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October 25, 2019, 9:55 AM

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Facebook:
Facebook begins testing Facebook News with a subset of people in the US across four categories of select publishers: general, topical, diverse, and local news  —  Testing a dedicated place for news in the US  —  Journalism plays a critical role in our democracy.
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Amazon:
Amazon Q3: $70B revenue, up 24% YoY, net income of $2.1B, down from $2.9B in Q3 2018, AWS revenue of $9B, up from $6.7B in Q3 2018  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE) October 24, 2019—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2019.
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Google says it's improving 10% of English searches in the US by using NLP techniques to better understand query context and words' relationship with each other  —  For Google's namesake search engine, delivering the right results is about understanding what people are asking for.
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
TikTok says its content moderation policies are led by a US-based team and it will not remove content, including posts about Hong Kong, at the behest of China  —  Short-form video app TikTok can't shake an air of suspicion that surrounds it in the United States.
Washington Post:
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint announce the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative to bring RCS to Android phones in 2020  —  Here's a shocker.  All four major US carriers — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — have just announced that they're joining forces to deliver RCS messaging in the US for Android smartphones in 2020.
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Google Pixelbook Go review: excellent keyboard, good performance and battery life, with solid and stable OS, but remains pricey, and trackpad could be smoother  —  By focusing on the basics, Google's latest Chromebook is less ambitious but more successful.  —  Google has been building …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Gene Levoff, who was in charge of enforcing Apple's Insider Trading Policy, indicted for insider trading between 2011 and 2016; Levoff was fired in Sept. 2018  —  - Gene Levoff, who was a senior director of corporate law, was aware of Apple financial results before they were public …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Jack Dorsey criticizes Mark Zuckerberg's free speech comments, says there wasn't any talk of reach and amplification and his Iraq War mention was not authentic  —  Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey called out his counterpart at Facebook Inc., saying Mark Zuckerberg has a …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, one of the gaming world's most watched streamers, announces a move to Microsoft's Mixer from Twitch, following Tyler “Ninja” Blevins  —  'I'm making moves'  —  Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek is the latest Twitch megastar to abandon …
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Twitter says some users will start seeing more ads after it changed its historical approach of showing fewer ads to users with high follower counts  —  - Twitter's third-quarter earnings were marred by issues in a product that advertisers use to market mobile apps.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
The Information:
Sources: Sony has hired bankers to explore a sale of its Playstation Vue service, which would include the company's tech and a subscriber list of around 500K  —  Sony Corp. is exploring the sale of its Playstation Vue service, which offers a slimmed-down version of cable TV delivered over the internet …
Reuters:
AT&T says HBO Max will be available free to the 10M AT&T customers in the US who are also HBO subscribers when it launches in the spring  —  (Reuters) - In the bestselling novel “Circe” — optioned by WarnerMedia for its forthcoming HBO Max streaming service — the daughter …

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