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November 13, 2020, 9:15 AM

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Reuters:
Sources: top US cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs told associates he expects to be fired, after CISA refused to delete content debunking election misinfo  —  WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Top U.S. cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs has told associates he expects to be fired …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
DHS says US election was the most secure, with “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised”  —  “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history.”  —  The November 3rd election was the …
BuzzFeed News:
At all-hands, Zuckerberg said that Biden won the election, Bannon violated policies but not enough to shutter his account, Facebook isn't adverse to legislation  —  As false claims declaring that Joe Biden isn't the president-elect flourish on his platform, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees …
Ars Technica:
Many Mac users experienced app slowdowns during the launch of Big Sur, possibly due to issues with Apple's OCSP service being unable to validate certificates  —  Even Macs that didn't upgrade to Big Sur had problems.  —  Mac users today began experiencing unexpected issues …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Commerce Department stays its TikTok shutdown order, citing a federal court's ruling last month in Philadelphia  —  Commerce Department retreat follows federal court ruling, which the U.S. appealed Thursday  —  WASHINGTON—The Commerce Department said Thursday it wouldn't enforce its order …
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Twitter says it labeled 300K election-related tweets from Oct. 27 to Nov. 11 as disputed, accounting for 0.2% of all messages about the election  —  Twitter said on Thursday that it labeled as disputed 300,000 tweets related to the presidential election, or .2 percent of the total number …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
iOS 14.3 beta code indicates Apple may suggest third-party apps to users during the iPhone or iPad setup process, likely to appease antitrust concerns  —  As Apple has been investigating for anti-competitive practices, the company is working on new ways to avoid these accusations and even sanctions from governments around the world.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Chinese President Xi Jinping, furious about Jack Ma's criticisms of regulators, personally made the decision to stop Ant Group's IPO  —  Senior government leaders were furious about wealthy entrepreneur's criticisms of regulators; rebuke was the culmination of years of tense relations
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 …
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.
Canalys:
Total PC market, including tablets, grew to 124.5M units in Q3, up 23% YoY; Lenovo shipped 23.5M devices, up 11.6% YoY, Apple shipped 22.1M, up 41% YoY  —  The total PC market (including tablets) enjoyed a second successive quarter of stellar growth, with total shipments of 124.5 million units, up 23% year-on-year.
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Trump signs an EO prohibiting US companies and individuals from owning shares in 31 Chinese companies previously listed as enabling the PLA, effective Jan. 11  —  President Trump signed an executive order Thursday prohibiting American companies and individuals from owning shares …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
YouTube defends choice to leave up election misinformation videos, saying such videos are “not being surfaced or recommended in any prominent way”  —  The company says its most popular videos are from ‘authoritative’ sources  —  YouTube is pushing back against claims its platform …
Stephanie Sengwe / The Streamable:
Disney says Disney+ had 73M+ paid subscribers at the end of September, up from 57.5M at end of June and 60.5M in early August  —  Disney+ reported today that they have now reached 73.7 million subscribers at the end of September.  This is a 16.2 million climb from last quarter …
Michael Waters / Digiday:
Retailers are using employee influencers on TikTok to garner organic reach, compensating them according to leaderboards built into employee advocacy platforms  —  Brands and retailers are desperate to get their employees to post on TikTok.  —  Last week, GameStop encouraged store workers …
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero :
A look at how COVID-19 has accelerated development of tech that tracks workers, and how physically tracing employees could be mainstream even after the pandemic  —  A boom in contact tracing devices could herald a new era of worker surveillance  —  Before April, Radiant RFID …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:

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