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September 21, 2019, 4:39 PM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
TiVo confirms it is planning to place pre-roll video ads before DVR recordings for all customers, even those with a lifetime subscription plan  —  Rolling out to TiVo's current devices over the next 90 days  —  So much for it being an early, experimental test.
New York Times:
Facebook says it has removed tens of thousands of apps from about 400 developers to date, as part of its investigation following the Cambridge Analytica scandal  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook indicated on Friday that the scale of its data privacy issues was far larger than it had previously acknowledged …
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
Sources: many Airbnb employees are frustrated they can't sell company stock; to compensate, management has offered more perks to keep longtime employees happy  —  Tension has grown among a 6,000-person work force as it waits to sell company shares, people with knowledge of the situation said.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Henry Chu / Variety:
Netflix CEO warns of a “whole new world” when streaming services from Disney and Apple drop in November, reiterates that Netflix isn't in “acquisition business”  —  After dominating the subscription streaming scene for so long, Netflix is girding for a new phase …
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Polling of US adults shows that most, across party lines, support breaking up Big Tech, such as reversing Facebook's Instagram purchase, to improve competition  —  One hundred cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC …
Julia Lee / Polygon:
Minecraft's latest beta update introduces a character creator that allows players to change body types and wear accessories  —  You can be a mermaid  —  Minecraft's latest update has added a character creator to the game.  After years of only using skins over the same model …
Patrick Flanary / Quartz:
How Neil Young's reluctance to embrace streaming doomed his company PonoMusic, even as the company helped the industry to adapt high-resolution music  —  Toward the end of music legend Neil Young's recent memoir, he makes an admission: “I was wrong.”  —  The book, To Feel the Music …
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
Samsung releases a new care guide instructing Galaxy Fold users to “just use a light touch” and keep the phone free of water and dust  —  While the Samsung Galaxy Fold is not the first foldable phone on the market, it's without a doubt the biggest, and it will be the device that sets the example for other companies.

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