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#ICYMI 10.2.20



INDUSTRY

GOOGLE MEET TO LIMIT MEETINGS TO 60 MINUTES ON FREE PLANS STARTING SEPT. 30TH

The company had temporarily given all users free meetings with no time limit earlier this year. The Verge



JUDGE REJECTS TIKTOK CREATORS' REQUEST TO DELAY BAN, SAYS THEY WON'T SUFFER 'IRREPARABLE HARM'

If the ban takes effect it would prohibit new downloads, but the app would remain active. The Verge



AMAZON'S PALM READING STARTS AT THE GROCERY STORE, BUT IT COULD BE SO MUCH BIGGER

Amazon One is about identity, not payments. The Verge



GOOGLE IS BANNING ELECTION ADS AFTER POLLS CLOSE ON NOV. 3RD

Google is trying to limit misinformation about the outcome of the vote.

The Verge | Axios



THE POLESTAR PRECEPT, AN ELECTRIC SEDAN POWERED BY ANDROID, IS GOING INTO PRODUCTION

The Volvo sub-brand is moving ahead with making its sharp sedan concept a reality. The Verge | Engadget



TIKTOK ROLLS OUT NEW IN-APP 2020 ELECTIONS GUIDE

Along with new misinformation and media literacy tools. The Verge



SONOS SUES GOOGLE FOR INFRINGING 5 MORE WIRELESS AUDIO PATENTS

The move comes on the eve of Google’s fall hardware event on September 30th, where it is expected to announce a new Chromecast and Nest smart speaker alongside new Pixel phones. The Verge



DAVID DOBRIK AND NINJA ARE WORKING TO INCREASE VOTER REGISTRATION

David Dobrik posted a Tesla giveaway, and Ninja came out with an Instagram post encouraging registration, both with HeadCount! Forbes



TWITCH OFFERS NEW SOUNDTRACK LIBRARY AFTER DMCA TAKEDOWNS

Last month Twitch streamers found themselves hit with a wave of DMCA takedown requests for clips that feature licensed music. IGN




GAMES, GAMES, GAMES

STEVE FROM MINECRAFT IS COMING TO SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE

Steve will be joined by Alex, Zombie, and Enderman.

The Verge | Kotaku | Twitter



HOW AMONG US CAME BACK FROM THE BRINK OF OBSCURITY

The story of a 2018 mobile game that became a 2020 hit, and where it goes from here. IGN



XBOX GAME PASS IS GETTING EA PLAY GAMES ON NOVEMBER 10TH

Just in time for the Xbox Series X and S. The Verge



POKÉMON SWORD AND SHIELD'S SECOND EXPANSION ARRIVES ON OCT. 22

On to the Crown Tundra. Kotaku | YouTube



DIABLO IV'S SKILL TREES ARE LITERALLY TREES

The branches contain skills, upgrades, and passive points, the last of which are then spent on passive skills located in the tree’s fiery roots. Kotaku



APEX LEGENDS IS GETTING CROSS-PLAY ON OCTOBER 6TH

It will be enabled by default on all platforms, and players will be able to opt-out of cross-play if they wish. Kotaku



WORLD OF WARCRAFT: SHADOWLANDS DELAYED

Shadowlands will not be coming out on the original date of October 27. IGN




NEW GAMES

SACKBOY: A BIG ADVENTURE - HERE'S WHAT COMES IN EACH EDITION

Get stuffed. IGN



CYBERPUNK 2077 DEV BREAKS PROMISE, WILL FORCE EMPLOYEES TO WORK 6 DAYS A WEEK

CD Projekt Red has told employees that six-day workweeks will be mandatory ahead of the November 19th release date, even though the studio has repeatedly and explicitly promised it would never do that.

The Verge | Bloomberg



LIST OF PLAYSTATION5 LAUNCH GAMES

Only a handful of games have been confirmed to launch alongside the PS5, and some are considered to be in the "Launch Window" of the PS5. IGN




YOUTUBE NEWS

JAIDENANIMATIONS TO STREAM POKÉMON PLATINUM NUZLOCKE UNTIL THE GAME IS BEATEN

Jaiden is streaming on Twitch until the game is won!




REVIEWS

"THE ORIGAMI KING SHOWED ME I'VE BEEN WRONG ABOUT PAPER MARIO"

Have you played the game yet? Kotaku



A WEEK WITH THE XBOX SERIES X: HERE'S HOW IT WENT

Load times, game performance, and more! The Verge



HADES: THE KOTAKU REVIEW

"Hades is my game of the year. It’s also the game of the year." Kotaku



GOOGLE CHROMECAST (2020) REVIEW: REINVENTED — AND NOW WITH A REMOTE

The new Google TV software makes it easy to find something to watch.

