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November 23, 2020, 9:55 PM

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Sue Dremann / Palo Alto Online:
Apple's head of global security Thomas Moyer indicted for trying to bribe Santa Clara sheriff's office with 200 iPads in return for concealed firearm permits  —  Defendants include Sheriff Laurie Smith's second-in-command  —  Four people, including top brass in the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Snap announces Spotlight, a vertically scrollable TikTok-like feed inside Snapchat, and will pay $1M every day to users who create the top Snaps through 2020  —  After taking on TikTok with music-powered features last month, Snapchat this morning is officially launching a dedicated place within …
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Internal reports detail how Amazon tracks labor, environmental movements in EU; Amazon confirms hiring union-busting Pinkerton agency to spy on warehouse staff  —  Dozens of leaked documents from Amazon's Global Security Operations Center reveal the company's reliance on Pinkerton operatives …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitter will now show a warning when someone tries to like a tweet labeled for misinformation, says such warnings decreased quote retweets of misinfo by 29%  —  The company already displays a warning when you try to retweet a labeled tweet  —  Ahead of the 2020 election …
Bernard Meyer / CyberNews:
Researchers find actively-exploited backdoors in low-cost Jetstream and Wavlink routers sold at Walmart, Amazon, and eBay  —  In a collaboration between CyberNews Sr. Information Security Researcher , Mantas Sasnauskas and researchers James Clee and Roni Carta, suspicious backdoors …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Last month Intel quietly shut down Intel Studios, its 10,000-square-foot AR/VR volumetric capture stage in LA that opened in 2018  —  Intel has pulled the plug on one of its most ambitious AR/VR projects to date: The company quietly shut down Intel Studios, a 10,000-square-foot volumetric capture stage in Los Angeles, last month.
Tina Bellon / Reuters:
Uber and Lyft awarded a federal contract by the GSA, estimated to be worth up to $810M over five years, to offer ride-sharing services to public agency workers  —  (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc have been awarded a federal contract worth up to $810 million to offer …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Boulevard, a spa management and payment platform, raises $27M Series B led by Index Ventures and Toba Capital  —  Boulevard, a spa management and payment platform, has raised $27 million in a new round of funding despite a business slowdown caused by the COVID0-19 pandemic.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Google Pay will no longer support send/receive money functionality from web app, starting January 2021, also adds 1.5% fee on instant transfers via debit card  —  The new Google Pay app brings a ton of new functionality and makes some big promises, but it also has a couple of big caveats that weren't widely known on launch day.
VentureBeat:
Paris-based GrAI Matter Labs, which is working to bring fastest AI per watt for edge computing with its GrAI One accelerator chip, raises $14M led by iBionext  —  GrAI Matter Labs, a pioneer of brain inspired ultra-low latency computing, today announced its latest financing round of $14 million.
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