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November 22, 2019, 6:45 PM

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BBC:
Russia to ban sale of gadgets including smartphones, computers, and smart TVs that are not pre-installed with Russian software starting July 2020  —  Russia has passed a law banning the sale of certain devices that are not pre-installed with Russian software.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
FCC bans carriers from using federal subsidies to buy equipment from Huawei and ZTE, considers ordering subsidy recipients to replace current Chinese equipment  —  The FCC is acting on its vow to keep Chinese technology out of American wireless networks.  Commissioners have unanimously approved …
Debby Wu / Bloomberg:
Sources say Apple AirPods shipments are 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
Shannon Liao / CNN:
Facebook says it has signed Jeremy Wang, aka Disguised Toast, a Twitch streamer with 1M+ followers, to Facebook Gaming, its live game streaming platform  —  New York (CNN)Facebook (FB) just nabbed a major player for its gaming platform as it continues to ramp up efforts to compete in the video game streaming wars.
Jane Lanhee Lee / Reuters:
Filing: outside the US and China, Airbnb had $2.42B in revenue in 2018, up 35%+ YoY, and $46.47M in profits, compared to a $97.22M loss in 2017  —  (Reuters) - Airbnb's business excluding the United States and China turned a net profit of $46.47 million in 2018 compared with a loss …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
VTEX, an end-to-end ecommerce platform used by clients like Walmart and Sony as they expand to Latin America, raises $140M led by SoftBank's Latin American fund  —  E-commerce now accounts for 14% of all retail sales, and its growth has led to a rise in the fortunes of startups that build tools to enable businesses to sell online.
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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 …

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