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November 18, 2019, 9:10 PM

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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Google Stadia review: works well and has a clearer picture than early rivals but 4K games do not look 4K, tons of features are missing, and it feels like a beta  —  Google Stadia works.  —  That's what you came here to find out, and I won't bury the lede: on Tuesday, November 19th …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
T-Mobile President and COO Mike Sievert to succeed John Legere as CEO on May 1, 2020  —  - T-Mobile President and COO Mike Sievert will succeed John Legere as CEO on May 1, 2020, the company announced Monday.  — CNBC's David Faber reported in July that Sievert was expected …
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Apple announces press event on December 2 in NYC, says the event will be focused on “honoring our favorite apps and games of 2019”  —  Apple just announced a press event that it will hold a special press event at 4 p.m. ET on Dec. 2 in New York City.
William Feuer / CNBC:
Evan Spiegel says Snapchat has a team that fact checks all political advertising on the platform, in stark contrast to Facebook  —  - Snap's policy represents a middle ground in a debate that has been largely defined by extremes as Facebook pushes for no regulation and Twitter grapples with removing political ads altogether.
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Facebook launches Oculus Link software for Oculus Quest in beta, allowing users to access Rift PC games using a USB-C cable  —  Beta for this wired-VR update is now live; official Oculus Link cable coming soon.  —  Oculus Quest owners, your chance to dive into the world of PC-VR gaming has begun.
Craig Lloyd / iFixit News:
16" MacBook Pro teardown shows a new thermal system, keyboard similar to the standalone Magic Keyboard, a six-speaker system, and a high-performance mic array  —  A beloved old feature returns to the MacBook Pro, and it starts with M-a-g.  If you guessed MagSafe, we have disappointing news …
Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:
GOP Sen. Josh Hawley debuts a bill targeting Apple and other US tech companies that prohibits them from storing user data or encryption keys in China and Russia  —  Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, a prominent big tech critic, will introduce legislation Monday meant to protect Americans' online data …
Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
Musical.ly founder Alex Zhu, who now heads TikTok, claims that TikTok doesn't share data with China or ByteDance and doesn't censor videos at China's behest  —  Alex Zhu, the head of the Chinese-owned viral video app, is trying to assuage Washington's fears.  “I am quite optimistic,” he said.
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
Filings show that the US Commerce Department is giving Huawei another reprieve of three months before the US ban takes effect, now slated for February 16, 2020  —  Yet another delay  —  Huawei has been given yet another reprieve from the Trump administration's ban on its products …
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Inside Facebook's efforts to fight revenge porn using AI and a 25-person team; source: Facebook gets about 500K reports of revenge porn per month  —  The Facebook team tasked with fighting nonconsensual intimate images spoke for the first time about their research, early missteps and hopes for AI.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Maps tests a social networking feature with the ability to “Follow” Local Guides, which will surface their recommendations to their followers  —  Google Maps will soon begin testing a new feature that's more common to social networks like Facebook, rather than a maps app: the ability to find and follow other users.
Jason Hovet / Reuters:
Czech government approves a proposal for a 7% digital tax covering revenue from large companies gained via targeted ads, user data sales, and more  —  PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech government approved a 7% digital tax proposal on Monday aimed at boosting state coffers by taxing advertising …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Israeli ride-hailing service Gett to shut down operations in NYC, known there as Juno, says Lyft will take on its 15,000 enterprise clients starting next year  —  Gett, the ridesharing company backed by Volkswagen and valued at around $1.5 billion, is putting the brakes on a major part of its growth strategy.
More: PYMNTS.com, Mashable, and AxiosThanks:@ingridlunden
Smartsheet:
Direct listing or IPO: What's the difference?  —  What's the best way to take a company public?  Recently a few larger, well-known brands, notably Spotify and Slack, have opted for the direct listing.  Read more.
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Bloomberg Law:
A look at Facebook and Google's funding of nonprofits shaping the privacy debate; together they gave $960K+ to Center for Democracy and Technology alone in 2018  —  Few companies have more riding on proposed privacy legislation than Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Facebook Inc. To try to steer the bill their way …
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Smartsheet:
Direct listing or IPO: What's the difference?  —  What's the best way to take a company public?  Recently a few larger, well-known brands, notably Spotify and Slack, have opted for the direct listing.  Read more.
Zoho:
7 Email marketing best practices for the holiday season  —  While holidays spell fun and frolic for some, for others they mean more work.  When it comes to email marketers, the holidays are a time to buckle up for increased marketing activity.
Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.
Intel:
Here's why gamers should go with a processor that has high IPC and can hit the highest frequencies  —  Adding core count for core count's sake does not create a better gaming experience
Mattermost:
How is Mattermost different from Slack?  —  Learn why Mattermost is the #1 open source Slack alternative.

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