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November 16, 2018, 3:05 PM

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Sheryl Sandberg:
Sheryl Sandberg says allegations that she and Zuckerberg hid info about Russian interference are untrue, claims she didn't know Facebook hired Definers  —  I want to address some of the claims that have been made in the last 24 hours.  —  On a number of issues - including spotting …
New York Times:
How Definers provided reporters with ammunition to suggest senators grilling Sheryl Sandberg were hypocritical for criticizing Facebook  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A small firm called Definers Public Affairs brought the dark arts of Washington's back-room politics to Silicon Valley when …
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CNBC:
Google says Diane Greene to step down as Google Cloud CEO in early 2019, will be replaced by former president of Oracle Thomas Kurian  —  Diane Greene, who was hired three years ago to build Google's cloud-computing business, is being replaced in that job by former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian.
Brad Sams / Thurrott.com:
Sources: Microsoft to release a disc-less Xbox in 2019 that will cost $200 or less, will let users trade in discs for digital game downloads  —  In the wake of the news that Sony will not be attending E3 next year, Microsoft's hardware plans for 2019 will likely be a huge win for the brand and for gamers.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Verizon's My Numbers app lets users add up to four additional numbers with separate voicemail and text messaging boxes on a single phone, for $15/mo per number  —  The service is $15 a month per number  —  Carrying multiple phones for personal and business uses might be over for Verizon Wireless users.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Amazon will now allow AWS account owners to set the default access setting for all of their account's S3 buckets as non-public to prevent accidental data leaks  —  New settings will prevent accidental S3 bucket leaks —if customers take the time to apply them.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
BlackBerry to acquire cybersecurity firm Cylance, which provides an AI-based advanced threat detection platform, for $1.4B in cash  —  The rumors, it seems, were true — BlackBerry is acquiring cybersecurity startup Cylance in an all-cash deal worth $1.4 billion.
Brian Crecente / Variety:
Mehedi Hassan / Thurrott.com:
Microsoft is testing ads in its Mail app on Windows 10 in Brazil, Canada, Australia, and India, asks users to purchase Office 365 to get rid of the ads  —  Update: Microsoft's head of communications claimed on Twitter that ads on the Mail app were “never intended” to be tested broadly …
Dave Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
SEC settles with Paragon Coin and CarrierEQ, which agree to start filing audited financial reports and refund investors of 2017 ICOs who want their money back  —  Agreements require startups to comply with investor-protection rules  —  WASHINGTON—Two startups that raised money …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
MapAnything raises $42.5M Series C led by GM Ventures to expand its mapping platform for businesses to new markets  —  The location of things (LoT) market — which comprises technology that enables developers to make use of geographic data — is projected to be worth $71.6 billion by 2025 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
MailChimp partners with Square to let its users create landing pages with built-in e-commerce features, says 50% of its revenue now comes from e-commerce  —  Mailchimp, the popular email newsletter service and marketing platform, today announced a partnership with Square that will allow …
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CNBC:
Nvidia Q3: revenue of $3.18B, up 21% YoY, vs. $3.24B est., gaming revenue of $1.76B, vs. $1.89B est., and net income of $1.2B; stock down 16%+  —  Nvidia stock fell as much as 19 percent Thursday after the company reported earnings for the third quarter of its 2019 fiscal year, which ended on Oct. 28.

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