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February 14, 2020, 10:35 PM

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Kerry Flynn / CNN:
HQ Trivia, the company behind the once popular live mobile trivia game, is shutting down  —  New York (CNN Business)It's over for HQ Trivia.  —  The company behind the once popular live mobile trivia game is shutting down, CNN Business has learned.  HQ will part ways with 25 full-time employees.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Facebook to allow influencers to produce sponsored content for US politicians and political campaigns, if the posts are clearly identified as paid partnerships  —  Bloomberg's bad memes might just be the beginning  —  Facebook will allow influencers to produce sponsored content …
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
Source: Apple is not happy with the QTM 525 mm-wave antenna module Qualcomm is offering for this year's 5G iPhones and is trying to design its own antenna  —  In a year where the 5G radio will be the new iPhone's spotlight feature, Apple has decided to design the phone's antenna itself.
Takashi Mochizuki / Bloomberg:
Sources: Sony PlayStation 5's manufacturing costs may be around $450 per unit due to scarce components  —  - May wait for Microsoft's Xbox group to make first pricing move  — New PlayStation VR headset also planned after PS5 launch  —  Scarce components have pushed the manufacturing costs …
Bloomberg:
Gerard Williams III, the former Apple exec sued by the company for allegedly poaching employees for his startup Nuvia, claims Apple is poaching his employees  —  A former Apple Inc. chip executive sued by the iPhone maker for allegedly forming a startup while at Apple and illegally poaching employees accuses …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Behind Signal's push to go mainstream by adding features like iPad support, ephemeral images and video, downloadable customizable stickers, and emoji reactions  —  The encryption app is putting a $50 million infusion from WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton to good use, building out features to help it go mainstream.
Matt Drange / Protocol:
Gun sales continue on Facebook and Instagram after 2016 ban as sellers keep finding workarounds that evade Facebook's algorithm  —  Basic workarounds remain popular, underscoring larger challenges for the company.  —  In early 2016, Facebook took a political stand unlike any it had before …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Nonprofits say Facebook's donation tools let them reach big audiences with minimal effort, but give them “virtually useless” data on actual donors  —  - Groups weigh donor relations versus network's broad reach  — Company's fundraising products have generated $3 billion

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