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October 30, 2019, 1:10 AM

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Will Cathcart / Washington Post:
WhatsApp sues NSO Group after investigating an attack from last year that sent malware to 1,400 devices and targeted 100+ human rights defenders and journalists  —  Will Cathcart is head of WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook.  —  In May, WhatsApp announced that we had detected and blocked …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Activist registers as a candidate in California's 2022 gubernatorial election merely to run false Facebook ads, in a challenge to its controversial policy  —  New York (CNN Business)A San Francisco man is going to extreme lengths to call out Facebook's controversial policy of allowing politicians to run false ads on its platform.
Peter Kafka / Vox:
HBO Max to launch in May and cost $15 a month, same as the existing HBO; AT&T plans to bundle free subscriptions for some customers of its other services  —  HBOMax, WarnerMedia's new streaming service, will feature all of HBO's shows, like Game of Thrones, plus new programing.  HBO
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Sony says it will shut down its PlayStation Vue live TV subscription service on January 30  —  After much reports about trying to find a buyer, it seems that PlayStation Vue has decided to shut down the service instead.  The service, which launched in 2015, was one of the first Live TV Streaming Services …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable:
Xiaomi's first high end smartwatch looks a lot like the Apple Watch, with a button and twisting control knob on the right side  —  Xiaomi's November 5 event is shaping up to be a pretty big one.  —  On Monday we wrote about the company's upcoming 108-megapixel phone, but now the company …
Alfred Ng / CNET:
Uber refuses to provide LA with real-time location data on its scooters, sues the city, requests restraining order in case LA decides to suspend Uber's license  —  The ride-hailing company doesn't want to share everything with the city's government.  —  Los Angeles wants a peek …
Brendan Sinclair / GamesIndustry.biz:
EA partners with Valve to bring its EA Access subscription service to Steam next spring and launch games on Steam starting with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order  —  SVP Mike Blank talks about the need to reduce fragmentation as EA pledges to bring Jedi Fallen Order, EA Access to Valve's storefront
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon makes grocery delivery free in ~2,000 US cities for all Prime members by removing the $14.99 per month AmazonFresh fee  —  Amazon is turning up the heat once again in the world of groceries, and specifically grocery delivery, to make its service more enticing in face of competition from Walmart …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon Echo Buds review: excellent sound quality, comfortable fit, and good Bose noise reduction, but no wireless charging and outdated micro-USB charging port  —  Amazon's first truly wireless earbuds exceed expectations  —  Amazon's new Echo Buds are the company's first wireless earbuds.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.1 update with new emoji, Siri privacy settings, and support for AirPods Pro and more HomeKit devices  —  Apple today released macOS Catalina 10.15.1, the first update to the macOS Catalina operating system that was released in October.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google now lets any company or organization register .new domains, a year after rolling out .new links as shortcuts to create new Google documents  —  A year ago, Google rolled out “.new” links that worked like shortcuts to instantly create new Google documents.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
MX Player, a streaming and offline video app popular in India, raises ~$111M Series A led by Tencent; source: MX Player has a post-money valuation of $500M  —  MX Player, a popular video app that offers both local playback and streaming services, said on Wednesday that it has raised $110.8 million …
Katie Williams / Sensor Tower Blog:
Analysis: Nintendo's new Mario Kart Tour game had 123.9M downloads in its launch month across iOS and Android, the second best ever behind Pokemon GO's 163M  —  Mario Kart Tour, powerhouse developer Nintendo's latest mobile game, has had the second-biggest launch month in history in terms of downloads.
Josh Taylor / The Guardian:
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission sues Google for allegedly misleading customers over location data settings and collection on Android devices  —  Australian Competition and Consumer Commission alleges Google breached law when users set up Android accounts
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple pulls HomePod 13.2 software update because some users have reported bricked HomePod devices after the update  —  Apple today released new 13.2 software for the HomePod with long-awaited features like Handoff and voice detection for different family members, but unfortunately, some users are running into problems with the update.

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