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November 12, 2020, 11:47 AM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Apple HomePod mini review: has a compact design, is priced accessibly, 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.
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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Facebook redesigns layout of Instagram to add dedicated tabs for shopping and Reels in the app's navigation bar  —  Instagram is redesigning the layout of its home screen to emphasize shopping and Reels.  The company introduced a new design that gives shopping and Reels permanent placement in the app's navigation bar.
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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Jay Peters / The Verge:
YouTube, YouTube TV, and Google TV are back online after suffering video playback issues worldwide on Wednesday evening  —  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.
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 …

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