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November 16, 2020, 3:45 PM

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Abby Vollmer / The GitHub Blog:
GitHub reinstates the youtube-dl project, raises its bar for DMCA takedown requests, and creates $1M legal defense fund to help open source devs fight takedowns  —  Today we reinstated youtube-dl, a popular project on GitHub, after we received additional information about the project …
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 …
Financial Times:
Max Schrems' campaign group noyb files complaints with German and Spanish regulators, claiming Apple breaks EU law by letting advertisers track users via IDFA  —  Austrian activist files complaints with German and Spanish data protection authorities  —  Apple is breaking EU law …
Gary Ng / iPhone in Canada Blog:
Apple responds to privacy concerns over checking macOS apps' Developer ID certs over OCSP, ceases logging IP addresses, will launch encrypted protocol in 2021  —  Following privacy concerns from Mac users after Apple's Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) server went down …
Phil Vachon / Security Embedded:
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Investigation: US military buys granular movement data of people around the world from a wide array of apps for Muslim dating, prayer, Craigslist, weather, more  —  A Muslim prayer app with over 98 million downloads is one of the apps connected to a wide-ranging supply chain …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Zoom unveils At-Risk Meeting Notifier, a feature that scans the net for posted Zoom meeting links and alerts meeting organizers to potential Zoombombing attacks  —  The new “At-Risk Meeting Notifier” Zoom feature scans the internet and alerts conference organizers when a link to their Zoom meeting has been posted online.
BuzzFeed News:
Sources: Facebook's 3rd-party content mods were never instructed to enforce its “call to arms policy” from 2019, meant to prevent real world armed intimidation  —  “What we learned after Kenosha is that Facebook's call to arms policy didn't just fail.  It was never designed to function properly in the first place."
Todd Spangler / Variety:
WarnerMedia says HBO Max will be available on Amazon Fire devices from November 17  —  The HBO Max app for Amazon's devices will be available Tuesday, Nov. 17.  The launch will bring WarnerMedia's flagship direct-to-consumer product to Amazon's estimated 40 million-plus active Fire TV users …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia announces A100 80GB GPU for supercomputers, offering twice the memory of its predecessor, introduced in May 2020  —  Nvidia launched its 80GB version of the A100 graphics processing unit (GPU), targeting the graphics and AI chip at supercomputing applications.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Activity and fitness tracking service Strava raises $110M Series F led by TCV and Sequoia, touts growth rate of 2M new users per month in 2020  —  Activity and fitness tracking platform Strava has raised $110 million in new funding, in a Series F round led by TCV and Sequoia …

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