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November 23, 2019, 5:15 AM

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Queenie Wong / CNET:
Facebook built a now discontinued internal app, report says between 2015 and 2016, that let employees identify colleagues and friends via facial recognition  —  The discontinued app could identify employees and their friends who had enabled facial recognition, Facebook said.
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:
Amazon filed its formal protest over JEDI on Friday, citing a Fox News segment and a Trump rally as evidence of improper political pressure from the White House  —  Amazon filed its formal protest over Microsoft's victory in a $10 billion Pentagon cloud computing contract …
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 …
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.
Ernie Smith / VICE:
As Slack gets criticism from power users for its WYSIWYG editor and plans an option to revert, a look at the history of Markdown, used by Slack's old interface  —  Slack just updated its longtime editor for its primary interface—and the rich-text result hints at a longstanding tension …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Inside Spotify's plan to dominate audio by spending hundreds of millions on exclusive podcasts and recruiting Jordan Peele, Mark Wahlberg and the Obamas  —  Having helped transform the music industry, Ek and content chief Dawn Ostroff set their sights (and your ears) on spending hundreds …
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
Profile of Dongtu, a China-based Giphy-like service that is baked into some 3,000 apps with chatting features, including WeChat, Alibaba's Taobao, and Weibo  —  With its own universe of homegrown social networks, e-commerce platforms and search engines, the Chinese internet is a world apart …

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