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November 1, 2018, 1:25 PM

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New York Times:
A look at the internal backlash at Google over its handling of sexual harassment claims, with 1,500+ employees planning to walk 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.
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.
The Cut:
Google walkout organizers share their demands: end pay inequality and forced arbitration, better sexual misconduct reporting, and harassment transparency report  —  Last week, the New York Times published an article about Google's history of harassment, discrimination, support for abusers …
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 …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Flickr says it will no longer require users to sign in with their Yahoo accounts and ends 1TB storage for free accounts, limiting them to 1000 photos or videos  —  Flickr announced a handful of updates to its platform and business model today — the first major changes since SmugMug acquired …
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 …
Brian Wheeler / BBC:
UK government to launch an Android app to let EU citizens apply to remain in UK after Brexit; the app doesn't work on iOS because it can't access the 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 …
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Apple's newly unveiled products start at higher price points, with the 2018 Macbook Air 128GB model starting 20% higher, continuing Apple's push into higher ASP  —  When Apple launched the iPhone X, it did more than just change the design language of the iPhone: it also offered a whole new pricing level.
Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg:
Facebook open sources its Horizon tools, used to optimize Messenger, video, and notification features, available on GitHub  —  - Company allows free use of reinforcement learning platform  — Move follows similar open source efforts from DeepMind, OpenAI
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it's testing a home screen toggle to switch between latest and top tweets timelines with a small number of iOS users; toggle previously in settings  —  Twitter is digging one of its most important new features out of its settings and putting it within easy reach.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
An outline of various bills and proposals in US Congress related to data privacy and protection that have emerged after the Cambridge Analytica scandal  —  In April, Mark Zuckerberg was called before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees to take responsibility for Cambridge Analytica.

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