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November 26, 2020, 6:05 AM

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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 …
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).
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Jay Peters / The Verge:
AWS experienced an outage in a North American region Wednesday that affected many sites and services including 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 …
The Coinbase Blog:
Coinbase shares an internal email on an upcoming NYT story alleging several Black employees had negative experiences, says it “will paint an inaccurate picture”  —  In the spirit of transparency, we're sharing an internal email that was sent to our employees earlier today: … All,
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.
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.
Jared Newman / Fast Company:
Observable, which develops data visualization tools and aims to build a GitHub-style community, raises $10.5M Series A led by Sequoia Capital and Acrew Capital  —  Creating sophisticated data visualizations may not be for everyone, but a startup called Observable is trying to make the process a bit less impenetrable.

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