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November 23, 2018, 7:35 PM

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Paris Martineau / Wired:
A look at the burgeoning industry of influencer marketing, where brands routinely shell out $60K+ for video reviews, or $85K+ to publicly disparage competitors  —  WHEN SAHARA LOTTI started her lash extensions company, Lashify, in 2017, she didn't know what she was getting herself into.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: US asks allies to avoid Huawei telecommunications equipment, considers financial aid for telecom growth in nations that shun Chinese-made equipment  —  U.S. worried about potential Chinese meddling in 5G networks, but foreign carriers may balk  —  The U.S. government has initiated …
Rowland Manthorpe / Sky News:
In open letter to EU competition chief, price comparison sites say Google has failed to comply with EU ruling that requires it to give equal treatment to others  —  Price comparison sites have accused Google of failing to comply with an EU ruling demanding it give other shopping services “equal treatment”.
Associated Press:
Amazon workers at warehouses in UK, Germany and Spain, including ~90% at a Madrid depot, stage walkouts on Black Friday to protest unfair working conditions  —  MADRID (AP) — Some of Amazon's workers in Europe are protesting against what they call unfair work conditions, in a move meant to disrupt operations on Black Friday.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook says Mark Zuckerberg won't appear before the UK-led grand committee of eight countries on Tuesday, sending the VP of public policy to testify instead  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has declined to testify at a rare joint hearing with lawmakers from seven countries …
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