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November 9, 2019, 12:50 PM

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Adrienne So / Wired:
Instagram to test hiding Like counts in the US starting next week, following similar tests in Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand  —  Hiding like counts is just the latest step in Instagram's quest to become the safest place on the internet.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Facebook and YouTube say they are removing content that mentions the possible name of the whistleblower whose complaint prompted Trump impeachment inquiry  —  New York (CNN)Facebook (FB) and YouTube said Friday that they were removing content that mentioned the potential name …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook's leaked documents this week reveal that the company's anticompetitive behavior is rooted in a fundamental paranoia that it is vulnerable to rivals  —  The company's anticompetitive behavior is rooted in a deep sense of fear that it's vulnerable to rivals  —  Oh fine, let's talk about some ancient Facebook history.
Queenie Wong / CNET:
Facebook issues an apology after an anonymous Medium post alleged an ongoing culture of racism at Facebook against black, Latinx, and Asian employees  —  The social media company has been accused of empowering “racism against its employees of color.”  —  Facebook apologized Friday …
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Atlantic:
A look at the rise of “personal CRM” startups that want to help people manage their relationships the way businesses manage sales leads using CRM software  —  A slew of new start-ups want to help people manage their relationships the way they would sales leads.
William Feuer / CNBC:
Yelp reported Q3 revenue of $262.4M vs. $262.2M expected, up 9% YoY, and says it expects a growth of 11% to 13% YoY in Q4 revenue; stock closes up 15%+  —  - While the company's fourth-quarter guidance fell below expectations, it appears to be better than investors feared as the app faces increasing competition from Google.
Wall Street Journal:
As the US investigates Google for possible abuse of power as the biggest digital ad broker, a detailed look at how Google built the world's dominant ad machine  —  The U.S. is investigating whether the tech giant has abused its power, including as the biggest broker of digital ad sales across the web
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 …

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