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Gmail on Android and iOS to gain support for dynamic email starting on Nov. 21, letting users take actions, like purchasing products, directly within a message (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Apple removed the "Ratings & Reviews" section from all product pages on its website over the weekend (Amber Neely/AppleInsider)

Google increases rewards for Titan M secure element exploits on Pixels to $1.5M and to $750K for other exploits; Android hack rewards used to top out at $200K (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)

Susan Wojcicki says YouTube is working to bring ads to edgier content and its new gaming policy will have fewer restrictions for violence in gaming (Julia Alexander/The Verge)

Facebook brings Stories to Facebook Dating, letting users add their Facebook or Instagram Stories to dating profiles (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Sources: Facebook is considering making changes to political ads policy, including increasing the number of users who can be targeted from 100 to a few thousand (Emily Glazer/Wall Street Journal)

Apple MacBook Pro 16" review: best speakers on a laptop with a good keyboard and improved battery life, but it's heavy and macOS Catalina is still buggy (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

Juniper Square, which operates a platform for commercial real estate investment firms, raises $75M Series C led by Redpoint Management (Gwen Everett/Bloomberg)

Twitter rolls out its "Hide Replies" feature to all users globally (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Robotic process automation startup Automation Anywhere raises $290M Series B at a valuation of $6.8B, now has 3,500+ enterprise clients in 90+ countries (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

WeWork says it is laying off around 2,400 employees globally (Annie Palmer/CNBC)

A look at Google's work with US military, as senior military officials worry about parts of Google's employee base approaching a state of open rebellion (Bloomberg)

Amazon unveils Dash Smart Shelf, a WiFi-enabled scale for businesses that can automatically reorder office supplies when they run low (Nat Levy/GeekWire)

N3twork, maker of the popular mobile game Legendary, raises $40M for its games publishing platform that helps mobile games gain traction (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)

Route, which tracks all e-commerce orders in one app, raises $12M through a $500K pre-seed round in January and new $11.5K seed round from Album VC and Pattern (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

Sources: Apple is overhauling how it tests software,making daily builds disable unfinished features by default, after a swarm of bugs marred the iOS 13 debut (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)

Alphabet's Loon signs deal with Telefonica to provide internet to remote parts of the Amazon (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)

Ad measurement firm Integral Ad Science has acquired European ad tech firm ADmantX, which provides info on context and content of articles on which ads run (Sahil Patel/Wall Street Journal)

Celonis, which providers an AI-powered data and process mining platform, raises $290M Series C led by Arena Holdings (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Amnesty International says Facebook and Google's omnipresent surveillance is inherently incompatible with the right to privacy and is a danger to human rights (Amnesty International)

Binance acquires Mumbai-based bitcoin exchange WazirX, sources say at ~$5M-$10M; Indian crypto exchanges have struggled due to the lack of regulatory clarity (Sanghamitra Kar/The Economic Times)

Stream Remote Play Together comes out of beta, lets users play local multiplayer PC games over the internet with other gamers across desktop, iOS, and Android (Jay Peters/The Verge)

Google Duplex launches on the web as Google Assistant in Chrome, lets users buy movie tickets from 70+ cinemas and ticketing services in the US (Abner Li/9to5Google)

Tim Cook and Apple did not correct Trump after he took credit for opening a Texas manufacturing plant that has been in operation since 2013 (Jack Nicas/New York Times)

How outdoor ad networks like Five Tier let clients plan and target billboard ads based on mobile phone data about passersby such as gender, age, race, and more (Thomas Germain/Consumer Reports)

Blind users on Facebook say they are frustrated that the platform is consistently buggy for them, and the company isn't doing enough to fix accessibility gaps (April Glaser/Slate)

Guilherme Rambo, who has published scoops about unreleased Apple products by examining beta software, says Apple locked his dev account with no stated reason (Buster Hein/Cult of Mac)

Apple tells Congress it is losing money on its device repair services, but critics say that Apple is being deliberately vague and may be misleading public (Matthew Gault/VICE)

President Donald Trump hosted an undisclosed dinner with Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel at the White House in October, Facebook confirmed on Wednesday (NBC News)

Google's limits on microtargeting of political ads for state and federal candidates shakes up ad plans and frustrates both Democrats and Republicans (New York Times)

Vouch Insurance, which offers startups insurance policies that start at $200/year, expands to CA, announces $45M Series B, after raising $24M Series A in Sept (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Canaan, the China-based maker of Bitcoin mining machines, prices its US IPO at the bottom of the range at $9 per share, raising $90M (Crystal Tse/Bloomberg)

Uber plans to test letting riders and drivers in the US record audio of their trips "soon", as a similar pilot program debuts next month in Brazil and Mexico (Faiz Siddiqui/Washington Post)

Uber has been testing video recording of some trips in Texas, Florida, and Tennessee since July; riders, drivers can send video to Uber after safety incidents (Kate Conger/New York Times)

Google announces new political ad rules, limits microtargeting to age, gender, and general location categories, will start enforcing them in UK within a week (Scott Spencer/The Keyword)

WhatsApp says it has banned more than 400,000 accounts between August 15 and October 28, 2018, during Brazil's general election (Angelica Mari/ZDNet)

After converting to a for-profit status, Samasource raises $14.8M Series A for its AI data annotation service used by companies like Google and Walmart (Jake Bright/TechCrunch)

Sonos has acquired voice assistant startup Snips for $37M, says it has sold 6.1M speakers in 2019, reports fiscal Q4 revenue of $294.2M, up 8% YoY (Janko Roettgers/Variety)

