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November 1, 2019, 11:40 AM

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Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Google to acquire Fitbit at $7.35 per share in cash, valuing the company at about $2.1B  —  - The acquisition pits Alphabet against fellow tech giant Apple in the wearable fitness tracking space.  —  Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in Mountain View, California, May 8, 2018.
BBC:
Investigation finds domestic workers in Kuwait are bought and sold online through Instagram, promoted via hashtags, and other apps on Play Store and App Store  —  Drive around the streets of Kuwait and you won't see these women.  They are behind closed doors, deprived of their basic rights …
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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple TV+ launches with nine original titles in 100+ countries for $4.99/month or $49.99/year with a one year free trial on the purchase of a new Apple device  —  After months of waiting, Apple's TV streaming service Apple TV+ is now live.  You can start watching on any platform that offers …
Allie Conti / VICE:
A scam spanning eight US cities and nearly 100 listings shows how easy it is to exploit Airbnb's poorly written rules through phony listings and fake reviews  —  While searching for the person who grifted me in Chicago, I discovered just how easy it is for users of the short-term rental platform to get exploited.
Washington Post:
China's three state-backed wireless carriers launch 5G in some cities, ahead of original 2020 date; China Mobile aims to bring 5G to 50+ cities by year's end  —  BEIJING — Chinese cellphone carriers will begin offering super-fast, next-generation 5G service on a commercial basis Friday …
Johana Bhuiyan / Los Angeles Times:
GitHub doubles down on its ICE contract, saying cancellation could “hurt” the immigrants that “we all want to help” in internal memo, amid rising employee anger  —  When GitHub Chief Executive Nat Friedman announced on Oct. 9 his company would donate half a million dollars …
Josh O'Kane / Globe and Mail:
Waterfront Toronto agrees to move forward on Alphabet Sidewalk's smart city proposal but with government control over data collection and limits on scale  —  Waterfront Toronto will move forward with a proposal for Sidewalk Labs to build a high-tech community on the city's waterfront …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Microsoft says authorities in Dehradun, India were able to automate hundreds of driver license tests in recent weeks by using its AI-based project called HAMS  —  An American giant may have figured out a way to simplify the tedious procedure of issuing driver's licenses.
GeekWire:
Modus, a Seattle-based startup developing software to optimize title and escrow stage of home buying process, raises $12.5M Series A  —  Pete Flint knows a thing or two about real estate.  He helped launch Trulia and later sold the real estate data platform to Zillow for $2.5 billion in 2015.
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