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November 16, 2019, 12:10 PM

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Anmol / MSPoweruser:
Microsoft to end support for Cortana apps on iOS and Android in the UK, Canada, and Australia from Jan. 31; Cortana content like reminders will stop working  —  Recently there were rumours that Microsoft might be discontinuing Cortana on Android and iOS.  Now, a new support article published …
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Microsoft hires former AG Eric Holder to determine if AnyVision complies with the ethical principles stipulated during the facial recognition company's Series A  —  According to five sources, AnyVision's technology has powered a secret military surveillance project that has monitored Palestinians in the West Bank.
CNBC:
Twitter bans political ads globally, will 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.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Jimmy Wales' WikiTribune, which launched as a crowdfunded news site in 2017, relaunches as WT:Social, a donor-funded social networking and “news sharing” site  —  Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has quietly launched a rival to Facebook and Twitter that he hopes will combat “clickbait” and misleading headlines.
The Verge:
Creators say YouTube's new labeling policy for kids' content that holds creators solely accountable are murky, as some video categories fall in a gray area  —  The government could sue them for thousands of dollars  —  On Tuesday afternoon, YouTube formally announced its plan to have creators label …
Tiernan Ray / ZDNet:
Facebook's AI team details XLM-R, a natural language model which translates between 100 languages, but struggles with the limits of existing computing power  —  Facebook AI research's latest breakthrough in natural language understanding, called XLM-R, performs cross-language tasks …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Verizon releases a Stream TV device running Android TV, heavily featuring YouTube TV, with none of Verizon Media's properties promoted and Netflix app blocked  —  Verizon has an answer to Roku, but it's not talking much about it: The mobile carrier quietly released a new streaming device …
Christina Farr / CNBC:
PillPack adds “Amazon Pharmacy” to its logo and says it has filed paperwork that adds “Amazon Pharmacy” to the licensed name of its pharmacy fulfillment centers  —  - PillPack, the Internet pharmacy it acquired last year, has updated its logo to “PillPack by Amazon Pharmacy.”
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.

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