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November 17, 2020, 2:24 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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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?
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.
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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