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November 6, 2020, 2:25 PM

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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Twitter permanently bans Steve Bannon's @WarRoomPandemic and YouTube pulls episode of his show after he called for execution of FBI director Wray and Dr. Fauci  —  Former Presidential advisor and right-wing pundit Steve Bannon had his show suspended from Twitter and an episode removed …
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.
BuzzFeed News:
Internal Facebook metric that assesses “violence and incitement trends” based on hashtags and search terms in posts increased by 45% since October 31  —  As votes are being tallied across the country to determine the next US president, internal Facebook data shows that the company …
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.”
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Kuo: iPhone 13 to come in same four sizes as iPhone 12, Pro Models to feature a major upgrade to ultra wide camera with f/1.8, 6P lens with autofocus  —  TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research note, seen by MacRumors, that details his expectations …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and HomePod mini are now available for pre-order  —  Apple is now accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max through its online storefront and the Apple Store app.  Pre-orders are available in more than 30 countries and regions around …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
PlayStation 5 review: DualSense controller is amazing, performance is fast and smooth, has a more streamlined UI, but it's big and has no “quick resume” feature  —  The real star of Sony's new console is its controller  —  A new console generation is usually something you can see.
Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
Netflix is testing Direct, a linear channel with real-time, scheduled programming from its library, which is accessible only via its website, in France  —  Netflix has chosen France to test its first channel offering.  —  Named Direct, the linear channel — which is only available to subscribers …
Carrie Mihalcik / CNET:
MagSafe Duo Charger as well as the Leather Sleeve with MagSafe for the iPhone 12 models are now listed as “coming soon” on Apple's site, for $129 each  —  As preorders for the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone Pro Max kicked off on Friday, Apple also revealed pricing for its MagSafe Duo Charger …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter removed a student's tweets critical of Proctorio, which makes an exam monitoring tool used by many US schools, for reproducing Proctorio's code  —  A series of tweets by one Miami University student that were critical of a proctoring software company have been hidden by Twitter …
Shakeel Hashim / Protocol:
Codemasters, which makes F1 and Dirt racing games, says Take-Two made a non-binding offer to acquire it for around $960M  —  In a statement Friday, Codemasters said that Take-Two had made a non-binding offer to acquire the company for around $960 million in cash and stock.
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Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Twitter says Trump's special treatment around offensive or misleading content rule violations will expire in January if he loses the presidency  —  - For now, violating posts get warning label, not removal  — But ‘world leader’ newsworthiness rules wouldn't apply
South China Morning Post:
China has 160M devices connected to 5G networks as of mid-October, but three-quarters of China's 1.2B 4G users do not feel the need to buy a 5G phone  —  This is the second in a two-part series, which looks at how China's millions of mobile consumers have yet to take to 5G …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Provizio, which is developing a “five-dimensional” sensory platform that uses sensors and AI to prevents car accidents, raises $6.2M in seed funding  —  Provizio, a combination hardware and software startup with technology to improve car safety, has closed a seed investment round of $6.2million.

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