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November 12, 2016, 8:10 AM

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Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:
Peter Thiel will join Trump's transition team; sources say he will help vet presidential appointments and advise on which campaign promises will become policies  —  Thiel to vet appointees, prioritize policies, sources say  —  Eliminating waste, decreasing debt likely to top list
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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
AT&T to begin throttling mobile streaming video to 480p resolution in early 2017, but customers can opt out  —  Cellular customers can opt out of “Stream Saver,” which limits video to 480p.  —  AT&T today said it will begin limiting the quality of mobile video for cellular data customers in early 2017.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook mistakenly showed memorial banners on profile pages implying users were dead, apologized for a “terrible error”  —  RIP  —  Facebook is capping one of the longest weeks in American history by telling everyone that they are dead.  Log on to your profile and there's …
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
The US election underscores the flaws of an overreliance on large-scale data analysis, which can have unintended consequences as it has for some tech companies  —  It was a rough night for number crunchers.  And for the faith that people in every field — business, politics, sports and academia …
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
NES Classic Edition review: great selection of games and excellent NES emulation, but no way to buy new games, and 2.5 foot controller cable is too short  —  “I don't want to sit on the floor while I play video games,” my buddy Josh told me.  “I'm not 7 anymore.”
Bloomberg:
Alibaba broke its Singles' Day record with sales reaching $17.8B, 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 its Singles …
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 …

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