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November 13, 2019, 12:50 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple unveils new 16-inch MacBook Pro starting at $2,399 with new processors, better speakers, and a new keyboard, available for pre-order now  —  Apple has launched a new 16-inch MacBook Pro today, available for pre-order now and in stores later this week.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
16" MacBook Pro first hands-on: while the keyboard's “de-Jony-Ive-ification” is good, we shouldn't be celebrating the return of features we shouldn't have lost  —  IF YOU TRY SOMETIMES, YOU JUST MIGHT FIND, YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED  —  Apple today is releasing its much-rumored new 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Report: Google is planning to offer checking accounts to users, in partnership with banks and credit unions, starting as early as next year  —  Google is the latest big tech company to make a move into banking and personal financial services: The company is gearing up to offer checking accounts to consumers …
Aliya Chaudhry / The Verge:
Privacy-focused open source browser Brave officially launches version 1.0, available on all major platforms  —  And it has a plan to pay users and publishers for ads  —  Today marks the official launch of Brave 1.0, a free open-source browser.  The beta version has already drawn 8 million monthly users …
Candy Cheng / Bloomberg:
Source: DoorDash is raising $100M at a ~$13B valuation from T. Rowe Price Group and others  —  DoorDash Inc.'s $2 billion war chest is getting even bigger.  The food delivery startup, backed by the likes of SoftBank Group Corp. and Sequoia Capital, is receiving a new cash infusion of $100 million …
Financial Times:
Popular health websites in UK are sharing sensitive user data with dozens of companies including Google and Facebook along with data-brokers and adtech firms  —  Some of the UK's most popular health websites are sharing people's sensitive data — including medical symptoms, diagnoses …
Bloomberg:
Nike will stop selling its sneakers and apparel directly on Amazon, ending a pilot program that began in 2017  —  - Move follows naming of ex-EBay CEO as Nike's next chief  —  Nike Inc. is breaking up with Amazon.com Inc.  —  The athletic brand will stop selling its sneakers …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Disney says Disney+ has seen 10M signups since launching on Tuesday  —  Disney's new streaming service has already seen 10 million sign-ups since launching Tuesday, the company announced Wednesday.  —  Disney's stock was up slightly on the news.  Netflix shares were down 1%.
Enoch Yiu / South China Morning Post:
Alibaba's IPO application approved by the Hong Kong stock exchange; sources say shares to be priced on Nov. 20 with expected trading in the week of Nov. 25  —  Alibaba aims to sell 500 million new shares, with every eight Hong Kong-listed shares equal to one ADS traded in the US in value …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
A look at Facebook's past views on China and how they changed as TikTok became popular; sources: Facebook held serious acquisition talks with Musical.ly in 2016  —  Three years ago, Mark Zuckerberg considered buying the Chinese company that became the basis of TikTok.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Mozilla, Intel, Red Hat, and Fastly announce the launch of Bytecode Alliance, which aims to take WebAssembly and other related open standards beyond the browser  —  Mozilla, Intel, Red Hat and Fast today announced the launch of the Bytecode Alliance, a new open-source group that focuses on …
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Ryan Gallagher / Bloomberg:
Amid labor tensions Google says it fired a staffer for leaking employee info to media, put two on leave for sharing internal docs and tracking staffer calendars  —  - Employee terminated for leaking names, details to media  — Rifts with management roiling company known for openness

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