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November 27, 2019, 6:50 PM

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Ina Fried / Axios:
Twitter pauses its plan to delete inactive accounts, after concerns were raised about deceased users, until it creates a way to memorialize accounts  —  Twitter said Wednesday it was putting on hold a plan to delete inactive accounts amid concerns that accounts from deceased users would be swept up in the purge.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Twitter should offer a way to memorialize accounts of deceased people before removing accounts that have been inactive for over six months  —  There are a few ways that people use Twitter, but for the most part the ones who have pushed the social platform into the national lexicon are regular users …
BBC:
Apple meets Russia's demands to show Crimea as part of Russia for Russian Apple Maps users; elsewhere on Apple Maps, Crimea isn't shown as part of any country  —  Apple has complied with Russian demands to show the annexed Crimean peninsula as part of Russian territory on its apps.
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Valve says its Steam Controller, launched in 2013 as part of the failed Steam Machines program, will no longer be made; last units will sell for $5/controller  —  An amazing gadget bites the dust  —  Only the best deals on Verge-approved gadgets get the Good Deals stamp of approval …
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Leaked docs: Amazon's Ring was working on neighborhood “watch lists” and a feature to notify users of individuals deemed suspicious, built on facial recognition  —  Ring, Amazon's crimefighting surveillance camera division, has crafted plans to use facial recognition software …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter confirms it is testing threaded conversations features from its prototype twttr app on Twitter.com, ahead of the official rollout next year  —  Twttr, the prototype app Twitter launched earlier this year, has been testing new ways to display conversations, including through the use of threaded replies and other visual cues.
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Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
Huawei Mate 30 Pro review: impressive hardware and camera but the lack of inbuilt Google services is a deal breaker, making it hard to justify the €1,099 price  —  It's been roughly 2 months now since Huawei announced the new Mate 30 Pro as well as the Kirin 990 chipsets.
Thanks:@anandtech
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Amazon announces new Alexa emotions for developers to let Alexa respond to questions from US users with a “happy/excited” or a “disappointed/empathetic” tone  —  Alexa is also getting a radio DJ-like voice  —  You might hear a little more emotion from Alexa's vaguely-robotic voice …

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