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December 3, 2020, 1:40 AM

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Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Three Democratic lawmakers introduce a bill that would require stablecoin issuers to obtain a banking charter, approval from the Federal Reserve and FDIC, more  —  A new U.S. Congressional bill would require stablecoin issuers to secure bank charters and secure regulatory approval prior to circulating any stablecoins.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Slack's struggles to succeed as a standalone company mirror the fortunes of other one-time innovators in enterprise productivity who struggled with distribution  —  And why the era of worker-centered work tools may be over  —  Slack's life as an underdog darling of Silicon Valley ended on November 2, 2016.
Michael del Castillo / Forbes:
Visa says it's connecting its global network of 60M merchants to the US Dollar Coin, a stablecoin created by Circle Internet Financial on ethereum's blockchain  —  Credit card giant Visa today announced it is connecting its global payments network of 60 million merchants to the U.S. Dollar Coin …
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Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
NLRB says in a complaint that Google violated US labor laws by spying on workers who organized staff protests before firing two of them in late 2019  —  Company policies violated labor law, according to the complaint  —  Google violated US labor laws by spying on workers …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon adds webcam support to the 2nd-gen Fire TV Cube, enabling video calls with Alexa-enabled devices, rolling out in the coming weeks in US, UK, elsewhere  —  Call any Alexa-enabled device with a screen, including smartphones, Fire tablets, and the Echo Show
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
TikTok appears to be experimenting with allowing three-minute videos, up from its current 60-second limit  —  The beauty of TikToks is that they're (usually) never long enough to overstay their welcome, but a new report suggests the company behind the app is mulling a big change.
Mike Wuerthele / AppleInsider:
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple to release two new MacBook Pros with an all-new design in 2021 and a more affordable MacBook Air in 2022, all with mini LED panels  —  Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that as part of Apple's mini LED push, the company will release a pair of new MacBook Pro models …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Google says News Showcase will soon add free access to select paywalled articles, and it has doubled publisher partners to ~400 since its launch in October  —  Google News Showcase visitors will soon be able to read select paywalled articles at no extra charge.
Reuters:
Source: a group of more than 40 US states, led by New York, plans to file an antitrust suit against Facebook next week  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of U.S. states led by New York is investigating Facebook Inc for possible antitrust violations and plans to file a lawsuit …
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Hulu's Watch Party feature is now expanding to all subscribers, allows up to seven other subscribers to join, and will have a “click to catch up button”  —  Hulu was first among the big streamers to embrace the co-watch trend during quarantine  —  Hulu was first among …
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
DHS' IG says it's probing the department's practice of tracking people without a warrant by buying brokered cellphone data, after Democratic senators' request  —  Inspector general to investigate legality of tracking Americans without a warrant  —  WASHINGTON—The Department …
Caitlin Dewey / OneZero :
How Americans are using Cash App and Venmo to practice direct giving to one another in a new way, as an alternative to giving through charitable institutions  —  In 2020, Venmoing total strangers in need became a radical act of support — and trust  —  aised in a six-bedroom mansion …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple announces Best of 2020 apps and most downloaded apps: home workout app Wakeout! won App of the Year for iPhone, Zoom for iPad, Disney+ for Apple TV  —  Apple today released its highly anticipated annual list of the best apps and games of 2020.  As in previous years …
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
GroupM expects marketers to spend $110.1B on digital ads in the US this year, accounting for more than half of the year's total ad spend for the first time  —  Digital ads to account for more than half of year's U.S. advertising expenditures for first time  —  For the first time …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify says Anchor powered 80% of its new podcasts, or 1M+ shows, in 2020; overall, Anchor powers 70% of Spotify's total podcast catalog of over 1.9M shows  —  Anchor powered more than 1 million show launches in 2020  —  Spotify's $100 million-plus Anchor acquisition is seemingly paying off.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft buys Smash.gg, a company that organizes esports tournaments, founded in 2015 by a team of amateur players and esports fans  —  Microsoft has purchased eSports platform vendor Smash.gg and is planning on integrating it with its MSN eSports franchise.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Researcher details a zero-click iOS device exploit using Apple's AWDL protocol, now patched, which could have granted access to device hardware and data  —  A Google Project Zero researcher found a stunning vulnerability  —  Ever watch that movie, or play that video game …

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