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November 12, 2019, 11:15 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
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram debuts Reels, a TikTok-style video remix feature, which lets you make 15-second video clips set to music and share them as Stories, in Brazil  —  Instagram is launching a video-music remix feature to  —  finally fight back against Chinese social rival TikTok.
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 …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
A look at @BallerBusters, an Instagram account that calls out people who pretend to be wealthier than they are to hawk dubious mentorship or online classes  —  It's easy to look successful on Instagram.  Now, getting caught out is easy too.  —  In February, an Instagram account called …
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
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.
Michael Hayes / OneZero:
How some police departments in the US conduct facial recognition searches on behalf of other jurisdictions, boosting access to the tech and evading local laws  —  “Do not mention FITlist.”  —  ver the last decade, large police forces in Washington state like the Seattle Police Department …
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) …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Blaize, which custom-designs AI chips with a new graph streaming architecture, emerges from stealth with $87M raised over several rounds  —  There's booming demand for silicon custom-designed to accelerate AI workloads, as the gobs of cash raised by startups like Hailo Technologies, Graphcore, and Untether AI demonstrates.
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Thomas Ohr / EU-Startups:
CoachHub, the Berlin-based digital coaching platform, raises €10M from existing investors HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, Partech, and others  —  The digital coaching platform CoachHub has raised a €10 million funding round, from existing investors HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, Partech and Speedinvest and new investor RTP Global.
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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.
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?

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