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November 5, 2020, 5:55 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.”
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Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
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 …
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.
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Xbox Series X review: good performance and impressive backward compatibility, 120Hz mode for smoother gameplay, and quick resume, but no AAA games at launch  —  The new Xbox feels like you're upgrading your PC  —  Video by Becca Farsace, Phil Esposito, and Vjeran Pavic |
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 .
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Vimeo raises $150M, says revenue grew 44% YoY to $75.1M in Q3, it has 1.5M paying subscribers, 3,500+ enterprise clients, is contemplating a spin-off from IAC  —  Vimeo has raised $150 million in new equity funding, announced in conjunction with the third quarter earnings of its parent company IAC.
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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is grappling with a shortage of power management chips for iPhones and other devices  —  - Suppliers seen prioritizing Apple's needs over other buyers  — Power-management chips key to enabling 5G, new camera features  —  Apple Inc. is grappling with a shortage …
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 …
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Dropbox beats Q3 expectations with revenue of $487.4M, up 14% YoY, vs. estimates of $483.6M, says it has 15.25M paying users, up from 14M YoY  —  The company said paying users now sit at 15.25 million.  —  Dropbox published its third quarter financial results on Thursday, beating market estimates.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India to enforce a cap so no single payments app processes more than 30% of all UPI transactions per month from January 2021, affecting Google Pay and PhonePe  —  Google and Walmart have a new challenge ahead of them as they race to expand the reach of their payments apps in India: They won't be permitted to grow beyond a limit.

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