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November 17, 2019, 9:25 PM

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Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
After ICANN lifted price caps on .org domains in June, the Internet Society has sold Public Interest Registry, the top level domain's operator, to PE firm Ethos  —  Ethos Capital, led by former ABRY Partners Managing Partner, buys .Org registry.  —  I thought this might happen.  And now it has.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
As millions pay for premium subscriptions to have a “clean” digital media experience, privacy and freedom from advertising are gradually becoming luxury goods  —  A decade ago, an internet video start-up called Hulu boldly declared an end to the era of paid TV.
Mark Harris / MIT Technology Review:
New research shows that thousands of ships in Shanghai, the world's busiest port, are falling victim to spoofing of GPS systems that has left experts baffled  —  A sophisticated new electronic warfare system is being used at the world's busiest port.  But is it sand thieves or the Chinese state behind it?
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Self-driving startup Wayve, which considers sophisticated sensor tech like lidar unnecessary for safe autonomous driving systems, raises $20M Series A  —  Wayve, a U.K.-based startup that's developing artificial intelligence (AI) that teaches cars to drive autonomously using reinforcement learning …
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Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Sources: ByteDance is in talks with record companies to launch a music streaming service as soon as next month, would debut it initially in Brazil, India, more  —  The Chinese company behind the popular video app TikTok is set to go head-to-head with the likes of Spotify and Apple …
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Eric Rosenbaum / CNBC:
The White House confirms that President Trump will tour Apple's manufacturing plant in Austin on November 20  —  - Apple announced its new Mac Pro will be assembled at the Austin factory after winning tariff exemptions from the Trump administration in September.  —  How Apple CEO Tim Cook won over Trump amid a trade war

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