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February 15, 2020, 8:20 AM

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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.
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.
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Target's Shipt delivery app workers describe a culture of retaliation and fear, say its algorithm pushes them to buy gifts for customers to boost their ratings  —  In late October, Ashley Johnson, a single mom and seasoned gig worker in a quiet Seattle suburb, tweeted about the decline …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Google says it saw a 98% drop in the number of Play Store apps accessing SMS/call log data in 2019 since cracking down on apps abusing permissions in Oct. 2018  —  Google has been clamping down on Android apps that abuse permissions, and that appears to have had a very tangible effect on the Play Store.
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 …
Nick Keppler / VICE:
Increasingly automated job screening systems are forcing job seekers to adopt time-consuming tasks to be noticed, like writing application-specific resumes  —  Jeffrey Johnson was on one continuous job search, more or less, for 12 years.  —  After the recession shuttered the textbook publisher …

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