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November 18, 2020, 6:05 AM

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Amanda Macias / CNBC:
Trump says he has fired CISA Director Christopher Krebs, 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.
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:
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?
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Detailed look at M1-based 13" MacBook Pro's performance shows huge gains over Intel chips as well as 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.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
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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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Ian Allison / CoinDesk:
OXIO, which lets big brands offer telco-type services by turning mobile data into a tradeable digital asset using tokens on blockchains, raises $12M Series A  —  OXIO wants to use blockchain to make “Telecom-as-a-Service” as common as SaaS.  —  To that end, the New York-based startup …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Startups creating new markets play on “hard mode”, unlike Facebook, which played on “easy”, as its core product was digitizing preexisting offline relationships  —  One way to understand how the Internet is different is to not only examine what business models work …

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