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November 13, 2018, 11:55 PM

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Day One: The Amazon Blog:
Amazon selects New York City and Arlington, Virginia for its new headquarters, receiving $1.5B in performance-based incentives from NY and $573M from VA  —  Amazon to invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters, and announces Nashville as new Operations Center …
Washington Post:
A look at the likely factors behind Amazon's decision to choose Crystal City, VA, as one of its HQ2 locations and how it may affect the region  —  Amazon will open major new outposts in Northern Virginia's Crystal City and in New York City, splitting its much-sought investment …
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Amazon to receive incentives of $1.5B+ over ten years based on creating 25K jobs in Queens, but politicians object, with some saying they will fight the deal  —  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio sat together Tuesday to announce that they had emerged victorious from a nationwide competition …
Reuters:
Nigerian internet provider Main One Cable Co says it accidentally caused the problem that misrouted some Google traffic through China on Monday  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nigerian internet provider Main One Cable Co took responsibility on Tuesday for a glitch that caused some Google traffic …
Tom Randall / Bloomberg:
Source: Waymo plans to launch the world's first commercial driverless car service in December under a new brand that will compete directly with Uber and Lyft  —  Under a new name, the Google sibling plans to methodically build a futuristic rival to Uber and Lyft.  This is how it will unfold.
Christina Farr / CNBC:
DeepMind's health subsidiary, maker of an app called Streams that helps with diagnosing specific conditions, is moving under the newly-formed Google Health unit  —  - DeepMind's health subsidiary is moving under the newly-formed Google Health led by former Geisinger CEO David Feinberg
Tom Warren / The Verge:
The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is finally re-released, after data loss bugs caused it to be pulled; Microsoft says it's focusing on improving code quality  —  October update, or November update?  —  Microsoft is releasing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update again today, after bugs forced the company to pull it offline last month.
Variety:
Spotify launches in 13 markets across the Middle East and North Africa, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, with a fully Arabic user experience  —  As expected, today Spotify announced that it has launches its service in 13 new markets in the Middle East and North Africa, bringing the service to 78 markets in total.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Yahoo Finance is launching a subscription service, Yahoo Finance Premium, in Q1 2019 that a source says will likely cost $100+/month  —  Yahoo Finance, the decades-old money brand now owned by Verizon, is launching a subscription service that aims to compete with Bloomberg for the cash …
Kevin Martin / Facebook:
Facebook, Google, and Twitter are partnering in a new coalition, Tech Together to Fight the Opioid Crisis, to help those struggling with addiction  —  The opioid crisis continues to scourge families and communities.  Everyone can play a role to help those in need and tech companies are no exception.
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AJ Dellinger / Engadget:
Snapchat introduces Friendship Profiles highlighting close relationships, custom Bitmoji merchandise, and Bitmoji Stories  —  Snapchat is introducing new Friendship Profiles that will celebrate your relationships with your closest friends.  The feature will dig up some of the highlights …

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