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November 17, 2016, 4:35 AM

Top News

Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter introduces Snapchat-like QR codes as an option to follow people  —  When clicking the follow button feels too hard  —  Twitter today introduced QR codes into its apps for iOS and Android, because not having QR codes was Twitter's biggest existential threat as a business and the main reason …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google releases Google Earth VR on the HTC Vive for free and is exploring support for other platforms  —  A virtual reality version of Google Earth is now available for free on the HTC Vive, letting users explore reconstructed cultural treasures, global landmarks, or (for some) their own homes in VR.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Analysis shows top 20 fake election news stories generated more engagement on Facebook than the top 20 election stories from 19 major news outlets  —  In the final three months of the US presidential campaign, the top-performing fake election news stories on Facebook generated more engagement …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC deletes everything from November 17 meeting agenda after GOP letter urging Tom Wheeler to refrain from passing new rules before Trump's inauguration  —  FCC chair takes all rulemakings off agenda one day after GOP lawmakers' request.  —  The Federal Communications Commission …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Facebook stops collecting WhatsApp user data in Europe after government pressure, but says it may only be a temporary suspension while the laws are debated  —  Facebook has stopped collecting WhatsApp user data across Europe, the Financial Times reports, bowing to pressure from privacy watchdogs across the continent.
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The Intercept:
Snowden docs shed light on NSA's BLARNEY initiative that leverages “commercial partnerships” for spying; AT&T has surveillance equipment in at least 59 US sites  —  They called it Project X. It was an unusually audacious, highly sensitive assignment: to build a massive skyscraper …

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