Twitch debuts a social network called Pulse: Twitch, the Amazon-owned video broadcasting service for gaming, is introducing a feed for users to share videos, images, text, GIFs, and other content to their followers—much like Twitter and Facebook. As The Verge argues, Pulse could turn out to be a better version of Twitter than Twitter itself. Twitch has a passionate base of users who share common interests (video games), but with the service expanding into other verticals, Pulse could very well turn out to be a valuable social network.

Nintendo's Switch broke launch sales records: Nintendo's new gaming device beat first two-day sales in the Americas for any of the company's systems in history, it told the New York Times. The next biggest hit was the Wii. Zelda for the Switch was the best selling standalone launch game—even beating Super Mario for the Nintendo 64 console.

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Facebook's latest headache: Its own employees' posts

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Facebook’s rules for what people can say on the world’s largest social network have been a long-term headache for the company, but now it faces similar troubles on the internal network its own staff uses.

Driving the news: As political arguments on Facebook’s employee discussion boards have grown more heated and divisive, the company ordered new restrictions on the forums earlier this month, which run on Facebook’s Workplace platform.

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How a conservative Supreme Court would impact climate policy

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Amy Coney Barrett's likely ascension to the Supreme Court would affect climate policy beyond shoving the court rightward in the abstract.

Why it matters: If Joe Biden wins the presidential election, his regulations and potential new climate laws would face litigation that could reach the high court.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 33,138,963 — Total deaths: 998,380 — Total recoveries: 22,953,639Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 7,116,455 — Total deaths: 204,762 — Total recoveries: 2,766,280 — Total tests: 101,298,794Map.
  3. States: 3 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week
  4. Health: The childless vaccine — Why kids get less severe coronavirus infections.
  5. World: India the second country after U.S. to hit 6 million cases