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November 10, 2020, 12:10 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 …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Apple Silicon Macs will run iOS apps but some developers, including Facebook, Google, and the developers of Candy Crush and Among Us, have already opted out  —  Apple will hold another special event tomorrow, and we expect to see the first Mac with Apple Silicon chips.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Remote, which simplifies hiring remote workers, raises $35M Series A led by Index Ventures, bringing its total raised to $46M  —  Remote working has become the norm in many offices around the world this year, as organizations do what they can to help contain the rapid transmission of Covid-19 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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:
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
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 …
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.
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 …
Patrick Howell O'Neill / MIT Technology Review:
EU tightens rules on surveillance tech, forcing companies selling spyware, facial recognition, and tech with military uses to get a license, be more transparent  —  The goal is to make sales of technologies like spyware and facial recognition more transparent in Europe first, and then worldwide.
Financial Times:
SoftBank's Vision Fund invests $250M in Berlin-based e-scooter rental service Tier Mobility, valuing the startup just below $1B  —  Latest investment values Berlin-based electric scooter start-up just below $1bn  —  SoftBank's Vision Fund has made its first investment into the fast-growing …
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Following positive COVID-19 vaccine news, Zoom's shares fell 13%+ and other “stay-at-home” stocks like Amazon and Netflix dropped 3.4%-5.4%  —  - Zoom Video stock fell as names benefitting from people staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic came under pressure by the vaccine news.

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