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November 25, 2020, 5:20 AM

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Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Avaaz finds that a small group of Facebook accounts are responsible for the spread of a disproportionate amount of the false posts about voter fraud  —  Researchers have found that a small group of social media accounts are responsible for the spread of a disproportionate amount of the false posts about voter fraud.
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.
Alex Heath / The Information:
Sources: since 2018, over 110,000 government officials and candidates have been on a Facebook whitelist that prevented them from being fact checked  —  During a September 2019 speech in Washington, D.C., Facebook's global policy and communications chief Nick Clegg gave an ardent defense …
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 …
Ashley Gold / Axios:
YouTube says it barred OANN from posting videos for a week and demonetized its content following a video promoting a phony cure for COVID-19  —  YouTube has barred One America News Network from posting new videos for a week and stripped it of its ability to make money off existing content …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Interview with Xbox chief Phil Spencer on gaming trends during the pandemic, releasing two consoles at once, xCloud distribution on Android and iOS, and more  —  The holiday season is always huge for gaming, but this year, it's even bigger: a new console generation has arrived with Microsoft's …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Stripe is in early funding talks with investors that would value it between $70B and $100B; Stripe was last valued at $36B in April  —  - Valuation could double — or more — valuation in April round  — Payment processing software maker competes with Square, Paypal
Colin Harper / CoinDesk:
Ethereum's “Genesis Day”, the first of four migration phases to the Ethereum 2.0 blockchain, has been set for Dec. 1, after enough funds were secured on Monday  —  The biggest update in Ethereum's history will begin its first phase on Dec. 1.  —  Per a tweet by ETH 2. Researcher …
Rory Jones / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google is laying the groundwork for a fiber-optic network that will connect historical enemies Saudi Arabia and Israel for the first time  —  New fiber-optic network would connect the historical enemies, avoid Egypt and open a new corridor for internet traffic
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
Researchers: Baidu Maps and the Baidu App, with ~1.4B downloads globally, were leaking sensitive user data  —  Two apps developed by Chinese tech giant Baidu were leaking “sensitive” user data that potentially left as many as 1.4 billion users open to surveillance or cybercrime, researchers claimed on Tuesday.

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