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November 16, 2018, 7:20 PM

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CNBC:
Google says Diane Greene will step down as Google Cloud CEO in early 2019, will be replaced by Oracle's former president of product development 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.
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 …
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 …
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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:
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Alphabet's Verily says it's pausing its glucose-sensing contact lens project because, after four years of study, lenses didn't gauge blood sugar levels reliably  —  - In a show of transparency, Verily posted a blog post on Friday explaining why it is hitting the pause button on its glucose-sensing contact lens.
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 …
Mehedi Hassan / Thurrott.com:
Microsoft is testing ads in Mail app on Windows 10; Microsoft says it was an experimental feature never intended to be tested broadly and is being turned off  —  Update: Microsoft's head of communications claimed on Twitter that ads on the Mail app were “never intended” …
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:
Sony says it will not attend next year's E3, the annual video game trade show, the first time in E3's 24-year history that Sony will not be there  —  Sony Interactive Entertainment, currently riding high on record sales of its PlayStation 4 gaming console, won't be hosting its annual press conference …

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