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November 13, 2019, 6:35 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple unveils 16" MacBook Pro with better speakers, 512GB base storage, and new keyboard with scissor switches, available for pre-order now starting at $2,399  —  Apple has launched a new 16-inch MacBook Pro today, available for pre-order now and in stores later this week.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Report: Google is planning to offer checking accounts to users, in partnership with banks and credit unions, starting as early as next year  —  Google is the latest big tech company to make a move into banking and personal financial services: The company is gearing up to offer checking accounts to consumers …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Disney says Disney+ has seen 10M signups since launching on Tuesday  —  Disney's new streaming service has already seen 10 million sign-ups since launching Tuesday, the company announced Wednesday.  —  Disney's stock was up slightly on the news.  Netflix shares were down 1%.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Docker restructures, raises $35M from Benchmark and Insight Partners, sells its Docker Enterprise business, team, and IP to Mirantis  —  Mirantis today announced that it has acquired Docker's Enterprise business and team.  Docker Enterprise was very much the heart of Docker's product lineup …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Facebook says requests from governments for user data in H1 2019 were up 16% over H2 2018 to 128,617, the highest on record, led by 50,741 demands from the US  —  Facebook's latest transparency report is out.  —  The social media giant said the number of government demands for user data increased …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
GitHub announces improvements to code search and notifications and unveils its first native mobile app, available in beta for iOS, with Android app coming soon  —  At its annual Universe conference today, Microsoft -owned GitHub announced a couple of new products, as well as the general availability …
Candy Cheng / Bloomberg:
Source: DoorDash is raising $100M at a ~$13B valuation from T. Rowe Price Group and others  —  DoorDash Inc.'s $2 billion war chest is getting even bigger.  The food delivery startup, backed by the likes of SoftBank Group Corp. and Sequoia Capital, is receiving a new cash infusion of $100 million …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Canalys: global smart speaker shipments reached 28.6M, up 44% YoY, in Q3 2019 as Amazon shipped 10.4M units, up 66% YoY, and Google shipped 3.5M, down 40% YoY  —  The global smart speaker market is on the upswing, according to Canalys, which today released shipment estimates for the most recent fiscal quarter.
More: Canalys and CNET
Financial Times:
Popular health websites in UK are sharing sensitive user data with dozens of companies including Google and Facebook along with data-brokers and adtech firms  —  Some of the UK's most popular health websites are sharing people's sensitive data — including medical symptoms, diagnoses …
Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg:
Inside the Arctic World Archive, where GitHub will store 200 “platters”, each with 120GB of open source software on them, to prevent loss of the software  —  The last stop for civilization before the North Pole is Svalbard, an archipelago north of mainland Norway along the 80th parallel.
Bloomberg:
Nike will stop selling its sneakers and apparel directly on Amazon, ending a pilot program that began in 2017  —  - Move follows naming of ex-EBay CEO as Nike's next chief  —  Nike Inc. is breaking up with Amazon.com Inc.  —  The athletic brand will stop selling its sneakers …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Chicago-based ThreeKit raises $20M Series A for its platform that creates 3D product renderings for clients on the fly  —  Predictably, the vast majority of ecommerce customers prefer to visually preview products before deciding whether to pull the trigger.

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