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November 18, 2019, 12:15 PM

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Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
Musical.ly founder Alex Zhu, who now heads TikTok, says TikTok doesn't share data with China or Bytedance and doesn't censor videos at China's behest  —  Alex Zhu, the head of the Chinese-owned viral video app, is trying to assuage Washington's fears.  “I am quite optimistic,” he said.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
T-Mobile President and COO Mike Sievert to succeed John Legere as CEO on May 1, 2020  —  - T-Mobile President and COO Mike Sievert will succeed John Legere as CEO on May 1, 2020, the company announced Monday.  — CNBC's David Faber reported in July that Sievert was expected …
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.
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Sources: ByteDance is in talks with record companies to launch a music streaming service as soon as December, initially in Brazil, India, and Indonesia  —  The Chinese company behind the popular video app TikTok is set to go head-to-head with the likes of Spotify and Apple in the music streaming market …
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Inside Facebook's efforts to fight revenge porn using AI and a 25-person team; source: Facebook gets about 500K reports of revenge porn per month  —  The Facebook team tasked with fighting nonconsensual intimate images spoke for the first time about their research, early missteps and hopes for AI.
Nikkei Asian Review:
Line and SoftBank's Yahoo Japan announce merger plan, aim to sign a deal by December 2019, and integrate the businesses by October 2020  —  SoftBank and Naver's venture to be Japan's largest online player  —  TOKYO — The operators of Yahoo sites in Japan and the Line chat app jointly announced …

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