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November 14, 2018, 3:45 AM

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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources provide a behind-the-scenes account of Amazon's HQ2 selection process, say the company made the decision to split HQ2 in two in September  —  For months, cities vied for Amazon's second headquarters while some executives were realizing that no single place would fulfill its requirements
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
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.
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 Randall / Bloomberg:
Alison Frankel / Reuters:
Snap says it's responded to subpoenas from the DOJ and SEC about its IPO, following a suit alleging Snap misled the public on how Instagram affected its growth  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission have subpoenaed Snap Inc (SNAP.N) …
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.
More: Reuters
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
IAB data shows digital ad spending in the first half of 2018 reached $49.5B, up 23% YoY, with mobile accounting for 63% of the total, up from 54% last year  —  The online advertising business continues to grow at double digit rates, according to the latest report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Ridecell, a SaaS platform for self-driving, ride-hailing, and other mobility companies, raises Series B extension, closing the round at $60M  —  Car-sharing, ride-sharing, and ride-hailing companies have something in common: They rely on fairly sophisticated backends to keep fleets up and running on time.

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