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November 11, 2016, 3:30 PM

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Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Facebook says it will no longer allow advertisers to use its ethnic affinity marketing in housing, employment, and credit ads  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook says it will no longer allow advertisers to exclude specific racial and ethnic groups when placing ads related to housing, credit or employment.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Zuckerberg: “the idea that fake news on Facebook, which is a very small amount of the content, influenced the election in any way... is a pretty crazy idea”  —  “Voters make decisions based on their lived experience.”  —  After a day of criticism over his company's role …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Spotify app for Windows, Mac, and Linux writing gigabytes of junk data to storage drives when idle; company says they're rolling out an update with fix for bug  —  Streaming app used by 40 million writes hundreds of gigabytes per day.  —  For almost five months—possibly longer …
Dan Primack / LinkedIn:
Peter Thiel has agreed to join Donald Trump's presidential transition team  —  Peter Thiel has agreed to join Donald Trump's presidential transition team, according to multiple sources close to the situation.  Thiel, a venture capitalist and hedge fund manager who also serves on the board …
Saba Hamedy / Mashable:
Hands-on with Snap's Spectacles: light-weight, pairing with phone is easy, Snapping with glasses and transfers to phone work as promised, video quality is good  —  Getting my hands on a pair of Snapchat Spectacles felt like getting a golden ticket.  —  Only instead of Willy Wonka greeting me at the …
Bloomberg:
Alibaba broke its Singles' Day record with sales reaching $15B by 8pm in China, topping last year's $13.4B  —  Jack Ma Enlists Scarlett Johansson to boost shopping at event  —  24-hour shopathon kicks off with fanfare amid China slowdown  —  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is on track to smash …
Dave Gershgorn / Quartz:
Researchers fool many AI facial recognition systems with printed paper eyeglass frames  —  Your face is quickly becoming a key to the digital world.  Computers, phones, and even online stores are starting to use your face as a password.  But new research from Carnegie Mellon University shows …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook is buying the social analytics company CrowdTangle, used by BuzzFeed, CNN, ESPN, others to track how content spreads online, for an undisclosed sum  —  Understanding how news goes viral  —  Facebook today announced that it has purchased CrowdTangle, a 4-year-old tool that publishers use …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
AT&T zero-rating of DirecTV data may violate net neutrality, FCC says  —  AT&T exempts its video from caps, charges other companies for same treatment.  —  The Federal Communications Commission says AT&T may be violating net neutrality rules by allowing DirecTV video to stream without counting …
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Tech CEOs send company-wide memos encouraging decency and kindness after Donald Trump's win  —  An ‘emotionally-charged election’  —  Over the past 24 hours, top executives at Apple, eBay, Box, and Microsoft have sent company-wide memos urging employees to try to move forward and expressing the belief that people are inherently good.

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