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November 22, 2019, 8:45 AM

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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Twitter says users can now enroll in 2FA without a phone number and disable SMS-based 2FA as default, allows other methods such as mobile authenticator apps  —  And it only took Twitter's CEO getting hacked to happen.  —  Twitter announced today that users will finally be able to disable SMS-based …
Debby Wu / Bloomberg:
Sources say Apple AirPods shipments expected to double to 60M in 2019, driven by much higher than expected demand for the AirPods Pro model  —  - Demand for AirPods Pro ‘much higher’ than original estimate  — Wearables drive Apple's growth as smartphone shipments plateau
Daniel Rubino / Windows Central:
Microsoft delays the release of Surface Earbuds, which it said earlier were coming in the fall, until Spring 2020  —  Microsoft's October hardware event brought many new devices to market, but it was Surface Earbuds that had an IOU for release.  While the original plan was to have at least …
Amber Neely / AppleInsider:
Apple removed the “Ratings & Reviews” section from all product pages on its website over the weekend, with no stated reason  —  On November 17, Apple removed the “Ratings & Reviews” section from all product pages on the Apple website.  It is currently unclear what has prompted …
BBC:
Russia bans sale of gadgets including smartphones, computers, and smart TVs that are not pre-installed with alternative Russian software starting July 2020  —  Russia has passed a law banning the sale of certain devices that are not pre-installed with Russian software.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter rolls out its “Hide Replies” feature to all users globally  —  Twitter's radical “Hide Replies” feature, one of the biggest changes to how Twitter works since the invention of the Retweet, is now available to Twitter's global user base.  The company says the feature …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator ends plans to establish YC China, cites changing leadership and strategy, says YC China CEO Qi Lu is leaving to set up his own fund, MiraclePlus  —  Prolific startup accelerator Y Combinator has abandoned plans to establish a branch of the program in China.
Mehedi Hassan / Thurrott:
Google brings Smart Compose to Google Docs as a beta, initially available in English for G Suite users on the web  —  Google introduced an interesting new feature called Smart Compose on Gmail last year.  The feature uses artificial intelligence to automatically suggest sentences as you draft your email.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Google increases rewards for Titan M secure element exploits on Pixels to $1.5M and to $750K for other exploits; Android hack rewards used to top out at $200K  —  Big bump coincides with investments Google has poured into securing its Pixel phone.  —  Google will pay up to $1.5 million …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Susan Wojcicki says YouTube is working to bring ads to edgier content and updating its policy to differentiate between real world violence and gaming violence  —  There's a difference between borderline and edgy content  —  YouTube is experimenting with placing advertisements …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Google reveals new details about Russia-linked “Sandworm” hacking group behind NotPetya, the attacks on Winter Olympics, French election, and more  —  The Kremlin's uniquely dangerous hacker group has been trying new tricks.  —  The Russian state-sponsored hackers known as Sandworm …
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Tim Cook and Apple did not correct Trump after he took credit for opening a Texas manufacturing plant that has been in operation since 2013  —  President Trump said on Wednesday that he opened a facility that makes computers for Apple.  It's been operating since 2013.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:

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