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November 18, 2020, 1:30 PM

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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.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google rolls out update to Chrome, with pages now loading up to 7% faster, CPU usage reduced by up to 5x by throttling background tabs, and reduced usage of RAM  —  The last Chrome update for 2020 is all about efficiency  —  Google is wrapping up 2020 with what it claims …
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.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google announces a major redesign for Google Pay for iOS and Android and is partnering with 11 banks to launch Plex, mobile-first bank accounts, in 2021  —  Google is launching a major redesign of its Google Pay app on both Android and iOS today.  Like similar phone-based contactless payment services …
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.
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Over 200 Facebook contract moderators sign an open letter criticizing Facebook, Accenture, and CPL for ending WFH policies and call for better protections  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Facebook moderators forced back to the office raise alarms about Covid-19 protections.
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 …
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Abacus.AI, which helps companies manage AI models, raises $22M Series B, following $13M Series A in July  —  AI startup RealityEngines.AI changed its name to Abacus.AI in July.  At the same time, it announced a $13 million Series A round.  Today, only a few months later …
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 …

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