The Verge



"SUPER MARIO BROS 35'S NOVELTY DOESN'T LAST LONG"

"Its charm is already wearing thin" Kotaku



MICROSOFT'S NEW $549 SURFACE LAPTOP GO AIMS TO COMPETE WITH CHROMEBOOKS

This new Surface laptop is smaller, lighter, and less powerful. The Verge



CRASH BANDICOOT 4: IT'S ABOUT TIME: THE KOTAKU REVIEW

In true Crash fashion, this cute and colorful platformer is here to kick your ass. Kotaku




THAT'S SOME CRAZY SHIT!

BORAT 2 HAS A VERY NICE TITLE

The title is, Borat: Gift of Pornographic Monkey to Vice Premiere Mikhael Pence to Make Benefit Recently Diminished Nation of Kazakhstan, according to a now-removed listing that appeared on the Writer's Guild of America West's website. IGN



ELON MUSK'S NEURALINK: WHAT'S SCIENCE AND WHAT'S NOT

Fixing the brain isn’t just an engineering problem. The Verge




TECH TALK

MICROSOFT HAD A SECRET WINDOWS XP THEME THAT MADE IT LOOK LIKE A MAC

Say hello to Microsoft’s Aqua Mac theme! The Verge



TWITTER'S VOICE TWEETS ARE ROLLING OUT TO MORE IOS USERS, AND TRANSCRIPTIONS ARE ON THE WAY

Voice tweets will come to Android and the web in 2021. The Verge | Twitter




HARDWARE

THE BEST WIRELESS WORKOUT HEADPHONES

Did yours make the list? Engadget



THE NEXT GENERATION OF WEARABLES WILL BE A PRIVACY MINEFIELD

What happens when we let companies track our emotions? Engadget



ALIENWARE'S M15 R3 IS IMPROVED, BUT THE COMPETITION IS BETTER

Alienware’s thinnest gaming laptop comes up short. The Verge



CHARGE YOUR SWITCH EVERY SIX MONTHS, SAYS NINTENDO

Nintendo Support wrote that if left uncharged for a long period of time, the game console’s internal battery won’t be able to charge and will become unable to use. Kotaku



BEST NINTENDO SWITCH LITE ACCESSORIES 2020: STANDS, BATTERIES, AND MORE

Don't go lite on the Lite. IGN



GOOGLE ANNOUNCES THE PIXEL 5 FOR $699

Available October 29th in the US, are you going to upgrade to the Pixel 5?

The Verge



NEW UE FITS TRUE WIRELESS EARBUDS CAN MOLD TO YOUR EAR SHAPE FOR A PERFECT FIT

The ear tips are filled with gel and harden when you trigger the molding process on your phone. The Verge




TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

EVE ONLINE PLAYERS AREN'T HAPPY WITH THE GAME'S LATEST RESOURCE CHANGES

A recent update that will change where resources are found could upset the game's balance once again, and many players are not happy. Kotaku



APPLE OUTAGE AFFECTS APP STORE, APPLE MUSIC, APPLE TV PLUS, ICLOUD, PHOTOS, AND MORE

17 Apple services had outages on Tuesday evening. The Verge



THE APPLE WATCH HEART MONITOR SENDS TOO MANY PEOPLE TO THE DOCTOR

Only a handful of people the watch flagged actually had a heart problem.

The Verge | Jamia



GMAIL MISTAKENLY REMOVED THE BUTTON THAT LETS YOU TRIAGE LOADS OF EMAILS AT ONCE, BUT IT WILL COME BACK

Google says it was "removed unintentionally" The Verge | Twitter




WEEKLY WHOLESOME

ARTIST ANIMATES ANIME-STYLE AMONG US KILLS

Among Us, but make it anime. Kotaku | YouTube




GAMING TIPS

SUPER MARIO SUNSHINE: HOW TO UNLOCK YOSHI

Here are the steps to get your trusty sidekick! IGN



HOW TO STREAM GOOGLE STADIA ON IOS/IPAD OS

A completely unofficial method that streams via a browser.

LifeHacker | The Verge



HOW TO GET HALLOWEEN SKIN TONES AND EYE COLORS

Happy October! IGN



EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HADES' ENDGAME

Hades doesn’t really start until you beat it. Kotaku

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