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November 10, 2020, 6:20 PM

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Apple:
Apple says its new M1-equipped Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro are available to order today, arriving as early as next week  —  A new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini powered by M1, Apple's breakthrough chip for the Mac  —  Cupertino, California — On a momentous day for the Mac …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Apple announces M1, the first Apple silicon SoC for Macs, with 5nm process, 16B transistors, 8-core CPU, up to 8-core GPU, and a 16-core neural engine  —  A big boost over its Intel-based machines  —  Apple has introduced the new M1 chip that will power its new generation of Arm-based Macs.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple debuts M1-powered 13.3" MacBook Air without a fan, claims up to 3.5x better CPU performance and up to 18 hour video playback, starting at $999  —  Apple today introduced a new MacBook Air as its first Mac with a custom Apple Silicon processor known as the M1 chip.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple debuts 13.3" MacBook Pro with M1, up to 2.8x faster CPU, up to 5x faster GPU, up to 11x faster ML, up to 20 hours battery, and up to 16GB RAM, from $1,299  —  Apple today unveiled a new 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring the Apple M1 chip, replacing the previous Intel x86 models.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces an updated Mac mini with M1, giving 3x faster CPU and 6x faster GPU, up to 16GB RAM and 2TB storage, starting at $699  —  Apple today announced a new Mac mini featuring the Apple M1 chip.  Apple said the new chip enables up to 3x faster CPU performance, and up to 6x better graphics …
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Apple's new MacBook Air and Pro still have 720p webcams but they're updated with better noise reduction, dynamic range, and ML-based face detection  —  Apple has unveiled its first Macs with custom M1 chips.  For its notebooks, those include the 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
EU files antitrust charges against Amazon over its dual role as a marketplace for third-party vendors and a competitor selling its own goods  —  Vestager says group uses non-public data it gathers on sales on its website to inform its own-label products  —  The EU has hit Amazon …
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Spotify to buy Megaphone, which offers technology for podcast publishers and advertisers seeking targeted slots on podcasts, for $235M  —  - Spotify has been on a podcast acquisition tear in the past couple years, striking deals for shows from those including Joe Rogan …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
An ex-Microsoft engineer is sentenced to 9 years in prison for stealing $10M in digital currency from Microsoft, in US' first Bitcoin case involving tax fraud  —  An ex-Microsoft engineer was sentenced to nine years in prison for 18 federal felonies after he stole more than $10 million worth …
Derek Robertson / The Guardian:
How AI-powered tools like OpenAI's Jukebox are being used to create deepfake music, which could lead to a host of ethical and intellectual property issues  —  'It's Christmas time!  It's hot tub time!" sings Frank Sinatra.  At least, it sounds like him.  With an easy swing, cheery bonhomie …
New York Times:
US officials and experts say a crippling cyberattack on election infrastructure did not come to pass due to the pre-emptive steps taken by the US Cyber Command  —  The 2020 election was the biggest test yet of a new approach of pre-emptive action against adversaries trying to hack election infrastructure …

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