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November 3, 2019, 7:55 PM

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Siva Vaidhyanathan / New York Times:
Vetting political ads effectively and consistently at global scale is impossible; Congress should restrict ad targeting to the level of an electoral district  —  It's not about free speech.  —  Siva Vaidhyanathan is a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia.
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Darla Mercado / CNBC:
Brian Chesky says Airbnb will ban “party houses” after five people died in a shooting at a Halloween party in a California home rented through the service  —  - Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, tweeted on Saturday that the company would bar “party houses” and step up its efforts against unauthorized parties.
New York Times:
Trump has integrated Twitter into the fabric of his administration, reshaping the presidency with ~12,000 tweets while in office, lately posting even more often  —  With a single tweet last fall, Mr. Trump sent his administration into a tailspin.  “I must, in the strongest of terms …
Gaurav Shukla / NDTV Gadgets 360:
Global smartphone shipments in Q3 grew 2% YoY according to Strategy Analytics, while Canalys estimates 1% increase, bucking a two-year downward trend  —  Samsung grabbed the top spot with over 78 million smartphone shipments in Q3 2019.  —  HIGHLIGHTS  —  Global smartphone shipments bucked …
Wall Street Journal:
Evan Spiegel on Snap's turnaround, how Snapchat's controversial redesign, after few fixes, increased the time users spend on premium content, Facebook, more  —  As the company turns a corner, the CEO says Snapchat's controversial redesign is paying off  —  Last year, Snap Inc. Chief Executive …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers spot the first successful attack using Windows BlueKeep vulnerability; the exploit is not a worm and installs cryptominers, instead of ransomware  —  After months of warnings, the first successful attack using Microsoft's BlueKeep vulnerability has arrived—but isn't nearly as bad as it could have been.
Gregory Zuckerman / Wall Street Journal:
Profile of Jim Simons, a mathematician and founder of hedge fund firm Renaissance Technologies who pioneered computer-based approaches to quantitative trading  —  Jim Simons was a middle-aged mathematician in a strip mall who knew little about finance.  He had to overcome his own doubts to turn Wall Street on its head.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils a new logo for Edge Chromium, ahead of the release of the final version of the browser  —  The new icon is a wave surfing the web  —  Microsoft is refreshing the logo for its Chromium-based Edge browser.  The software giant originally unveiled its Edge icon more than four years ago …
Financial Times:
Emotion recognition systems, already installed in Xinjiang, have started rolling out across China even as experts say the tech does not work very well  —  Emotion recognition was the crime prevention buzz-phrase on everyone's lips this week at China's largest surveillance tech expo, held in the southern tech hub of Shenzhen.
Elizabeth Schulze / CNBC:
Russia's “sovereign internet” law, which aims to enable disconnecting the country's internet from the rest of the world, went into effect on Friday  —  - The law tightens Moscow's control over the country's internet infrastructure and aims to provide a way for Russia to disconnect its networks from the rest of the world.

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