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November 15, 2019, 9:50 AM

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Axios:
Apple says it will remove all 181 vaping-related apps from its App Store, after experts attribute a variety of lung injuries and fatalities to e-cigarettes  —  Amid growing health concerns over e-cigarettes, Apple will remove all 181 vaping-related apps from its mobile App Store this morning, Axios has learned.
CNBC:
Amazon says it has filed a protest of the Pentagon's decision to award the JEDI contract to Microsoft, claiming “unmistakable bias”, and “errors” in process  —  - Oracle and IBM were removed from the competition earlier this year, and last month Amazon was knocked out.
BBC:
UK's Labour party pledges free broadband for all by 2030, by nationalizing part of BT and introducing a tax on tech giants, if it wins the general election  —  Labour has promised to give every home and business in the UK free full-fibre broadband by 2030, if it wins the general election.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google says it is now rolling out support for RCS messages in the Android Messages app to all of its users in the US  —  Google today announced that it is now rolling out to all of its users in the U.S. support for Rich Communication Services messages (you can think of it as the next generation of SMS) …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
TikTok says it has started allowing some users to add links to their profile bios and send their viewers to shopping sites  —  TikTok is beginning to dabble in social commerce.  The short-form video app said it has started to allow some users to add links to e-commerce sites …
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero:
Docs show surveillance robots from Knightscope collect data using tools like facial recognition, automatic license plate readers, and wireless device detection  —  OneZero obtained a presentation that reveals how Knightscope uses facial recognition and license plate readers to track individuals
CNBC:
Sources: the 50 AGs investigating Google are preparing to expand their antitrust investigation beyond Google's ad business into search and Android businesses  —  - The 50 attorneys general investigating Google are preparing to expand their antitrust investigation into the company's search …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft plans to launch its xCloud game streaming service in the US in 2020, with plans to expand xCloud preview to Canada, India, Japan, and Western Europe  —  More countries are getting access to xCloud next year, too  —  Microsoft is planning to launch its xCloud game streaming service in 2020 …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Apple signed on 200,000 subscribers to Apple News+ in its first 48 hours in March but has since struggled to add customers  —  - Apple signed on 200,000 subscribers to Apple News+ in its first 48 hours in March, but has been stuck in neutral since that time, according to people familiar with the matter.
Sarah Emerson / OneZero:
On-demand transcription service Rev lets freelancers listen to “unclaimed” audio or video files, which can contain personal info or even trade secrets  —  Gig workers warn that more than 40,000 transcribers could access private customer information, including job details

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