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November 16, 2020, 8:25 AM

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Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
A large number of mostly late 2013 and mid 2014 MacBook Pro users are reporting that upgrading to macOS Big Sur is bricking their computers  —  A large number of late 2013 and mid 2014 13-inch MacBook Pro owners are reporting that the macOS Big Sur update is bricking their machines.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
It's hard to believe Craig Federighi's claim that Apple wasn't “remotely considering” touch for Macs, given Big Sur's large controls and iOS apps coming to Macs  —  Reviews of new Apple Silicon Macs are not out yet.  They're likely to be good.  But one small disappointment lingers …
Phil Vachon / Security Embedded:
A deep dive into OCSP responder Apple uses to verify integrity of Mac apps, which is a critical part of macOS security, but could benefit from more transparency  —  On November 12, 2020 Apple released macOS Big Sur.  In the hours after the release went live, somewhere in Apple's infrastructure …
Wall Street Journal:
A look at Parler, backed by Rebekah Mercer, which has doubled its user base to 10M in a week, but unlike Facebook and Twitter leaves moderation to users  —  The libertarian-minded platform aims to challenge tech giants through a focus on free speech; surge in users since the election
Financial Times:
Max Schrems' campaign group noyb files complaints with German and Spanish regulators, claims Apple breaks EU law by enabling iPhone users to be tracked via IDFA  —  Austrian activist files complaints with German and Spanish data protection authorities  —  Apple is breaking EU law …
Frank McShan / MacRumors:
Results uploaded to Geekbench show that Apple Silicon M1 scores higher than every previous Mac in the single core benchmark, even when the M1 is emulating x86  —  The first native benchmarks of Apple's M1 chip appeared on the Geekbench site last week showing impressive native performance.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google updates COVID-19 forecasting models with 28 day projections, up from 14, and expands the service to Japan, after initially launching only in the US  —  In August, in partnership with the Harvard Global Health Institute, Google launched a set of models — the COVID-19 Public Forecasts …
Will Oremus / OneZero :
A look at the debate over the kind of news Facebook users are reading, after Facebook released more data on top performing link posts in the US  —  What kind of news does the news feed feed when the news feed does feed news?  —  Since July, New York Times journalist Kevin Roose …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
London-based Harbr raises $38.5M Series A to help businesses exchange and share big data sets securely  —  Organizations today are sitting on mountains of data that they amass and use in their own businesses, but many are also looking to share those troves with other parties to expand their business …
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