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November 11, 2020, 8:00 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 …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Facebook and Google have extended 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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Joe Biden's transition team of advisers 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Palo Alto Networks says it will acquire attack surface manager Expanse in an $800M deal; Expanse raised $136M  —  Expanse's platform will be added to the Cortex product suite.  —  Palo Alto Networks has announced the acquisition of Expanse to boost the capabilities of the firm's Cortex cybersecurity product portfolio.
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 …
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 …
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