November 12, 2020, 5:05 AM

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Jay Peters / The Verge:
YouTube, YouTube TV, and Google TV are back online after suffering video playback issues worldwide  —  There were issues loading videos during the outage  —  YouTube has recovered from a seemingly worldwide outage that prevented videos from loading for roughly an hour.
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 …
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.
Karl Bode / VICE:
With Ajit Pai likely out as chairman when FCC reverts to Democratic control, experts say Pai's likely to leave and his controversial decisions will be reversed  —  You can expect most of his more controversial decisions, like the repeal of net neutrality, to be reversed.  —  His trademark grin.
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 …
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Amazon unveils Alexa Care Hub, which helps people care for aging relatives, offering an activity feed caregivers can review, and an emergency contact feature  —  - More seniors than ever are choosing to remain at home and live independently.  — Amazon wants to make it easier for caregivers to check in on their aging relatives.
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 …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Amazon says Alexa for US English-language users will infer goals implicit in requests, like asking to set a timer after being asked “How long to steep tea?”  —  Amazon today announced a new Alexa feature for U.S.-based English-language users that enables devices powered …
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Google patches two Chrome zero-days that were exploited in the wild, after tips from anonymous sources; Google has patched five Chrome zero-days in three weeks  —  Google has now patched five Chrome zero-days in three weeks.  —  Google has released today Chrome version 86..4240.198 to patch …
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
From 2020's Singles' Day sale, which was extended to 12 days from 24 hours previously, Alibaba and report around $115B in sales across their platforms  —  - Alibaba set a new sales record for the annual Singles Day shopping event.  — Singles Day is typically a 24-hour shopping event …
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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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: Snap is acquiring, a startup that builds AI-based voice assistants for customer support services, for $70M in cash plus $50M in stock  —  Snapchat is the quintessential consumer app: with an array of fun filters, it encourages people to send fun, disappearing messages to friends and has a large base of younger users.

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