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November 14, 2016, 7:40 PM

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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Tom Phillips / Guardian:
Chinese state-run newspaper warns of response including “countermeasures” resulting in iPhone sales “setback” if Trump pursues trade war; Apple stock drops 2.5%  —  President-elect 'will be condemned for his recklessness, ignorance and incompetence' if he imposes tariffs …
Bogdan Popa / Softpedia News:
Microsoft announces Visual Studio for Mac to be introduced at the Connect() conference kicking off on November 16  —  The debut will take place at Connect() in November  —  Microsoft has just announced that Visual Studio for Mac would be introduced at the Connect() conference kicking off on November 16 …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Samsung agrees to buy US automotive electronics maker Harman for $8B to further its connected car push  —  Samsung is increasing its focus on the connected car after the Korean firm announced plans to buy auto and audio product maker Harman in an all cash deal worth $8 billion.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Google revamps Play Music with optional recommendations based on your location and activity  —  Google today is announcing an overhaul of its Google Play Music streaming app for Android, iOS, and the web.  —  Probably the most fascinating aspect of the new version of the app is that …
Freedom House:
67% of internet users live where criticism of the government, military, or ruling family is subject to censorship, as penalties for social media offenses worsen  —  Free Partly Free Not Free Countries not assessed  —  KEY FINDINGS  — Internet freedom around the world declined in 2016 for the sixth consecutive year.

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