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November 11, 2020, 5:25 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google will end its free unlimited Photos storage on June 1, 2021, imposing a 15GB cap, but photos and documents uploaded before then will not count against cap  —  After 15 gigs, you'll need to pony up for Google One  —  After five years of offering unlimited free photo backups at …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
TikTok asks federal court to intervene in CFIUS order forcing sale of TikTok's US operations by Nov. 12; sources: TikTok hasn't heard from Trump admin in weeks  —  - TikTok hasn't heard from the Trump administration in weeks as it tries to figure out whether or not to proceed to sell a minority stake in itself to Oracle and Walmart.
David Craddock / Shacknews:
Interview with Xbox boss Phil Spencer on volunteering to take over the division, launching a console during a pandemic, and Microsoft's gaming ambitions  —  The ‘Xboss’ of Xbox reflects on his early years at Microsoft, the circumstances that led to him volunteering to lead Microsoft's Xbox division …
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources detail how Elliott Management helped Masayoshi Son save SoftBank from financial ruin in the spring; sources say Elliott now owns $5B+ in SoftBank shares  —  The world's most unpredictable technology investor was coached out of the crisis by hedge fund Elliott Management, a major shareholder
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Joe Biden's transition team of advisors includes employees from Amazon, Airbnb, Uber, and other tech companies, as well as several outspoken tech critics  —  - Biden's transition agency review teams already includes several current and former tech employees from companies …
New York Times:
Claiming they're censored by Twitter and Facebook, some conservatives say they're moving to alternatives like Parler, which has 8M users, up from 4.5M last week  —  Since the election, millions have migrated to alternative social media and media sites like Parler, Rumble and Newsmax.
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Facebook and Google quietly extend their planned one week bans on political ads, as Trump and GOP continue their claims of voter fraud  —  Blackouts continue as pro-Trump US election narratives persist  —  Facebook and Google have quietly extended their bans on political advertising beyond …
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
Twitch apologizes to streamers for its mishandling of music copyright, saying it was unprepared for a surge of copyright takedown notices that started in May  —  In a blog post, the platform explained why it sent that weird email last month  —  Twitch published a blog post today …
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
Analysis of Apple's A14 chip shows an increase in single-thread performance of nearly 3x in 5 years, suggesting M1 will be a formidable rival to x86 incumbents  —  From Mobile to Mac: What to Expect?  —  To date, our performance comparisons for Apple's chipsets have always been in the context …
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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple updates TestFlight, its tool for testing beta apps on iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS, with support for automatic updates  —  Apple has updated its TestFlight beta testing application for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV to version 3.0.  The update brings support for automatic updates, as well as stability improvements and bug fixes.
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Researchers say YouTube's policy loopholes for election videos have led to an onslaught of videos aiming to undermine the legitimacy of the election  —  Google video site says election misinformation policies are ‘generally working as intended’  —  On Monday, cable outlet One America News Network posted …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Roku begins rolling out support for Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, available on the majority of Roku's 4K streaming devices  —  Roku says its streaming devices are now the first to support all three voice assistants  —  It's been a long wait, but today Roku is starting to roll out support for Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit features.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Philadelphia-based Fishtown Analytics, which develops the dbt open-source data engineering tool, raises $29.5M Series B led by Sequoia Capital  —  Fishtown Analytics, the Philadelphia-based company behind the dbt open-source data engineering tool, today announced that it has raised …
Samantha Cole / VICE:
Non-consensual porn images and videos, filmed by groups now facing legal action, can live on forever in machine learning datasets used to create deepfake porn  —  Non-consensual porn videos, like many of those shot by Czech Casting and Girls Do Porn, can live on forever in machine learning datasets.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook says political content makes up about 6% of what is seen on its platform and CrowdTangle measures engagement but doesn't predict reach  —  Facebook Tuesday said that political content makes up only about 6% of what users actually see on its platform.

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