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November 24, 2020, 3:45 PM

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New York Times:
Sources: after the election, Zuckerberg agreed to temporarily tweak Facebook's algorithm to make authoritative news like CNN and NYT appear more prominently  —  Employees and executives are battling over how to reduce misinformation and hate speech without hurting the company's bottom line.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it will relaunch account verifications in early 2021 for six categories, including news, companies, and government officials, and asks for feedback  —  Twitter announced today it's planning to relaunch its verification system in 2021, and will now begin the process …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitter will now show a warning when someone tries to like a tweet labeled for misinformation and 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 …
Patrick Moorhead / Forbes:
Apple's M1 Macs are impressive but some may want to pass on them for now due to incompatibility or stability issues with apps like Matlab, Parallels, and Docker  —  I've read the first batch of Apple MacBook Pro 13" M1 reviews from the Apple-chosen first reviewers and you'd be hard to find anything negative about the new laptop.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: WaPo is nearing 3M digital subscribers, up 50% YoY; NYT has tripled digital-only subscribers since 2016 to 6.1M  —  The New York Times and The Washington Post have very different strategies for building the subscription news company of the future.  —  The big picture …
Justin Hendry / iTnews:
Australian Government agency IGIS says one or more of the country's intelligence and security agencies collected data related to COVIDSafe contact tracing app  —  But not decrypted, access or used, IGIS says.  —  One or more of Australia's key intelligence and security agencies “incidentally” …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Mobile banking app Current raises $131M Series C led by Tiger Global Management, giving it a valuation of $750M, and touts over 2M members  —  U.S. challenger bank Current, which has doubled its member base in less than six months, announced this morning it raised $131 million in Series C funding, led by Tiger Global Management.
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 …
Rachel Monroe / The Atlantic:
Behind the rise of TikTok's teen stars, content houses, and the D'Amelios, who this year have focused on establishing themselves as the first family of TikTok  —  Collab day at Clubhouse Beverly Hills was scheduled to start at 2 p.m., but that time came and went and the mansion was still as sleepy as a college dorm on Saturday morning.

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