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Updated: 5 hours ago

Facebook releases its second content moderation report: from April to September, 1.5B fake accounts were closed and 5.4M instances of hate speech were removed (Salvador Rodriguez/CNBC)

Pitchbook: London saw a 43% rise in AI investment from 2017-2018, Paris saw a 33% rise, Berlin saw a 19% rise; investment fell in Beijing, Bangalore, Tel Aviv (Chloe Taylor/CNBC)

FCC gives SpaceX permission to deploy over 7,000 Starlink internet satellites, as part of a full network of 12,000 (Brian Fung/Washington Post)

Germany says it will invest 3B over six years to improve its AI capabilities and create 100 university chairs focused on the topic (Tobias Buck/Financial Times)

Raspberry Pi Foundation announces $25 Pi 3 Model A+, with a quad-core 1.4GHz CPU but less RAM and USB ports than the $35 Model B+ (Jacob Kastrenakes/The Verge)

Microsoft Surface Studio 2 review: stunning screen and a decent update to the Studio's internals, except for an outdated CPU and no Thunderbolt 3 (Lauren Goode/Wired)

Lyft will make default tipping widely available in 2019 and will give drivers default five-star ratings from December if users don't give a rating (Jon Fingas/Engadget)

Instagram adds new shopping features: redesigned business profiles, shop items from video posts, and save items to a shopping collecting (Ashley Carman/The Verge)

Discord launches Discord Early Access, giving its users access to unfinished games and the ability to give feedback to game studios (Jeff Grubb/VentureBeat)

Robotic process automation startup Automation Anywhere raises $300M from Softbank's Vision Fund at a $2.6B valuation, says it now has 1,500 enterprise customers (Wall Street Journal)

Amazon Go competitor Standard Cognition raises $40M Series A led by Initialized Capital to expand its cashierless store solution (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Microsoft Surface Headphones review: stylish look, great wireless performance, and excellent noise canceling, but battery life and sound need improvement (Vlad Savov/The Verge)

Twitter's Explore tab starts sorting stories into topic-based sections, such as News, Sports, Fun, and Entertainment, in the US for iOS (Mariella Moon/Engadget)

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Airtable, which makes a coding platform for non-techies, raises $100M at a $1.1B valuation, led by Benchmark, Thrive Capital, and Coatue Management (Steven Bertoni/Forbes)

Hackers breach iPhone X, Galaxy S9, and Xiaomi Mi6 and earn $325K for exposing 18 exploits at the Pwn2Own Tokyo 2018 contest (Tom Spring/Threatpost)

Alphabet to close its Schaft robotics unit and dissolve the project later this year, after seeking other options when deal to sell it to SoftBank collapsed (Nikkei)

Facebook responds to the NYT expos, lists "number of inaccuracies" in the story, and denies it knew about Russian activity as early as spring of 2016 (Facebook)

Apple, Alphabet, Cisco, Microsoft, and Oracle spent $115B+ in the first 3 quarters on share buybacks after tax reforms, nearly double what they spent last year (Financial Times)

How a DARPA program is developing recovery tools that aim to restore power to an electric grid after a cyberattack (Lily Hay Newman/Wired)

Google Maps is being overburdened with so many features and design changes that it is becoming difficult to just get directions in the app (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

Source: Facebook has ended its relationship with Definers Public Affairs, the consulting firm which cast George Soros as a force behind Facebook's critics (New York Times)

Google adds business messaging to Google Maps for iOS and Android, helps keep track of conversations with local businesses (The Keyword)

The Google Store has updated the Pixel Slate order page with shipping information estimating early December availability in the US (Abner Li/9to5Google)

One reason for Facebook's aggressive PR against competitors was to manage declining morale, and retain employees who would otherwise jump ship (Casey Newton/The Interface)

LinkedIn says it expects $2B in revenue from its media business, driven mostly by ad revenue, by the end of the fiscal year (Sara Fischer/Axios)

Cortana's mobile redesign, in beta last month, is out now for iOS, adding conversational experiences, the ability to play music and podcasts, and more (Jon Porter/The Verge)

Instagram rolls out activity dashboard that shows users how much time they have spent in the app with time limiting tools and the option to mute notifications (Dami Lee/The Verge)

Cisco beats with Q1 revenues of $13.07B, up 8% YoY, vs. $12.87B est., revenues of $7.64B for its Infrastructure Platforms business, up 9% YoY, vs. $7.4B est. (Jordan Novet/CNBC)

Facebook launches Unsend for Messenger, letting users delete messages within 10 minutes of posting, in Poland, Bolivia, Colombia, Lithuania; global rollout soon (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

