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November 14, 2018, 7:15 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 …
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
New York Times:
Tyler Barriss, the serial swatter responsible for the fatal Kansas hoax call, pleads guilty to federal charges, will serve between 20 and 25 years in prison  —  A California man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to making dozens of hoax phone calls during which he reported fake crimes …
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) …
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.
Ava Kofman / The Intercept:
Google's plan for a smart city in Toronto is facing resistance from privacy activists, who are fighting against the commodification of their city's data  —  The world's most ambitious “smart city,” known as Quayside, in Toronto, has faced fierce public criticism since last fall …
Kaitlyn Tiffany / Vox:
Most period-tracking apps are designed more to aid marketers and medical companies in collecting health data for ad targeting than for women  —  The golden age of menstrual surveillance is great for men, marketers, and medical companies.  —  A cartoon cloud told me I might be pregnant.
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.
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