Amazon has quietly released Chime, a service for making voice and video calls aimed at business users. It directly competes with well-known players like Skype, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, Zoom, and Cisco's WebEx, among others. Chime will test Amazon's ability to sell customer-facing applications to business customers.

Apple's share price hits an all-time closing high: The tech giant's stock price hit $133.29 at closing on Monday, a new record for the company fueled by investor hope that the upcoming iPhone's tenth anniversary will renew momentum. Apple's can-do-no-wrong image began to crack in the past couple of years, with concerns that it hasn't released any truly innovative products and a revenue tumble last year.

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  1. Politics: Ex-FDA chief: Pence campaigning after COVID exposure puts others at risk — Mark Meadows: "We are not going to control the pandemic"— COVID-19 looms over White House Halloween celebrations.
  2. Health: 13 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week — Fauci says maybe we should mandate masks if people don't wear themU.S. reports over 80,000 new cases for second consecutive day.
  3. World: Italy tightens restrictions Spain declares new state of emergency.

Amy Coney Barrett's immediate impact

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In her first week on the job, Amy Coney Barrett may be deciding which votes to count in the presidential election. By her third week, she’ll be deciding the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

Where it stands: The Senate votes on Barrett’s nomination tomorrow. If she’s confirmed, Chief Justice John Roberts is expected to swear her in at the Supreme Court within hours, an administration official tells Axios.

Texas Democrats beg Biden to spend now

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The Biden campaign is rebuffing persistent pleas from Texas Democrats to spend at least $10 million in the Lone Star state, several people familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: If Texas — which has 38 electoral votes and is steadily getting more blue, but hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1976 — flipped to the Biden column, it would be game over. But the RealClearPolitics polling average stubbornly hovers at +2.6 for Trump — and Team Biden appears more focused on closer targets.