PayPal to acquire Honey, a comparison shopping and rewards platform that has 17M MAUs, for ~$4B (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Google has hired IRI Consultants, an anti-union consulting company, signaling the feud between some activist employees and management has escalated (New York Times)

A profile of Baidu Bake, an encyclopedia with 16 times more Chinese entries than Wikipedia, written by 6.9M+ users comprising about 340 core contributors (Jane Zhang/South China Morning Post)

On-demand transcription service Rev faces backlash from its contractors after cutting their take to 30 cents for each dollar spent on some jobs, from 45 cents (Nathaniel Popper/New York Times)

The US says it has begun processing businesses' applications for licenses to sell tech to Huawei, approving those that do not pose national security risks (Washington Post)

Q&A with Intel SVP and Chief Architect Raja Koduri on upcoming chips, the company's Xe architecture, and an all-encompassing SDK for Intel's stack called oneAPI (Dr. Ian Cutress/AnandTech)

Apple launches $129 Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, now with a physical button that launches the camera app (Juli Clover/MacRumors)

Uber says user data requests in 2019 from the US and Canada rose 27% YoY, with 3,825 US requests for 21,913 user accounts; Uber shared data 72% of the time (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)

Google launches Google Earth tools that let users create and present virtual tours, with attached text, images, and videos, for specific places (Jay Peters/The Verge)

Apple launches Apple Music for Business, letting businesses play music in retail locations with Apple providing human-curated playlists and recommendations (Benjamin Mayo/9to5Mac)

Starburst, which is seeking to modernize data analytics with the open source Presto distributed query engine, raises $22M led by Index Ventures (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

Anonymous users on Reddit, Patreon, and other websites are making, selling, and getting off to custom 3D likenesses of celebrities and other real people (VICE)




Politics Headlines Today
[Thu-21-Nov-2019]

Updated: 7 hours ago

3,557 benefit from micro projects - The Sun

#FreeOlamide: Nigerians demand release of surveyors arrested by LASG - PM News

#JusticeForMrsAbuh: Nigerians demand justice for slain PDP women leader in Kogi - Tribune

$11.5m scam: Invictus Obi finally forfeits N280.5 million - PM News

$11m Cyber Fraud: Court Forfeits Invictus Obi's N280m - Vanguard

$11m cyber fraud: Invictus Obi forfeits N280m to FG - Punch

$1m Scam From Kirikiri: CG Correctional Service Orders Probe - Daily Independent

$9.6bn P&ID claim: FG slams additional charges against British national - Tribune

"Criminals Have Hijacked Nigeria" - 2Baba Idibia - Guardian

10 Mexicans sue Walmart in El paso - PM News

10 most famous paintings in the world - CNN

10-Year-Old Girl Dies After Snake Bites Her In School Classroom - Daily Independent

10m girls to benefit from int'l educational programme - Blueprint

11 things you probably didnt know about Davido - The Nation

112 Killed In Bauchi Road Accidents In Six Months ' FRSC - Daily Independent

12 Dead In The Northern Afghan Province - Daily Independent

120 SMEs for Lagos MegaCity Fair ' Organiser - PM News

13,423 Nigerian students contributed $514m to U.S. economy in 2018 ' Report - Vanguard

145 graves discovered at Florida high school - CNN

17 years after, Reps probe CBN, NDIC over closure of Savannah bank - Vanguard

18 jihadists killed by Burkina Faso police - Punch

18 times Trump has criticized Fox News - Business Insider

2 employees docked over alleged N1.4m theft - Vanguard

2 killed In Massive Israeli Missile Attack on Damascus - Daily Independent

2 years anniversary: Enugu govt immortalises ex-vice president Ekwueme - Tribune

2019 budget: Reps ask NDDC to suspend all payments, summon Akpabio - Peoples Daily

2019 World Childrens Day: Nigerian children require support to fulfill dreams, says UNICEF - Daily Times

2020 Democratic candidates debate in Atlanta - CNN

2020 Democratic candidates debate in Atlanta - CNN

2023: Igbo asked to negotiate political power with other geopolitical zones - Blueprint

2023: Isikwuato stakeholders pushes for governorship - The Sun

2023: Opposition members not safe anymore 'PDP senators cry out - The Sun

29 persons with HIV died during Abalakas treatment Govt - Punch

36 states assembly speakers push for executive order on legislative autonomy - The Nation

47% Nigerian workers to flee workplaces in next 6 months ' Survey report - Vanguard

54 persons die in Ogun auto crashes in 10 months ' FRSC - PM News

66 SEC, 41 participants complete research in NIPSS, to submit report to Buhari - Vanguard

7 tips you need to stay safe in Lagos traffic - Punch

820 buses: Court to hear Ambodes suit against Lagos lawmakers in January - The Cable

A massive dust storm has turned an Australian city red - CNN

A Pentagon official unexpectedly blew up Trump's defense in the Ukraine scandal and Gordon Sondland threw everyone under the bus. Here are the biggest takeaways from Wednesday's impeachment hearings. - Business Insider

A Short Peep In To Jose Mourinho's Fashion Style - Guardian

A third of tropical African plants face extinction - BBC

A visit to General Akinrinade, civil war hero, in his home town - PM News

A'Ibom Govt Suspends 71 Secondary School Students Over Riot, Destruction Of Property - Daily Independent

AbdulRazaq urged to pay salary arrears - The Nation

Abubakar Vows To Sue Bala Mohammed For Defamation - Daily Independent

AC Milan offer Ibrahimovic six-month deal - Guardian

AC Milan offer Ibrahimovic six-month deal - Punch

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