Uber reports Q3 net loss of $939M, up 32% QoQ, as revenue rose 38% YoY to $2.95B; gross bookings rose to $12.7B; Eats had gross bookings of $2.1B, up 150% YoY (Megan Rose Dickey/TechCrunch)

Top Facebook execs obscured privacy, misinformation and privacy crises, hired PR to deflect attention, lobbied in DC to limit oversight (New York Times)

Source: Instacart raised an additional $271M in November, on top of its $600M round in October, from Tiger Global Management and others (Uday Sampath Kumar/Reuters)

Microsoft releases 2018 diversity figures: 28% of its workforce is female, up 1% YoY; 19.9% of technical roles are held by women and 19.7% of leadership roles (Nat Levy/GeekWire)

Mozilla publishes a privacy and security guide for 70 popular connected devices, including drones, wearables, and more, ahead of the holiday season (Devin Coldewey/TechCrunch)

Sources detail Palantir's frustration with Morgan Stanley's mutual funds, which have repeatedly lowered the valuation of their ~$3M stake, ahead of expected IPO (Bloomberg)

Tencent-backed online Chinese travel company Tongcheng-eLong launches smaller-than-expected IPO that aims to raise around $233M, down from earlier $1B estimates (Reuters)

US GAO dismisses Oracle's argument that the Pentagon's $10B cloud contract violated federal standards and unfairly favored Amazon (Bloomberg)

Maryland-based Dragos, which helps secure industrial control systems, raises $37M Series B led by Canaan Partners (Robert Hackett/Fortune)

Google Assistant adds Routines integration into clock app, ability to reply to intercom-style Broadcasts, and a command to put devices into Do Not Disturb mode (Rose Behar/Android Police)

Google begins rolling out an updated Google My Business app on iOS and Android, letting companies create content for their profile and view customer info (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Facebook says users have now raised over $1B for nonprofit and personal causes and expands fundraising tools to Canada and Australia (Naomi Gleit/Facebook)

Amazon has spawned very few successful startups in Seattle, for a variety of reasons, suggesting it is unlikely to do so in New York or Virginia (Dan Primack/Axios)

Bitcoin dropped to $5,650, its lowest level in over a year, as other major cryptocurrencies fell 10%+; total crypto market has dropped by $15B in 24 hours (Kate Rooney/CNBC)

Google releases Night Sight, a software update that dramatically improves low-light photos, to Pixel users (Vlad Savov/The Verge)

Investigation shows how ZTE helped Venezuela's government build a system, used by as many as 18M, similar to China's national identity card program (Angus Berwick/Reuters)

Google Chrome Lab releases Squoosh, an open source web app that can compress and reformat images to create lighter web pages (Liam Tung/ZDNet)

AmazonBasics Microwave review: looks and works pretty much like a regular microwave, with some Alexa integration via Echo, and is good value at $60 (Nicole Nguyen/BuzzFeed News)

ServiceTitan, which builds a software platform for home services businesses, raises $165M Series D, at a $1.65B valuation, led by Index Ventures (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Amazon Fire TV Recast review: seamless integration with Fire TV and Alexa, reliable streaming, but is limited to two concurrent streams, doesn't include antenna (Chris Welch/The Verge)

UiPath, which develops AI-based bots that automate mundane enterprise tasks, says its total Series C was $265M, up from $225M in September (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

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2019 elections: Mimiko drops presidential ambition for senate seat - Kemi Filani

2019 elections: We have no preferred candidates, says OPC - Pulse

2019 General Elections: Senate Committee visits INEC in Lagos - Pulse

2019: INEC uncovers 1,224 dead persons in Adamawa register - Pulse

2019: Nigerians Are Frustrated, Getting To Their Breaking Point - Rapper, Falz - Tori

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3 reasons why fit people have much better sex - Pulse

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3 sleep positions that lead to sex - Pulse

34 churches shut down in Angola for operating illegally - Lailas Blog

5 personal details you should never mention during a job interview - Pulse

5 things to know about Super Eagles returnee Victor Osimhen - Pulse

5 things you should never buy in traffic - Pulse

5 top online book sellers in Nigeria - Pulse

5 ways Nigerian students can maximize ASUU strike - Information Nigeria

5 ways to know your job interview invite is fake - Pulse

50-year-old man arrested for allegedly raping autistic girl in Ondo - Linda Ikeji

7 amazing benefits and uses for aloe vera - Pulse

7 law-abiding citizens went undercover for 2 months at an Arizona jail ' and learned the disturbing reality of life behind bars - Business Insider

7 Things Students Can Do During The ASUU Strike - Tori

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8 Nigerians make 2019 `Forbes 30 under 30 list - Linda Ikeji

9-month-old baby dies after alleged rape by caretaker's husband - Information Nigeria

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About 100 Buhari Campaign Buses Spotted In Lagos (Photos) - Tori

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