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Facebook won't unveil a home speaker with a digital assistant at a developer conference in May, Bloomberg reports, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. The devices, similar to Google Home and Amazon Echo, may still be available later this year.

Why it matters: Delaying the device unveiling is "partly because the public is currently so outraged about the social network’s data-privacy practices," Bloomberg says, and reports Facebook "had already found in focus-group testing that users were concerned about a Facebook-branded device in their living rooms, given how much intimate data the social network collects."

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Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information that can be used to undermine confidence in the U.S. election system, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced at a press conference Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: The revelation comes roughly two weeks before Election Day. Ratcliffe said Iran has sent threatening emails to Democratic voters this week in states across the U.S. and spread videos claiming that people can vote more than once.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday evening blocked a lower court order that would have allowed voters to cast ballots curbside at Alabama polling places on Election Day.

Whit it matters: With less than two weeks until Election Day, the justices voted 5-3 to reinstate the curbside voting ban and overturn a lower court judge's ruling designed to protect people with disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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