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November 9, 2018, 2:05 PM

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Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Amazon signs a deal with Apple, will start selling its latest devices, except the HomePod, in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and India  —  Amazon has signed a deal to expand the selection of Apple products on its sites worldwide.  —  The world's largest e-commerce company …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
The New York Times is digitizing its 5-7M photo archive using Google AI to recognize text describing the photos and will use Google's storage services  —  Google's computer brains are helping The New York Times turn a historic archive of more than 5 million photos into digital data that'll appear …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft says it has fixed an issue deactivating licenses on some Windows 10 Pro machines, says update will be automatically applied over next 24 hours  —  Microsoft's back-end activation issues which caused a number of Windows users to get false product-activation-error messages seems to be nearly fixed.
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Disney says its new streaming service will be called Disney+ and will launch in the US in late 2019  —  - Disney's new streaming service, Disney+, will be a home for its past titles and original series, including new content from the Marvel and Star Wars franchises.
Google Walkout For Real Change:
Google walkout organizers say Google made progress toward addressing their demands but it must still address systemic racism and discrimination at the company  —  Last week, 20,000 Google employees and TVCs (Temps, Vendors and Contractors) walked out to protest discrimination, racism …
Zoë Bernard / Business Insider:
Sources: Mary Meeker is seeking to raise around $1.25B for her new growth fund  —  - The famed tech investor Mary Meeker is aiming to raise about $1.25 billion for her new growth fund, multiple sources tell Business Insider.  — Meeker, a longtime partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers …
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Google hires David Feinberg, CEO of health services organization Geisinger, to lead its health initiatives; sources say he will report to AI head Jeff Dean  —  - Feinberg will work to coordinate health care efforts across many groups, including Google Brain, Nest and Google Fit.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Secret Service warns via internal alert that Informed Delivery, USPS's service to view scans of incoming mail, is being used to commit identity theft and fraud  —  A year ago, KrebsOnSecurity warned that “Informed Delivery,” a new offering from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) …
More: Mashable
Anna Hensel / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn says it is testing a new events tool with a select group of users in SF and NYC with plans to roll out the feature globally in the next few months  —  LinkedIn is getting into the event business.  The professional networking site announced today that it's starting to test …
More: Mashable and CNET
Kris Holt / Engadget:
Giphy unveils its short-form video platform and showcases the 118 finalist videos from the first Giphy Film Fest, held earlier this week  —  Giphy is again moving beyond the traditional confines of everyone's favorite animated image format, the GIF.  The company is soft launching its video platform Friday …
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed News:
Amazon staff meeting transcript: AWS CEO Andy Jassy defends Rekognition, says it's the government's duty to help specify regulations for facial recognition tech  —  Amazon executives defended the company's controversial facial recognition technology at an all-hands staff meeting on Thursday …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Portal and Portal+ review: they work great for video calls using Facebook Messenger, but as general purpose smart displays, they lag behind the competition  —  Facebook's video calling device demands lots of trust for little return  —  It's not often that a new gadget gets announced and I don't immediately want to get my hands on it.
Megan Wollerton / CNET:

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