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November 28, 2019, 9:45 AM

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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:
Newsroom | TikTok:
TikTok says it didn't block US teen's account with Uighur persecution video, but did block device associated with her other account banned for bin Laden pic  —  There has been significant interest and confusion regarding a user's two TikTok accounts and her viral video talking about the Uighur community in China.
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Rita El Khoury / Android Police:
Google Photos starts rolling out manual face tagging, lets users tag faces that Google's algorithm detects but doesn't recognize  —  A few months ago, Google Photos product lead, David Lieb, told us that manually tagging faces was on the app's update roadmap.
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.
Charlotte Tucker / EU-Startups:
Toucan Toto, which provides a data visualization platform without requiring users to learn a new language, raises €12M led by Balderton Capital  —  Toucan Toco, a data storytelling startup founded in 2014, has completed its first-ever round of funding of €12 million, led by Balderton Capital.
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Wolfie Zhao / CoinDesk:
Korean crypto exchange Upbit confirms it has lost 342K of ether worth ~$49M, suspends deposits/withdrawals, says losses will be covered with its own assets  —  342,000 ether have been taken from the wallets of South Korean crypto exchange Upbit, the firm's CEO says.  —  Learn  —  Bitcoin 101
DutchNews.nl:
Picnic, an online supermarket that delivers groceries in 125 Dutch and German cities, raises €250M, plans to build a new automated distribution center  —  Online supermarket Picnic has raised €250m in funding to develop a new, largely automated distribution centre which it hopes will come on stream within two years.
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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 …

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