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November 8, 2019, 10:55 AM

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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.
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
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.
More: Decrypt and a16zThanks:@ninasuthers
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 …
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 …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter says it will begin a series of experiments within two weeks that tweak functions like the retweet and reply to promote healthier conversations  —  Twitter knows we treat each other terribly on Twitter.  We dunk, ridiculing friends and strangers via quote-tweets.  We ratio, piling on replies to bad tweets.
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.
More: Slashdot
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Some users across all major US carriers received text messages overnight that appear to have been sent around Valentine's Day, causing distress in some cases  —  It's happening to people across all major US carriers  —  Something strange is happening with text messages in the US right now.
Bloomberg:
Google contractors recall the often absurd predicament of representing Google, like escorting job candidates around campus, while not working for the company  —  Kevin Kiprovski had a lofty title, “Expeditions Associate,” and a fun job — he got to demo Google virtual reality gear to young students.
Eudora Wang / DealStreetAsia:
Lori Systems, a Kenyan logistics platform that connects cargo owners with truck fleets, raises $30M Series A led by Chinese investors  —  Lori Systems, an African logistics platform that connects cargo owners with truck fleets, has secured nearly $30 million in a Series A round of financing led …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Mya Frazier / Bloomberg:
Indiana passes law, targeting Big Tech, that exempts sales taxes for an unprecedented 50 years to companies that commit $750M+ to a data center in the state  —  Ed Soliday likens data centers to the Spruce Goose, the enormous wooden airplane Howard Hughes flew just once.
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 …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Microsoft starts shipping its $3,500 HoloLens 2 to preorder customers in the US, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and the UK  —  New gesture controls and a bigger field of view  —  Microsoft's HoloLens 2 mixed reality headset is shipping today after being announced earlier this year.

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