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November 10, 2020, 1:55 PM

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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 …
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.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Apple says macOS Big Sur will be available on November 12  —  Featuring big design changes and new app features  —  Apple says it'll release macOS 11.0, dubbed Big Sur, on November 12th.  The company first announced the new OS at its developer's conference in June and released it as a public beta in August.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Facebook removed seven pages, with over 2.45 million followers, tied to Steve Bannon for pushing misinformation about voter fraud and election results  —  The pages, which promoted the ‘Stop the Steal’ effort and other misleading messages related to the election, were removed over the weekend …
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 …
Nate Lanxon / Bloomberg:
Take-Two Interactive agrees to acquire British game developer Codemasters for $956M in cash and stock, after disclosing negotiations last week  —  Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., the company behind popular video games including Grand Theft Auto and NBA 2K, agreed to buy …
Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
Facebook and Twitter's warning labels during the election were a win for their public relations, but as a tech product, they were too little, too late  —  This election proved Big Tech still hasn't figured out how to make truth spread faster than lies  —  It was the equivalent of Big Tech slapping the …
Chris Burns / SlashGear:
Sling Media, a subsidiary of DISH, says it is closing down today and all Slingbox devices and services will become inoperable in November 2022  —  Slingbox will no longer function as of November 9, 2022.  Sling Media, a subsidiary of DISH, announced that they were closing shop on November 9, 2020.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Cloud directory service JumpCloud raises $75M Series E led by BlackRock, bringing its total raised to $166M+, as the pandemic heightens need for remote IT tools  —  JumpCloud, the cloud directory service that debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield in 2013, announced a $75 million Series E today.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple MagSafe Duo charger review: useful, but underwhelming build quality and is expensive at $129, especially considering it does not come with a power adapter  —  In addition to the new iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, I was able to try out Apple's new MagSafe Duo Charger.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:

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