an antitrust lawsuit challenging Visa's proposed $5.3B acquisition of Plaid; Visa says the arguments are “legally flawed”  —  The Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit challenging Visa's proposed $5.3 billion acquisition of Plaid .
TechCrunch:
WhatsApp launches ephemeral messages, photos, and videos that disappear after seven days, rolling out on iOS and Android globally starting today  —  Facebook recently announced that WhatsApp passed the whopping milestone of 100 billion messages sent per day, but not everyone wants those chats to stick around forever.
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Uber Q3: $3.13B revenue, down 18% YoY, net loss of $1.1B, gross bookings of $14.7B, down 10% YoY; Mobility gross bookings down 50% YoY but Delivery was up 135%  —  - Uber's third-quarter earnings are out, and the company reported losses of 62 cents per share and revenue of $3.13 billion.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Sony confirms PS5 won't support SSD storage expansion at launch, despite the presence of a dedicated internal slot, says it “is reserved for a future update”  —  ‘This is reserved for a future update’  —  Sony says its PlayStation 5 can load virtual worlds far faster than ever before …

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