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November 17, 2020, 10:55 AM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple MacBook Pro with M1 review: great performance, display, and battery life but only two USB ports, RAM limited to 16GB, and a miserable webcam  —  Apple's M1 processor has many upsides, with few downsides  —  The easiest, best way to think about the new entry-level MacBook Pro is that it is a MacBook Air with a fan.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Apple MacBook Air with M1 review: incredibly fast performance with no fan noise, decent gaming performance, and a great keyboard and trackpad  —  Apple's new MacBook Air is stunningly fast.  It's raring to go the instant you open its lid.  Want to browse the web?
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple Mac mini with M1 review: existing apps run well and the price is appealing, but RAM, limited to 16GB, can't be upgraded and doesn't support external GPUs  —  Apple's Arm chip punches above its weight class  —  The Mac mini has always been Apple's most flexible desktop computer.
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Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:
Microsoft announces Pluton, its new project with AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm, to create x86 and ARM CPUs that integrate a dedicated security component  —  Microsoft teamed up with AMD, Intel and Qualcomm to create a T2-like co-processor  —  The next Windows PC you buy could come …
CNBC:
Amazon launches Amazon Pharmacy, letting customers in the US order prescription medications for home delivery, including free delivery for Prime members  —  - Amazon is making its biggest move yet into the pharmacy space.  — Amazon Pharmacy is designed to make it easy and convenient to order prescription medicines online.
David Kirton / Reuters:
Huawei is selling its Honor smartphone unit to a consortium of over 30 agents and dealers for an undisclosed sum; buyers are creating a new company for purchase  —  Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is selling its budget brand smartphone unit Honor to a consortium of over 30 agents and dealers …
BuzzFeed News:
Internal Facebook data shows that labels on Trump's election misinformation posts only decreased shares by ~8%, and failed to slow their spread across the site  —  Internal data shows that labels on President Trump's posts decrease reshares by about 8%.  They still account for some of the most engaging posts on the platform.
Callum Booth / The Next Web:
Security researcher demonstrates how Apple's apps on macOS Big Sur bypass firewalls and VPNs, an issue first brought to light in October  —  DON'T WORRY THOUGH, APPLE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY CARES ABOUT YOUR PRIVACY  —  For all of Apple's talk of being privacy-first, often its marketing speak …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Twitter names Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, veteran of Stripe, Google, and DARPA, to the new position of head of security  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Social media giant Twitter TWTR.N Inc, under increased threat of regulation and plagued by serious security breaches …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
Barack Obama says today's online information ecosystem, which boosts conspiracy theories like QAnon, is “the single biggest threat to our democracy”  —  Barack Obama was describing to me the manner in which the Mongol emperor and war-crimes innovator Genghis Khan would besiege a town.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Airbnb releases public IPO filing, seeks Nasdaq listing under ticker ABNB, reports $219M in net income on revenues of $1.3B last quarter, down nearly 19% YoY  —  - Airbnb has released its prospectus to debut on public markets.  —  Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb
Clio Chang / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Substack, whose founders insist it is a platform, not a media company, and say there is less need for moderation as readers opt in to newsletters  —  Did a newsletter company create a more equitable media system—or replicate the flaws of the old one?
CBS News:
Livestream of testimonies of Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey before the Senate Judiciary Committee on their companies' actions around the 2020 election  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Tuesday to question Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Levels raises $12M seed round led by a16z to help it bring to market its biowearable metabolic sensor that features continuous glucose monitoring  —  Levels today is announcing a large seed round to help bring its biowearable metabolic sensor to market.  The innovative platform pairs …
More: VentureBeatThanks:@mjburnsy
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 …

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