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October 16, 2019, 1:35 PM

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Inside's Apple steep learning curve with TV+ and Hollywood, as sources say the company already well outspent its projected $1B annual content budget  —  After a few false starts and a little offscreen drama, AppleTV+ finally makes its big debut with a slate of shows, Jennifer Aniston …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Interview with Google execs about Project Soli, the tech behind Pixel 4's Motion Sense radar, and why they think gesture-sensing is more than just a gimmick  —  Why does a phone need radar?  —  By now, you've heard: the new Google Pixel 4 has a tiny radar chip inside it, which allows you to swipe or wave your hand to do a few things.
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Amazon says its consumer business has decommissioned its final Oracle database and migrated 75 petabytes in ~7,500 Oracle DBs to multiple AWS database services  —  AWS said that Amazon's consumer business has decommissioned its final Oracle database and migrated 75 petabytes of data …
Rob Merrick / The Independent:
After delays, the UK government quietly drops its controversial plan to implement an age verification requirement for porn websites  —  The long-delayed measure - one of the first of its kind in any democratic country - had been plagued by legal and technical difficulties
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn launches Events, a new free tool to plan, announce, and invite people to meetups in the physical world, starting Oct. 17 in English-speaking countries  —  LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned social network for the working world with around 650 million users, is known best as a place …
Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
Huawei says sales were $86B, up ~25% YoY with 185M+ smartphone shipments, up 26% YoY, between January and September 2019  —  A recovery in quarterly revenue suggests that the Chinese tech giant is weathering the Trump administration's efforts to hobble it.  —  BEIJING — Huawei said on Wednesday …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Investigation: US ad agency Ads Inc. ran a subscription-based Facebook scam whereby users rented their account to Ads Inc., which ran $50M in ads since 2016  —  Asher Burke built his company, Ads Inc, on the back of one of the internet's most persistent, lucrative, and sophisticated scams — the subscription trap.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok hires law firm K&L Gates to help it form a US content moderation committee, as current rules allow for a double standard on political speech  —  As TikTok continues its rapid U.S. growth, the company is being challenged to better explain its content moderation choices.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter to restrict user interactions with world leaders' tweets that it deems violate its rules, letting users quote-tweet, but not retweet, like, reply, share  —  Twitter said it will restrict how users can interact with tweets from world leaders who break its rules.
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
At the fourth Democratic debate, candidates quarreled over the power of Big Tech and remedies, with O'Rourke, Yang, and others critiquing Warren's plan  —  Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images  —  And it was all over the place.  —  Democrats running for president had their most vigorous debate yet …

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