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November 22, 2018, 6:45 PM

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Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple is offering subsidies to network operators in Japan to shore up sales of iPhone XR, after an underwhelming launch of its least expensive phone  —  Japanese carriers will use subsidies from Apple to discount the cheapest new iPhone, after an underwhelming launch
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Jack Nicas / New York Times:
How Definers brought DC-style political trickery to tech: sources say working for Qualcomm, they promoted Tim Cook as a potential 2020 presidential candidate  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Tim Miller, a longtime Republican political operative, moved to the Bay Area last year to set up a public relations shop …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google Duplex, accessed via Assistant, is now rolling out to a small group of US Pixel owners in “select cities” to book restaurant reservations  —  Google Duplex-powered calls have finally arrived.  Sort of.  For some people.  —  A spokesperson confirmed to VentureBeat that Duplex …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn quietly introduces a new privacy setting that defaults to blocking a user's connections from exporting the user's personal email address  —  A win for privacy on LinkedIn could be a big loss for businesses, recruiters, and anyone else expecting to be able to export the email addresses of their connections.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's outgoing public policy head Elliot Schrage takes responsibility for hiring Definers in a memo, admits company asked Definers to investigate Soros  —  TechCrunch has attained an internal memo published by Facebook's outgoing head of public policy Elliot Schrage in which he blames himself for hiring PR firm Definers.
Seth Fiegerman / CNN:
Natalia Drozdiak / Bloomberg:
Google says it will require advertisers to submit documents and receive verification before being able to pay for political ads in the EU, starting in January  —  - Like Facebook, Google to publish info about EU political ads  — Changes come ahead of European Union elections in May 2019
BBC:
Facebook appeals UK regulator's decision to impose maximum £500K fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal, citing lack of evidence that UK users had suffered harm  —  Facebook has appealed against a fine imposed on it by the UK's data watchdog after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Dami Lee / The Verge:
Instagram says it is testing new profile layouts that rearrange core elements, except the grid view, in an apparent attempt to reduce focus on follower counts  —  Instagram announced on its press site today that the company is testing out new user profile layouts.

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