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December 2, 2019, 8:30 PM

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Steve Satterfield / About Facebook:
Facebook unveils photo transfer tool, letting users transfer their photos and videos directly to other services starting with Google Photos, in Ireland  —  At Facebook, we believe that if you share data with one service, you should be able to move it to another.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Tim Cook, Satya Nadella, and Sundar Pichai sign a renewed commitment to the Paris Agreement and urge the US to stay in, joining 70+ CEOs and US labor leaders  —  The U.S. government may be in the process of formally withdrawing from the term of the Paris Agreement, an International accord …
James Politi / Financial Times:
US proposes tariffs on up to $2.4B of French goods after concluding that France's digital services tax unfairly discriminates against US tech companies  —  The Trump administration on Monday proposed the imposition of 100 per cent tariffs on up to $2.4bn of French goods, including champagne …
New York Times:
Facebook created a chatbot called “Liam Bot” that teaches employees official company talking points for responding to friends and family critiquing the company  —  The “Liam Bot” teaches employees what to say if friends or family ask difficult questions about the company over the holidays.
Charles Riley / CNN:
EU antitrust regulator launches preliminary investigations into how Google and Facebook gather, process, use, and monetize data for advertising purposes  —  London (CNN Business)Europe's top antitrust regulator is probing how Google and Facebook use data, putting the companies' huge advertising businesses in the spotlight once again.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Amazon previews Braket, a service to let AWS customers use D-Wave, IonQ, and Rigetti quantum computers, and debuts a Quantum Solutions Lab and research center  —  While Google, Microsoft, IBM and others have made a lot of noise around their quantum computing efforts in recent months, AWS remained quiet.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Filing: DHS proposes removing exemptions for US citizens and green card holders from going through facial recognition scans before arriving or departing the US  —  Homeland Security wants to expand facial recognition checks for travelers arriving and departing the U.S. to also include citizens …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
T-Mobile debuts 5G across the US in 600MHz spectrum, which travels further than mmWave but has lower max data speeds; Samsung, OnePlus debuting 5G phones Friday  —  Samsung and OnePlus phones will launch on Friday  —  T-Mobile has flipped the switch on its 5G network …
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