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November 17, 2020, 8:00 PM

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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.
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?
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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 …
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.
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
Trump says he has fired Christopher Krebs as the Director of CISA, 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Google says it has resolved the issue that caused an outage for Nest's mobile app and some devices for hours  —  It's not just you.  Nest is down again, with this November outage taking down the original mobile app as well as some Nest devices.  —  This latest Nest outage seems …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Talkspace is working with an adviser on a possible sale; a deal would value the company at about $1B according to a source  —  - Online therapy app has held discussions with potential suitors  — Discussions come as pandemic accelerates telemedicine growth

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