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November 14, 2019, 12:35 AM

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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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
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 …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Oculus CTO John Carmack says he is stepping down but will remain as a “consulting CTO”, will work on an artificial general intelligence, as a personal project  —  One of the driving forces behind Facebook's virtual reality efforts is leaving his post: Oculus CTO John Carmack …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Motorola announces new Razr phone with a 6.2" touchscreen display that folds like a clamshell for $1,500, launching in January on Verizon in the US  —  The Razr returns  —  The Razr is back, but now it's an Android smartphone that can fold in half.  Motorola has officially announced its much-rumored …
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 …
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 …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Disney says Disney+ has seen 10M signups since launching on Tuesday  —  - For comparison, Disney-owned Hulu claimed more than 28 million subscribers in May, and Netflix claimed more than 60 million paid domestic members, and over 97 million international, in its third quarter of 2019.
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 …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft says Executive VP Harry Shum, who oversaw AI and Research, is leaving in February 2020, with CTO Kevin Scott taking over his responsibilities  —  Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott is going to be heading up Microsoft's combined AI and Research Group, effective immediately.
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 …

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