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YouTube rolls out a new homepage design with larger thumbnails and features like an "add to queue" option, a desktop version of "Don't recommend channel", more (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Apple's weather app stopped showing air quality index data for Chinese cities, source says due to Weather Channel changing how it collects that data in China (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)

LogRocket, which develops a platform to help companies quickly identify and fix website or app bugs, raises $15M Series B led by Battery Ventures (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)

OpenAI releases the full version of GPT-2 text generation AI, which it previously said was too dangerous to share, after finding "no strong evidence of misuse" (James Vincent/The Verge)

Filing: Uber says it "will likely" need to change its autonomous driving software or sign a deal with Waymo after an expert found Uber still uses Waymo tech (Paresh Dave/Reuters)

Reonomy, which aggregates 100 sources of commercial property intel into a database, raises $60M Series D and says it has 100,000 customers (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

AMD unveils two new Ryzen Threadripper CPUs in 24-core and 32-core versions, built using its 7nm "Zen 2" architecture, available Nov. 19 for $1,399 and $1,999 (Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNet)

If its Sprint merger goes through, T-Mobile says it will offer free 5G to first responders for a decade and free broadband to 10M households with children (Roger Cheng/CNET)

Ghost Locomotion emerges from stealth with $63.7M and says its self-driving kit will work with some cars made from 2012 onwards when it launches in 2020 (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Sources: Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund invested $400M in Travis Kalanick's CloudKitchens in January, valuing the "ghost kitchen" operator at about $5B (Wall Street Journal)

Microsoft starts shipping its $3,500 HoloLens 2 to preorder customers in the US, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and the UK (Adi Robertson/The Verge)

Wrench, an on-demand vehicle maintenance and repair service for consumers and fleets, raises $20M led by Vulcan Capital (Jonathan Shieber/TechCrunch)

Uber says it will allow passengers and drivers to record audio of their trips in Brazil and Mexico, in response to rising safety concerns in the region (Marcelo Rochabrun/Reuters)

Indian startup Rupeek Fintech goes to users' homes to pickup jewelry and heirlooms, enabling them to avoid the ignominy of being seen pawning family jewelry (Bloomberg)

Nightfall, which offers an AI-based platform to detect and prevent data leakage from cloud-based apps and services, comes out of stealth with $20.3M (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Photoshop for iPad has met with a lackluster reception and a review rating of 2.3 out of 5 stars, prompting Adobe exec to defend this first version (Nico Grant/Bloomberg)

Skeptics say the effectiveness of online advertising is overhyped since ad marketers optimize ever more for people who would have bought anyway (The Correspondent)

Immo Investment Technologies, which digitally sources, appraises, and acquires properties at scale on behalf of institutional investors, raises 11M Series A (Thomas Ohr/EU-Startups)

Sources: Google has been holding internal meetings on changing its political ad policy, and plans to share more information with employees soon (Emily Glazer/Wall Street Journal)

An investigation into I'm Shmacked, which exploited thousands of students by inducing them to provide viral videos of college parties to earn Instagram fame (Taylor Lorenz/New York Times)

In a wide-ranging interview, Reed Hastings says Netflix's spending on content will grow and defends cutting an episode of Hasan Minhaj's show in Saudi Arabia (Dade Hayes/Deadline)

Inside Microsoft's Threat Intelligence Center, where dozens of engineers and analysts track state-sponsored hacking groups, ~70 with names and many more without (Patrick Howell O'Neill/MIT Techn ...)

How Google changed in the aftermath of a walkout by 20K employees, which helped inspire a new wave of tech worker activism across the tech industry (Johana Bhuiyan/Los Angeles Times)

An inside account of Cloudflare's defeat of Blackbird's lawsuit by publishing "prior art" that could help others, and attacking the patent troll business model (Alex Krivit/The Cloudflare Blog)

Tumblr launches group chats feature in its app, says each chat can hold up to 100 members and all chats are publicly viewable (Tumblr Staff)

Court documents: Mark Zuckerberg and other executives repeatedly called messaging apps a threat to Facebook, in the months before acquiring WhatsApp (Wall Street Journal)

Google adds developer guides for Google Assistant to support smart bathtubs and faucets, such as those by Kohler and Delta (Kyle Bradshaw/9to5Google)

Google says it is open sourcing the phone-based VR software of Cardboard, less than a month after the company discontinued its Daydream View VR headset (Jay Peters/The Verge)

Chronosphere, founded by two ex-Uber engineers, raises $11M Series A for a scalable, cloud-native production monitoring tool able to handle Uber-level scale (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)

Qualcomm reports fiscal Q4 revenue of $4.8B, profits of ~$500M, beating estimates on strong income from licensing division which generated ~$1.16B in revenue (Kif Leswing/CNBC)

Avaaz: false stories on Facebook had 158M views in 2019, greater than before the 2016 election, with 86M views in the last 3 months, up 3x over the prior 3 (Chris O'Brien/VentureBeat)

Baidu reports Q3 revenue of ~$4B, beating analyst estimates, as its iQIYI video streaming service crosses 105.8M subscribers and its revenue grows 7% to ~$1.06B (Reuters)

Square reports Q3 revenue of $1.27B, up 44% YoY, as gross payment volume grows to $28.2B, up 25% YoY, and Cash App revenue more than doubles to $159M (C Nivedita/Reuters)

HP Inc. confirms it received an acquisition proposal from Xerox on Tuesday (Saheli Roy Choudhury/CNBC)

Fans at Blizzard's BlizzCon had seemingly moved on from the Hong Kong controversy, with few acknowledging the Blitzchung ban save for a dozen protestors outside (Mike Minotti/VentureBeat)

