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November 12, 2020, 1:25 PM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Apple HomePod mini review: has a compact design, is affordable, and Siri is fast, but doesn't sound as good as similarly priced competitors  —  Apple's newest smart speaker is way more affordable but still chasing Amazon and Google  —  Two and a half years ago, Apple finally entered the smart speaker market with the HomePod.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Facebook redesigns Instagram's layout to add dedicated tabs for shopping and Reels in the navigation bar, after testing the change in September  —  Instagram is redesigning the layout of its home screen to emphasize shopping and Reels.  The company introduced a new design that gives shopping …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Sources: Trump has told friends he wants to start an online media channel, which would be cheaper than cable, to undermine Fox News  —  President Trump has told friends he wants to start a digital media company to clobber Fox News and undermine the conservative-friendly network, sources tell Axios.
Will Oremus / OneZero :
Google's free unlimited Photos storage offer is an object lesson in anticompetitive behavior that helped drive startups like Everpix and Loom out of the market  —  A new policy perfectly illustrates a core issue across the industry  —  After five years of Google Photos offering unlimited …
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Sonos launches Sonos Radio HD, an ad-free lossless-quality tier of its radio service for $7.99 per month, available today in the US and UK  —  Sonos Radio is already the fourth-most-listened-to service on the platform  —  After spending years as a platform for showcasing other music and audio services …
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
Samsung unveils Exynos 1080, a 5nm SoC with a 5G modem capable of both sub-6GHz frequencies and mmWave  —  Today Samsung LSI announced the new Exynos 1080 SoC, a successor to last year's Exynos 980.  This year's 1080 is seemingly positioned a little above the 980 in terms of performance …
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.
Annie Musgrove / Tech.eu:
Pipedrive, a sales CRM startup that was founded in Estonia and is now based in NYC, takes a majority investment from Vista Equity Partners at a $1.5B valuation  —  Pipedrive, a CRM platform for sales and marketing teams, has signed an agreement to receive a majority investment from Vista Equity Partners …
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Bloomberg:
Venezuela, in the depths of a financial crisis, has seen usage of P2P payments app Zelle, owned by seven US banks, surge as people turn to USD for transactions  —  When Federico Suárez made an overnight trip to Valencia last month to visit his boyfriend, the 24-year-old Caracas-based lawyer was in the mood to splurge.
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.

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