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November 1, 2018, 4:30 PM

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The Cut:
Google walkout organizers share demands: end pay inequality and forced arbitration, better sexual misconduct reporting, a harassment transparency report, more  —  Last week, the New York Times published an article about Google's history of harassment, discrimination, support for abusers …
BuzzFeed News:
Google workers from Singapore, Japan, Israel, the UK, Ireland, India, and the US staged a walkout to protest the company's handling of sexual harassment  —  Groups of Google employees are staging walkouts at offices across the world in protest at how sexual misconduct allegations are handled by the company.
New York Times:
A look at the internal backlash at Google over its handling of sexual harassment claims, as employees around the world walked out in protest on Thursday  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google is struggling to contain a growing internal backlash over its handling of sexual harassment and its workplace culture.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Flickr says it will end 1TB storage for free accounts and delete all but the most recent 1,000 photos or videos if users don't upgrade to Pro by February 2019  —  Flickr was purchased in April by professional photo hosting service SmugMug, and today, the first major changes under the new ownership have been announced.
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Sonos says it is delaying support for Google Assistant, announced in 2017 and slated for the Sonos One in 2018, until 2019  —  ‘The reality is that we need a bit more time to get the experience right’  —  Sonos is delaying support for Google Assistant until 2019, the company announced in a blog post today.
Financial Times:
Sources: Apple held preliminary talks with radio broadcaster iHeartMedia about an equity stake or a marketing partnership to boost its music streaming service  —  Apple is turning to traditional broadcasting to boost its streaming service, exploring a tie-up with iHeartMedia …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Recode to be folded into Vox.com starting early next year with no expected layoffs; current EIC Dan Frommer will be replaced by Jason del Rey in the interim  —  Editor in Chief Dan Frommer to depart; no staff cuts are planned as a result of the combination, Vox said
Reuters:
Spotify meets expectations in Q3 with revenue of €1.35B, up 31% YoY, adds 4M premium subscribers for a total of 87M, and reports 191M total MAUs; stock down 6%+  —  LONDON/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Spotify (SPOT.N), the world's most popular paid music streaming service …
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Ina Fried / Axios:
Over 50 companies, including Apple, Amazon, Google, Intel, and Microsoft, sign letter opposing Trump administration's efforts to roll back transgender rights  —  More than 50 companies, many of them tech firms, have signed a letter opposing any effort by the Trump Administration to roll back transgender rights.
Brian Wheeler / BBC:
UK government to launch an Android app letting EU citizens apply to remain in UK after Brexit; iOS version doesn't fully work because it can't access NFC chip  —  The UK government is preparing to launch a smartphone app to make it as easy as possible for EU citizens to apply to remain …
NDTV Gadgets 360:
WhatsApp's VP Chris Daniels confirms WhatsApp will put ads in its Status section, but declined to provide a timeline  —  Clearing the air on Facebook's monetisation efforts towards WhatsApp, the mobile messaging service's Vice President Chris Daniels on Wednesday said the company is going to put advertisements in its “Status” feature.

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