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November 17, 2020, 4:30 PM

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Detailed look at M1-based 13" MacBook Pro's performance shows huge gains that make Intel's chips look obsolete and battery life that far exceeds previous Macs  —  Survival and strategy games are often played in stages.  You have the early game where you're learning the ropes, understanding systems.
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
Deep dive on the fan-cooled M1 chip in the Mac Mini: performance is “outstandingly good”, besting Intel's chips and on par with AMD's new Zen3 line  —  Last week, Apple made industry news by announcing new Mac products based upon the company's new Apple Silicon M1 SoC chip …
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?
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter rolls out Fleets, its ephemeral Stories feature, globally, and says it plans to test an audio-based social networking feature similar to Clubhouse  —  Twitter this morning is launching its own version of Stories — aka “Fleets” — to its global user base.
CBS News:
Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about their companies' actions related to the 2020 election  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Tuesday to question Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on their companies' actions around …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram formally debuts Guides, a feature letting creators share long-form content in a dedicated tab on their profile, and now lets you search with keywords  —  Earlier this year, Instagram launched a new feature called “Guides,” which allowed creators to share tips …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Robinhood is asking banks to pitch for roles in an IPO, aiming to go public as soon as the first quarter of 2021  —  Robinhood Markets, the trading platform that's proved popular with novice investors, has asked banks to pitch for roles in an initial public offering, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google Maps updates with pandemic-oriented features like takeout tracking, public transport crowd info, and additions to COVID-19 overlay like local case counts  —  Updates to COVID overlay, takeout tracking, and public transport crowds  —  Google has announced a handful of improvements coming …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Firefox 83 arrives with HTTPS-Only Mode, pinch-to-zoom support, up to 15% better page load performance, and memory usage reduced by up to 8%  —  Mozilla today launched Firefox 83 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  Firefox 83 includes an HTTPS-Only Mode, performance improvements, and a handful of new developer features.
Michael McSweeney / The Block:
Bitcoin's market cap hits $329.91B, a new all-time high, breaking December 2017's record, after the price crossed $17K for the first time since January 2018  —  The market capitalization of bitcoin has broken its previous all-time high record, according to market data.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok expands Family Pairing parental controls for kids age 13 or older to include commenting, account privacy, and the ability to access the search bar  —  TikTok today announced it's expanding its parental control feature set known as Family Pairing to give parents additional tools …
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 …
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 …
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?
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
OpenPhone, which offers businesses a single phone number that entire teams can access through its iOS, Android apps, raises $14M Series A led by Craft Ventures  —  OpenPhone, a company setting out to replace “antiquated” business phone systems, has raised $14 million in a series A round of funding led by David Sacks' Craft Ventures.

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