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November 8, 2019, 5:55 PM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Blackstone buys majority stake in MagicLab, owner of dating apps Badoo and Bumble, valuing the company at $3B+; Whitney Wolfe Herd to become MagicLab's CEO  —  Bumble, the popular and profitable dating and networking app built around the ethos of women calling the shots on how connections …
Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Facebook says it is deleting mentions of the name of the whistleblower who prompted Trump impeachment inquiry, will reconsider if the name gets widely published  —  Facebook says it is deleting the name of the person who has been identified in conservative circles as the whistleblower …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz is launching a free crypto startup school, with a seven-week program that starts in February 2020  —  Last month, Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) general partner Chris Dixon announced at TechCrunch Disrupt that the VC firm would run a free crypto startup school.
Will Oremus / OneZero:
US safety investigators report: dilemma for self-driving cars is not saving one innocent victim over other; it's between caution and competitive advantage  —  It has nothing to do with the ‘trolley problem’  —  he advent of self-driving cars revived the decades-old philosophical conundrum known as the “trolley problem.”
Alnoor Peermohamed / The Economic Times:
AngelList launches its VC and angel fund product in India, which will allow individuals to raise small blind pools of capital and deploy them within 6-12 months  —  AngelList will manage the legal and regulatory aspects of raising capital and investing it, while the byte-sized funds will be able …
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Internal chats from 2012 and 2013 show Facebook staff lamenting its “unethical” practices, as Zuckerberg argued that the company's survival was more important  —  - New documents show dissent within Facebook's top ranks  — Disclosures come as company faces multiple antitrust probes
Neil Mawston / Strategy Analytics:
Smartwatch shipments grew 42% YoY to 14.2M units in Q3, as Apple grew market share to 48% from 45% last year and Fitbit's market share dropped from 15% to 11%  —  According to new research from our Wearable Device Ecosystems (WDE) service, global smartwatch shipments grew an impressive +42% YoY …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Alibaba is planning to launch a Hong Kong IPO next week with plans to raise as much as $15B  —  - It's said to proceed with listing hearing early next week  — Alibaba's share sale comes after a U.S.-China agreement  —  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is moving ahead with plans …
Jane Zhang / South China Morning Post:
Alibaba invests $3.3B in its logistics arm Cainiao, raising its stake to 63%  —  Cainiao will use the money raised to invest in technologies and logistics infrastructure services Cainiao also offers solutions to Alibaba's international e-commerce business, including Tmall Global …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Small-satellite startup Kepler provided satellite broadband connectivity to the Arctic at over 100Mbps to a German icebreaker sea vessel  —  Small-satellite startup Kepler has done something never before accomplished with satellite-based broadband connectivity: providing a high-bandwidth to the Arctic.
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CNBC:
Bob Iger says Disney+ will be on Amazon's Fire TV when it launches on November 12  —  - Analysts will be looking to see if Disney gives any color on expected subscriber numbers for Disney+.  —  Disney shares were up about 3% after the company reported an earnings beat for its fiscal fourth-quarter on Thursday.

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