Google CEO Sundar Pichai (Tsering Topgyal / AP)

Google AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) will now be available to more than 1 billion people in the Asia-Pacific region, the company announced Tuesday. AMP will be featured on China's two largest search engines, Baidu and Sogua — which together account for around 90% of China's search engine market — and it's also coming to Yahoo Japan, which reaches 58 million daily Japanese users.

What's AMP? A Google-backed initiative for publishers to create template-based news articles that load up to 85% faster, according to Google, than traditional mobile pages. (If you want to see what it looks like, search for a website on Google and the carousel of recommended articles at the top are AMP articles.)

Why it matters: Facebook is still blocked in China, which has the second-largest ad market in the world, giving Google a leg-up on its Silicon Valley competitor. AMP is also quickly becoming one of the biggest mobile traffic-drivers for websites, and this will only help expedite their dominance. Digiday reported Wednesday that the Guardian is now receiving 60% of its Google mobile traffic on AMP.

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Voters in Wisconsin, Michigan urged to return absentee ballots to drop boxes

Signs for Joe Biden are seen outside a home in Coon Valle, Wisconsin, on Oct. 3. Photo by KEREM YUCEL via Getty

Wisconsin Democrats and the Democratic attorney general of Michigan are urging voters to return absentee ballots to election clerks’ offices or drop boxes, warning that the USPS may not be able to deliver ballots by the Election Day deadline.

Driving the news: The Supreme Court rejected an effort by Wisconsin Democrats and civil rights groups to extend the state's deadline for counting absentee ballots to six days after Election Day, as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3. In Michigan, absentee ballots must also be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted.

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Facebook warns of "perception hacks" undermining trust in democracy

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Facebook warned Tuesday that bad actors are increasingly taking to social media to create the false perception that they’ve pulled off major hacks of electoral systems or have otherwise seriously disrupted elections.

Why it matters: "Perception hacking," as Facebook calls it, can have dire consequences on people's faith in democracy, sowing distrust, division and confusion among the voters it targets.

Obama: Trump is "jealous of COVID's media coverage"

Former President Barack Obama launched a blistering attack on President Trump while campaigning for Joe Biden in Orlando on Tuesday, criticizing Trump for complaining about the pandemic as cases soar and joking that he's "jealous of COVID's media coverage."

Driving the news: Trump has baselessly accused the news media of only focusing on covering the coronavirus pandemic — which has killed over 226,000 Americans so far and is surging across the country once again — as a way to deter people from voting on Election Day and distract from other issues.