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December 3, 2019, 1:35 PM

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Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
A group of four former Google employees who say they were fired for organizing are filing unfair labor practice charges against the company  —  Three of the four former Google engineers who were recently fired from the company and alleging Google retaliated against them for workplace organizing.
New York Times:
Chinese officials are gathering blood samples from Uighurs in a mass DNA collection effort for use by scientists researching using DNA to map facial images  —  Beijing's pursuit of control over a Muslim ethnic group pushes the rules of science and raises questions about consent.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google adds a chat feature to Google Photos, rolling out over the next week to iOS, Android, and the web  —  An argument could be made that Google has over-indulged in its creation of way too many messaging apps in years past.  But today's launch of a new messaging service …
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 …
TechCrunch:
Adobe: US Cyber Monday sales totaled $9.2B, up 16.5% YoY, shopping via smartphones accounted for a record $3B+, driving 54% of all site visits, up 19% YoY  —  Cyber Monday — the final day of the extended Thanksgiving weekend that traditionally kicks off holiday season spend …
Jeremy Bogaisky / Forbes:
Inside the struggles of Larry Page-backed flying car company Kitty Hawk as sources suggest it may have ceded control of its self-flying taxi program to Boeing  —  Deputy editor for Industry; eyes on the skies  —  In 2017, success seemed to be just around the corner for Kitty Hawk …
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Twitter updates global privacy policy to comply with CCPA, will move non-EU/US accounts to US to reduce GDPR risks, launches Privacy Center site to inform users  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc is updating its global privacy policy to give users more information …
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.
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 …
Tova Cohen / Reuters:
Gong, which uses AI to provide insights on customer behavior and improve sales, raises $65M led by Sequoia Capital, bringing its total raised to $134M  —  TEL AVIV (Reuters) - U.S.-Israeli startup Gong said on Tuesday it has raised $65 million in a funding round led by Sequoia Capital, bringing its total raised to $134 million.
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Sean Captain / Fast Company:
Portland, Oregon proposes a ban of both businesses' and city government's use of facial recognition tech, which would make it the most restrictive ban in the US  —  As the federal government plods along on developing privacy laws, some cities are taking matters into their own hands …
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
London-based Hastee, which lets employees access up to 50% of earned pay at any point in the month, raises $20M in equity led by Umbra Capital and $250M in debt  —  Hastee, a London-based on-demand wages app, announced this morning it has secured about $270 million in equity and debt financing.

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