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November 18, 2020, 10:30 AM

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Nick Statt / The Verge:
Apple will reduce App Store cut to 15% for any developer that earns less than $1M in revenue per year from their apps, starting January 1  —  Any developer that earns less than $1 million in revenue per year is eligible  —  On Wednesday, Apple announced a reduction to its longstanding App …
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Sensor Tower: Apple's move will affect ~98% of developers that pay the company a commission, but they accounted for less than 5% of App Store revenue last year  —  App makers bridled at the 30 percent commission, which has drawn scrutiny from regulators looking into antitrust claims.
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
Trump says he has fired CISA Director Christopher Krebs, baselessly calling Krebs' previous statement on the security of the 2020 election “highly inaccurate”  —  - President Donald Trump announced Tuesday on Twitter that he has “terminated” top U.S. cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs.
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Zuckerberg says Facebook won't moderate Trump differently once he leaves office but spokesman says he'll be fact-checked; Twitter will end special treatment  —  Many world leaders generally have wider latitude on Twitter and Facebook because their comments and posts are regarded as political speech …
Evelyn Douek / Wired:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki should have been at Tuesday's Senate hearing alongside Dorsey and Zuckerberg, given YouTube is also a major vector for disinformation  —  YouTube is a major vector for election and other disinformation.  But its CEO isn't with Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey on Capitol Hill today.
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Nick Summers / Engadget:
Fortnite now offers Houseparty video calls on PC, PS4, and PS5; users need the Houseparty app installed on an iOS or Android device, which functions as a webcam  —  Houseparty wants to change the way that people communicate while playing video games.  The company, which offers …
Om Malik / On my Om:
M1 completes Steve Jobs' vision of Apple making “the whole widget” for all the devices in the company's product line  —  Even as Apple's final event of 2020 gradually becomes a speck in the rearview mirror, I can't help continually thinking about the new M1 chip that debuted there.
More: MacRumorsTweets: @om, @reneritchie, @kevinctofel, and @rklau
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 Zen 3 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:
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Marissa Mayer's Lumi Labs, now called Sunshine, unveils Sunshine Contacts, an AI-powered contact organizer app for iOS  —  Marissa Mayer shoves her iPhone toward her MacBook's webcam until it overwhelms the screen on the Google Meet video call we are sharing.  —  “I admire Apple,” she declares.
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.
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 …
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.
Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:
Trust & Will, a digitally native will and estate planning startup, raises $15M Series B, led by Jackson Square Ventures  —  Let's get something morbid out of the way right up front: estate planning is a growth business in 2020.  Whether you need to create or update a will, build a family trust …

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