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November 15, 2016, 2:40 AM

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Sheera Frenkel / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Facebook staffers form unofficial task force to review company's role in promoting fake news, challenge Zuckerberg's dismissal of concerns  —  The group is hoping to challenge the position by CEO Mark Zuckerberg that the platform has no responsibility to address the issue following the election of Donald Trump.
Michael Nunez / Gizmodo:
Source: Facebook shelved an update to identify fake news stories because it would have disproportionately affected right-wing news sites  —  It's no secret that Facebook has a fake news problem.  Critics have accused the social network of allowing false and hoax news stories to run rampant …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple exploring Google Glass-like AR digital glasses that connect wirelessly to iPhones, as company comes under pressure to deliver new products  —  Apple Inc. is weighing an expansion into digital glasses, a risky but potentially lucrative area of wearable computing, according to people familiar with the matter.
New York Times:
Google and Facebook say they will ban fake news sites from using their advertising networks as misinformation spreads online  —  Over the last week, two of the world's biggest internet companies have faced mounting criticism over how fake news on their sites may have influenced the presidential election's outcome.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
13" and 15" Touch Bar MacBook Pro review: nice designs, good battery life, great storage performance, but need for dongles is inconvenient  —  Touch Bar, Touch ID, dedicated GPUs, more ports, and a whole lot more.  —  The new design of the MacBook Pros is nice and Apple's decision to put …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
MacBook Pros with Touch Bar review: great keyboard, screen, trackpad, and speakers, but is pricey, has limited battery life, and Touch Bar isn't revolutionary  —  A little over a decade ago, a Russian design studio unveiled a concept keyboard that, as much as any gadget ever can, rocked the tech blogging world.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Skype for Web no longer requires an account when using chat, or making voice or video calls  —  Microsoft today announced a small but significant update to Skype for Web: Guest accounts.  If you want to start a Skype conversation with someone quickly and don't want to sign up for an account, this is for you.
Sonam Sheth / Business Insider:
As the debate about Facebook's role in spreading fake news throughout the election continues, Google's top result for “final election count” is a fake news site  —  If you Googled “final election count” on Monday morning to find out which presidential candidate was ahead in the popular vote …
Steven Musil / CNET:
WhatsApp launches free video calling on iOS, Android, and Windows phones, rolling out soon to its 1B+ users  —  The popular messaging and voice app adds video call option, joining a crowded field.  —  FaceTime and Skype have a new rival in the video-chat market: WhatsApp.

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