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November 21, 2020, 5:35 AM

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Samuel Axon / Ars Technica:
Craig Federighi, Johny Srouji, and Greg Joswiak on how Apple designed M1, the importance of UMA, non-linear increase in performance at higher power levels, more  —  Craig Federighi, Johny Srouji, and Greg Joswiak tell us the Apple Silicon story.  —  Some time ago, in an Apple campus building, a group of engineers got together.
TechCrunch:
a16z closes two new funds totaling $4.5B, focused on early and later-stage investments, bringing total assets under management to $16.5B  —  Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has closed a pair of funds totaling $4.5 billion, the firm confirmed in a blog post this morning.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Trump admin is providing only limited cybersecurity assistance to Biden's transition team, which now relies on a standard, paid Google Workspace  —  The incoming administration is working remotely, operating on a standard, paid Google network  —  WASHINGTON—When it comes …
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Michael del Castillo / Forbes:
Crypto analytics startup Chainalysis raises $100M Series C led by Addition at a $1B valuation, says its revenue grew by around 96% over the past year  —  A new bitcoin unicorn is about to be born.  After days of rumors flying around the cryptocurrency industry, investigation firm Chainalysis …
Reed Albergotti / Washington Post:
Congressional staffers say Apple is among companies trying to weaken a bill that would hold US companies accountable for using Uighur forced labor in China  —  Apple wants to water down key provisions of the bill, which would hold U.S. companies accountable for using Uighur forced labor, according to two congressional staffers
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Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
Apple Support page says the company is working with Microsoft on adding support for Xbox Series X controller to Apple devices  —  Apple and Microsoft are working on adding support for the Xbox Series X controller to Apple devices, according to an Apple Support page spotted by a Reddit user.
Peter Guest / Rest of World:
Facebook created country-specific community standards for the first time ahead of Myanmar's general election, and seemingly reduced hate speech and misinfo  —  Accused of enabling genocide, the social media giant has temporarily changed its rules in Myanmar to prevent abuse and misinformation.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
BBC:
YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter say they will join forces with fact-checkers, governments, and researchers to tackle COVID-19 vaccine conspiracies from January  —  Three of the largest social networks have said they will join forces with fact-checkers, governments and researchers to try to come …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Amazon agrees to pull HBO from Fire TV's Amazon Channels next year; WarnerMedia wanted HBO out to maintain a direct relationship with users via its app  —  - Amazon has agreed to pull HBO from Amazon Channels in the Amazon Fire TV interface when that agreement lapses next year, sources say.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Users report that Edge browser extensions like NordVPN, TunnelBear VPN spoof legitimate add-ons and redirect Google searches; Microsoft says it's investigating  —  Edge users take to social media to report their Web searches are being hijacked.  —  For years, Google and Mozilla have battled …
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Damian Radcliffe / ZDNet:
Report: In the Middle East, $704M was invested across 564 different startups in 2019, compared to only $15M in five venture deals in 2009  —  The coronavirus is having an impact, but the Middle East's startup scene is showing some unexpected trends.  —  At the end of last year, the Middle East's startup scene was on the up and up.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Survey of post samples from 173 adult US Facebook users' feeds during October 2020 found that 54% of users saw no news within the first 10 posts of their feeds  —  What do people see in their Facebook feeds?  How much news do they encounter there — from legitimate outlets or from those known for sowing misinformation?
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple defends its delayed IDFA changes in iOS 14 and slams Facebook, saying “its intent is to collect as much data as possible” on its users  —  Last month, a coalition of eight civil and human rights organizations penned an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding …
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