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November 15, 2019, 6:30 PM

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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.
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
Email: Sundar Pichai says Google is scaling back weekly all-hands TGIF meetings to once a month; meetings will focus only “on product and business strategy”  —  CEO announced changes to TGIF meeting in an email  —  Google's weekly town halls, internally known as “TGIF” meetings …
Washington Post:
Source: NIH and Google planned to launch a dataset of 100K chest X-rays in 2017, scrapped project days before launch, after finding personal info on some images  —  Fumbled project with NIH highlights potential pitfalls of Google's ambitions with sensitive health data
CNBC:
Twitter bans political ads globally, to allow some “cause-based” ads with limited targeting and promotion of issue-related fact-based reporting from news orgs  —  - Twitter laid out the framework for its new policy on political ads, which bans certain advertisers and has stricter rules for issue ads.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu to raise its Hulu + Live TV price by 22%, from $44.99/month to $54.99/month, for all subscribers starting on December 18  —  Hulu is implementing its second price increase in less than a year for its Hulu With Live TV product — with the base package of 60-plus live channels increasing 22%, to $54.99 per month.
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
The Supreme Court says it will hear Google's appeal in the copyright lawsuit brought by Oracle over Java APIs  —  - The Supreme Court said on Friday that it will hear a dispute between tech giants Oracle and Google in a blockbuster case that could lead to billions of dollars in fines and shape copyright law in the internet era.
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
NUVIA, founded by three former Apple chip execs, raises $53M Series A from Dell and others to develop a new CPU for data center servers  —  (Reuters) - Three of Apple Inc's former top semiconductor executives in charge of iPhone chips have founded a startup to design processors for data centers …
Holger Hansen / Reuters:
Germany passed a law on Thursday that could force Apple to open up the iPhone's NFC chip to rival mobile payment platforms in the country  —  BERLIN (Reuters) - Apple said on Friday moves in Germany to force it to open up its Apple Pay mobile payments system to rivals could hurt data protection …
Jason Ronald / Xbox Wire:
Microsoft rolls out its November 2019 Xbox Update with support for Google Assistant in English, improved gamertags, text-based content filters, and more  —  November is here and that means friends, family, food and plenty of gaming in between.  Thanks to your feedback …
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 …
The Information:
Sources: after exploring partnerships with banks in 2018 to offer an Amazon-branded checking account, Amazon scrapped those plans in their early stages  —  This week, Google confirmed that it will soon offer checking accounts to its users.  But one of the company's biggest rivals—Amazon …

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