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November 20, 2020, 2:20 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft is making a big push to entice Zoom users to Teams with a new free all-day video calling feature with up to 300 people on the web  —  Microsoft Teams is now free to use for 24-hour video calls all in a browser  —  Microsoft is making a big push to entice fans of Zoom …
Scott Stein / CNET:
Apple's AR execs on how iPhones and iPads are becoming world-mapping, object-scanning tools that are laying the groundwork for the arrival of AR headsets  —  Sometime in the not-too-distant future, Apple will reportedly unveil an augmented- or mixed-reality headset.  Apple hasn't discussed any headgear yet.
Bloomberg:
Facebook responds to Apple's defense of IDFA, saying Apple is using its “dominant market position to self-preference their own data collection”  —  Apple Inc. on Thursday slammed Facebook Inc. and other internet giants for their ad-targeting practices in response to a letter questioning …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
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 …
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
Apple announces Barbara Whye as its new head of inclusion and diversity starting in early 2021; Whye will arrive from a similar role at Intel  —  Apple has announced a new vice president of inclusion and diversity.  Barbara Whye, who has made a name for herself as Intel's head of D&I, will join the iPhone-maker in early 2021.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Roblox files S-1 for its IPO, reports losses of $206M on $589M in revenue, 31.1M DAU, and 22.2B engaged hours, up 122% YoY, for the first nine months of 2020  —  Roblox, a Silicon Valley-based based social gaming platform for tweens and teens, on Thursday filed for a $1 billion initial public offering.
James Pearson / Reuters:
Source: Vietnam has threatened to shut down Facebook inside the country if it does not censor more “anti-state” posts on the platform  —  HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam has threatened to shut down Facebook in the country if it does not bow to government pressure to censor …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Robinhood co-founder Baiju Bhatt steps down as co-CEO, leaving Vlad Tenev as sole CEO ahead of a rumored IPO  —  Robinhood, creator of the popular stock-trading app of the same name, announced on Friday that Vlad Tenev will be the company's sole chief executive, ending an arrangement …
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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Stackline, an online retail intelligence and management startup with clients like Sony, Levi's, and Starbucks, raises $50M Series A from Goldman Sachs  —  Stackline raised $50 million from Goldman Sachs Growth Equity to fuel its online retail intelligence platform as the e-commerce industry grows rapidly amid the pandemic.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says it has completed a global rollout of RCS and will start testing end-to-end encryption in Android Messages  —  In mid-2019, Google decided to take over and speed up the launch of RCS.  A little over 17 months later, Google announced today that it has completed a global rollout of RCS …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud gaming service launches in beta on iOS as a web app, bypassing Apple's App Store and letting iOS users play Fortnite  —  Nvidia joins Microsoft in bypassing Apple's App Store  —  Nvidia is joining its fellow cloud gaming providers in choosing to bypass Apple's App Store …
Tom Simonite / Wired:
Research renews concerns about gender bias in image recognition services offered by Google, Microsoft, and Amazon  —  A new paper renews concerns about bias in image recognition services offered by Google, Microsoft, and Amazon.  —  MEN OFTEN JUDGE women by their appearance.  Turns out, computers do too.

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