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Google’s search engine project for China, Dragonfly, "effectively ended" after Google’s privacy team found out engineers were secretly gathering people’s searches in China to produce a prototype for a censored search engine and confronted Google executives about it, per a report from The Intercept.

What happened: The engineers were largely moved to different projects or told to stop using those searches from China, which has "stopped progress" on the project, one source told The Intercept. Per Google, many privacy and security engineers have been consulted in the process. Google declined to comment specifically on The Intercept report and pointed to CEO Sundar Pichai's testimony last week on Capitol Hill.

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U.S. tops 88,000 COVID-19 cases, setting new single-day record

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The United States reported 88,452 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, setting a single-day record, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

The big picture: The country confirmed 1,049 additional deaths due to the virus, and there are over 46,000 people currently being hospitalized, suggesting the U.S. is experiencing a third wave heading into the winter months.

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  1. Health: Large coronavirus outbreaks leading to high death rates — Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high ahead of Election Day.
  2. Politics: Top HHS spokesperson pitched coronavirus ad campaign as "helping the president" — Space Force's No. 2 general tests positive for coronavirus.
  3. World: Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases.
  4. Sports: MLB to investigate Dodgers player who joined celebration after positive COVID test.
  5. 🎧Podcast: The vaccine race turns toward nationalism.

The norms around science and politics are cracking

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Crafting successful public health measures depends on the ability of top scientists to gather data and report their findings unrestricted to policymakers.

State of play: But concern has spiked among health experts and physicians over what they see as an assault on key science protections, particularly during a raging pandemic. And a move last week by President Trump, via an executive order, is triggering even more worries.