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November 25, 2019, 5:05 PM

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Gwyn Topham / The Guardian:
Uber loses its license to operate in London after authorities discovered that 14K+ trips were taken with uninsured drivers  —  Ride-hailing service to continue while it appeals against Transport for London decision  —  Uber has lost its licence to operate private hire vehicles in London …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Facebook launches Viewpoints, a market research app that pays users for completing surveys, research, and other tasks, for users in the US  —  Facebook is once again offering a market research app, but this one appears to avoid some of the privacy concerns from before.
Elly Cosgrove / CNBC:
eBay to sell StubHub to Swiss ticket resale marketplace Viagogo for about $4.05B in cash  —  - The sale is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2020, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.  —  Tickets are offered for sale through StubHub in Chicago, Illinois.
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
Transcribers for Rev say they are exposed to troubling material, including violent police recordings and descriptions of child abuse, often with no warning  —  Violent police recordings, descriptions of child abuse, and graphic medical videos have appeared without warning, transcribers say
Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:
Leaked Amazon injury reports show one of its NY warehouses has a very high incident rate score of 15.19 in 2018, versus an average of 6.1 for sawmills in the US  —  Since opening in September 2018, Amazon's massive fulfillment center on New York's Staten Island has garnered a reputation …
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover raises $10M for a second Weekend Fund to back early-stage companies  —  Covering venture capital, software and startups  —  Six years since founding product discovery site Product Hunt, Ryan Hoover says he isn't planning to step away anytime soon.
Ian Sample / The Guardian:
150+ orgs, including Google and Facebook, back Tim Berners-Lee's Contract for the Web, pledging to guard the web from abuse or face removal from supporter list  —  Inventor of web calls on governments and firms to safeguard it from abuse and ensure it benefits humanity
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / ICIJ:
Leaked Chinese government docs reveal the mechanics of running mass detention camps in Xinjiang, predictive policing, mass surveillance, and snooping on expats  —  A new leak of highly classified Chinese government documents has uncovered the operations manual for running the mass detention camps …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Omni, which raised $35M, shutters after failing to work out the economics of equipment rentals and physical on-demand storage; Coinbase hires 10 Omni engineers  —  $35 million-funded Omni is packing up and shutting down after struggling to make the economics of equipment rentals and physical on-demand storage work out.
AnandTech:
Review of AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X, with 24/32 Cores on 7nm: they beat Intel chips across many benchmarks, especially on parallel computing tasks  —  One of the constant themes of 2019 has been to ask AMD employees about the future of its Threadripper line of products.
Thanks:@anandtech
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
DOJ charges the founders of Outcome Health with fraud to obtain ~$1B in a 26-count indictment, weeks after the digital pharma ad company settled a related probe  —  (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors announced criminal charges accusing the founders of Outcome Health of overseeing a scheme …

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