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November 26, 2020, 12:35 AM

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Jay Peters / The Verge:
AWS says it is experiencing an outage in a North American region that has been ongoing since at least 11:30am ET, affecting Roku, Flickr, Adobe, and others  —  AWS has been experiencing an outage for hours  —  Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon's internet infrastructure service that is the backbone …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Salesforce has held talks about acquiring Slack, although a deal is not guaranteed; Slack stock jumps 30%+ while Salesforce falls ~4%  —  A deal would likely value Slack at more than $17 billion and mark Salesforce's largest acquisition ever  —  Salesforce.com Inc. is in advanced talks …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Kuo says Apple will introduce redesigned MacBooks with Apple Silicon and an Apple Watch with a new form factor, both in the second half of 2021  —  In a report today, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared his view on Apple's product momentum heading into the holidays.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Apple stands by head of global security Thomas Moyer, indicted on bribery charges: “We conducted a thorough internal investigation and found no wrongdoing”  —  Sheriff's office allegedly sought 200 iPads in trade for concealed carry permits.  —  A grand jury in California's …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Coinbase says it will end margin trading immediately after revised guidance from the CFTC; the feature will be fully offline by the end of December  —  Crypto exchange Coinbase plans to end all margin trading effective Nov. 25, 2020, due to recent regulations by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
An inside look at Facebook News Feeds of two baby boomers for three weeks around Election Day showed that comments were a primary source of debunked claims  —  Many Americans' feeds are nightmares.  I know because I spent weeks living inside two of them.  —  Opinion writer at large.
New York Times:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Cade Metz / New York Times:
For many AI researchers, OpenAI's GPT-3 has been an unexpected step toward machines that can understand the vagaries of human language  —  The latest natural-language system generates tweets, pens poetry, summarizes emails, answers trivia questions, translates languages and even writes its own computer programs.
Dan Weil / TheStreet:
Square buys Credit Karma Tax unit from Intuit for $50M and will integrate its free tax filing service into Cash App  —  Square (SQ) - Get Report shares rose Wednesday after the payments company said it's buying Credit Karma's tax unit for $50 million cash.  —  Credit Karma Tax …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Interpol arrests three suspected members of Nigerian email scam group TMT and says the group's malware has infected 50K+ organizations in 150 countries  —  The TMT group has infected more than 50,000 organizations around the world with malware.  —  Three Nigerians suspected of being part …
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 …

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