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November 12, 2020, 2:45 PM

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases macOS 11 Big Sur with a redesigned interface, new Control Center, redesigned Notification Center with widgets, and more  —  After nearly five months of beta testing, macOS 11 Big Sur is now available to the general public.  Big Sur is a massive update for the Mac …
Andrew Griffin / The Independent:
Interviews with Apple's Greg Joswiak, Craig Federighi, and John Ternus on the development of M1, the future of Macs, buying version one hardware, and more  —  Exclusive: Apple's hardware, software and marketing chiefs explain how the company's new processors came to exist  —  Apple's new M1 chip is a lot of things.
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, says he has come out of retirement to join Microsoft's Developer Division  —  Guido van Rossum, the creator of the Python programming language, today announced that he has unretired and joined Microsoft's Developer Division.
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.
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 …
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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook brings Vanish Mode, its Snapchat-like feature for disappearing messages, to Messenger and Instagram  —  Facebook today announced its new Snapchat-like feature for disappearing messaging, Vanish Mode, is arriving on Messenger and Instagram.  The feature, meant for more casual conversations …
More: The Verge, 9to5Mac, and CNET
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 …

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