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November 12, 2019, 5:45 AM

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Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
Google partnered with Ascension, the 2nd-largest US health-care system, to analyze personal health info of millions, sources say as part of Project Nightingale  —  Search giant is amassing health records from Ascension facilities in 21 states; patients not yet informed
Reuters:
Microsoft says it will honor California's digital privacy law throughout the US; source: CCPA offers special treatment to “service providers” like Microsoft  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said in a blog post on Monday that it would honor California's privacy law …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple to debut a new 3D sensor module in an iPad Pro coming in H1'20 and higher-end 2020 iPhones, to be followed by a AR/VR headset and AR glasses  —  - Company designs new 3-D system as hub for range of AR devices  — Next iPad, iPhone to have 3-D system, followed by two headsets
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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Source: Twitter suggests it will allow political ads that spread awareness about issues like climate change, not ads mentioning a specific policy or candidate  —  Representatives from Twitter met with advertisers last week to discuss the specifics of what might be — and won't be — included in its ban on political advertising.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter shares draft of its new deepfakes policy for public input through Nov. 27, says it won't ban deepfakes but will label them and warn users before sharing  —  Twitter last month said it was introducing a new policy to help fight deepfakes and other “manipulated media” that involve photos …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook is rolling out a new option called Shortcuts Bar Settings that lets users remove certain tabs in the app's navigation bar and silence notification dots  —  Are those red notification dots on your Facebook home screen driving you crazy?  Sick of Facebook Marketplace wasting your screen space?
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
UK's Balderton Capital has raised a new $400M fund to back EU tech startups at the Series A stage; the VC had closed a similar Series A fund in 2017 at $375M  —  Balderton Capital, one of the so-called “big four” early-stage VC firms in London (the others being Accel, Atomico and Index) …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Alibaba says it sold goods worth $38.4B on Singles' Day, topping last year's record of $30.7B  —  After 24 hours of frenzied buying and selling, and weeks of advertising and promotions before it, the Alibaba Group said today its sales hit another record high on Singles' Day, the biggest shopping day on the planet.
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Critics say EU's antitrust actions against tech companies have done little to restore competitive balance and US regulators need to learn from EU's mistakes  —  There is a lot to learn from mistakes that the Continent's regulators have made, say consumer groups, lawyers and rival companies.

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