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November 5, 2019, 11:33 AM

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Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
Data brokers like Sift and Kustomer, which share consumers' est. lifetime value with companies, now share it with customers on request due to new privacy laws  —  Little-known companies are amassing your data — like food orders and Airbnb messages — and selling the analysis to clients.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Microsoft Surface Pro X review: beautiful design and good screen but expensive, slow for the price, and has an unimpressive battery and app compatibility issues  —  Better than expected isn't enough  —  The Surface Pro X is the computer Microsoft has tried to make for at least seven years.
Jennifer Langston / Microsoft:
Microsoft teams up with Warner Bros to store and retrieve the 1978 movie Superman on a piece of glass as a proof of concept test for Project Silica research  —  Microsoft and Warner Bros. have collaborated to successfully store and retrieve the entire 1978 iconic “Superman” …
Wall Street Journal:
Companies in Vision Fund's portfolio, like Wag and Fair, are struggling; sources say Oyo founder invested $2B in his company with a loan backed by Masayoshi Son  —  Other companies the huge tech investment fund has backed have struggled lately  —  SoftBank Group Corp. 's longtime strategy …
Yaël Eisenstat / Washington Post:
A former head of election integrity operations at Facebook says the company's business model and ad targeting tools make it hard for it to not harm democracy  —  The company can't avoid damaging democracy.  —  I joined Facebook in June 2018 as its “head of Global Elections Integrity Ops” …
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
1,100+ Googlers sign a letter asking Google to commit to eliminating its carbon footprint by 2030 and stop working with orgs harming climate change refugees  —  Google employees announced a campaign today to push the company to eliminate its massive carbon footprint by 2030.
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
Netflix added a “skip politics” button to a segment of Seth Meyers' new comedy special “Lobby Baby”, following a request from the comedian  —  New York (CNN Business)Seth Meyers thinks some comedy fans may be burned out by DC politics, so he asked Netflix (NFLX) to help him do something about it.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Mozilla is working to fix a Firefox bug being actively exploited by scammers, which causes the browser to lock up after displaying a warning message  —  Fraudulent tech-support sites cause Firefox to freeze while displaying scary message.  —  Scammers are actively exploiting a bug in Firefox …
More: BetaNews
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Study of ~10K startups: women represent 13% of founders but own 7% of founder equity; 31% of all equity owners are women, but hold 6% of total startup equity  —  Female entrepreneurs have less equity in their own companies than do male entrepreneurs, according to a new report from Carta.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers show that they can use lasers to send commands to smart speakers, tablets, and phones via Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant from far away  —  By pointing lasers tuned to a precise frequency at a smart assistant, researchers could force it to unlock cars, open garage doors, and more.
Uber:
Uber reports Q3 revenue of $3.8B, up 30% YoY, gross bookings of $16.5B, up 29%, net loss of $1.2B; Uber Eats revenue up 64% to $645M; stock down 7%+  —  Revenue of $3.8 billion, with growth accelerating to 30% year-over-year, or 31% on a constant currency basis
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft launches Office app on iOS and Android, combining Word, Excel, and PowerPoint functionality, expanding from its initial debut with Galaxy Note10  —  Microsoft is looking for new ways to encourage people to use Office apps on their mobile phones by combining lightweight versions of the core apps into a single app.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Medopad, which is building AI-based measurable indicators of disease progression picked up by apps and wearables, raises $25M Series B led by Bayer  —  Medopad, the UK startup that has been working with Tencent to develop AI-based methods for building and tracking “digital” biomarkers …
Washington Post:
Overview of TikTok's evolving censorship approach: ex-US staff say Chinese bosses set rules on videos with heavy kissing, political topics, subversive content  —  Managers insist they are revamping policies to give American staff greater autonomy from Beijing.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 seem to terminate apps in the background far more aggressively, hurting the multitasking experience, especially on the iPad  —  A growing number of iPhone and iPad users have complained about poor RAM management on iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, leading to apps like Safari …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google News for Android and iOS adds an option to show stories for up to two languages and regions  —  In recent years, Google has strived to make its products work better internationally.  Google News for Android and iOS now supports bilingual feeds to show stories for up to two “languages & regions of interest.”
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Cloud HR software company Workday to acquire Scout RFP, which makes cloud-based e-sourcing and procurement software, for $540M  —  Based in San Francisco, Scout RFP makes cloud-based e-sourcing and procurement software.  —  Workday announced Monday that it plans to acquire Scout RFP …
Adobe Newsroom:
Adobe, Twitter, and The New York Times Company announce the Content Authenticity Initiative to develop an industry standard for digital content attribution  —  LOS ANGELES—(BUSINESS WIRE)—At Adobe MAX, Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the Content Authenticity Initiative …

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