Source: Alphabet is probing execs, including Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, over inappropriate relationships, hiring an outside law firm (Jennifer Elias/CNBC)

Square says it processed $148M in Q3 bitcoin sales, up 244% YoY, for a profit of $2M, flat QoQ, and debuts new fee structure for Cash App bitcoin transactions (CoinDesk)

DOJ charges two ex-Twitter employees, arresting one, with spying for Saudi Arabia by snooping on kingdom critics; one allegedly accessed 6,000 accounts in 2015 (Washington Post)

Roku Q3: revenue of $260.9M vs. $257M est., up from $173.4M YoY, net losses up from $7.9M to $26.5M YoY; active accounts up 1.7M QoQ to 32.3M; stock down 13%+ (Janko Roettgers/Variety)

Court filing demanding subpoenaed docs reveals California has been probing Facebook's disclosure of user data to Cambridge Analytica and others for 18 months (Reuters)

Amazon Echo Studio review: loud, spacious sound with support for a wide array of streaming services, but 3D music is more of a demo and the unit is large (Dan Seifert/The Verge)

Google debuts App Defense Alliance, a partnership with ESET, Lookout, Zimperium to catch Android malware early by streamlining and boosting data sharing efforts (Lily Hay Newman/Wired)

Avaaz: false stories on Facebook had 158M views in 2019, greater than before the 2016 election, with 86M views in the last 3 months, up 3x over the prior 3 (Judd Legum/Popular Information)

Following the deaths of five people at a "party house", Airbnb unveils new safety policies: verifying 100% of listings, a 24/7 "neighbor hotline", and more (Lauren Feiner/CNBC)

Digits, a stealthy fintech startup from the founders of Crashlytics that describes itself as a "counting company", raises $10.5M Series A led by Benchmark (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Apple, Facebook, and Google have pledged a combined $4.5B to end California's housing crisis, but the money will do little to solve systemic issues (Conor Dougherty/New York Times)

WhatsApp begins rolling out an update that lets users block specific individuals from adding them to Groups (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Documents shed light on the US Army's Automated Biometric Information System, a database with 7.4M identities that underpins US military intelligence operations (Dave Gershgorn/OneZero)

Twitter announces Topics, which lets users follow 300+ subjects in their timeline, rolling out from Thursday; topics include sports and gaming but not politics (Casey Newton/The Verge)

In an attempt to curb gaming addiction, China releases new rules for gamers under 18, including a 90 minute daily limit and no gaming between 10PM and 8AM (New York Times)

Politics Headlines Today

Updated: 30 mins ago

Buhari urged to call Oshiomhole to order - Daily Trust

Gov's mandate can't be snatched 'Ibadan chiefs - The Sun

#NotThatBad: Failed roads stifling industrial growth of South-East - Punch

11, 660 Diabetic Cases In Niger ' State Govt - Daily Independent

13 killed in auto-crash on Lagos-Ibadan road - The Cable

13 States to Benefit from $250m World Bank Loan for Malaria Control - Thisday

18 Flaws of Nigeria's Elections Yesterday, Today: Attahiru Jega - PM News

2 days to guber, Senate approves N10b refund to Kogi - Peoples Daily

2 injured in Tejuosho Lagos fire ' LASEMA - Vanguard

2023 Presidency: Time for Buhari to prove he loves Igbo 'Anumaka - The Sun

246 children die of measles daily 'Expert - The Sun

27 killed in Pakistan Lightning strikes - Punch

4,000 Primary Health Centers revitalized in Nigeria ' NPHCDA - PM News

4,126 Passenger Luggage Lost, Delayed At Nigeria's Airports In September - Daily Independent

9 times Trump and the people around him have put national security at risk - Business Insider

95% of technology used in Nigeria imported NOTAP - Punch

A beginner's guide to impeachment and Trump - BBC

A eco-friendly solution to Hanoi's motorbike obsession - CNN

A GOP senator blocked a bill for universal background checks as the Santa Clarita high-school shooting was unfolding - Business Insider

A law professor weighs in on how Trump could beat impeachment - Business Insider

Abducted Appeal Court Judge regains freedom - PM News

Abia Govt Calls For Urgent Release Of Ecological Fund - Daily Independent

About 10 Nigerians Arrested In US For Romance Scams - Sahara Reporters

Access To Water, Entitlement Of Every Nigerian, Says Minister - Daily Independent

Acourt halts judgement disqualifying APC from Bayelsa guber poll - The Cable

Acourt judgment: Ibadan chiefs side with Makinde - Punch

Adequate Security Assured As GOtv Boxing Mini Holds Saturday - Daily Independent

Aduvie restates commitment to sports development - The Nation

Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers: Egypt held as Comoros win - BBC

Africa's top shots: 8-14 November 2019 - BBC

Again, APC Govs Demand NEC Meeting From Oshiomhole - Daily Independent

AIB Releases Three Preliminary Reports On Incidents Involving Air Peace In 2019 - Sahara Reporters

AIB to criminalise over-writing of CVR - Daily Times

Airtel Africa to Buy Additional Spectrum in Nigeria for $70m - Thisday

Aisha Buhari inaugurates Kogi Presidential Lodge - Daily Times

Alex Akinyele, Former Information Minister, is Dead - Thisday

Alibaba says the 'future of Hong Kong remains bright' as it kicks off share sale - CNN

All Set for Kogi election - The Nation

Alleged misappropriation: Emir Sanusi files fresh application. - Guardian

Amnesty Tasks FG on Human Rights During Bayelsa, Kogi Elections - Thisday

Anambra yearning for right leadership 'Ezeemo - The Sun

Andrew Yang and his loyal 'knights' of Silicon Valley - Business Insider

Andrew Yang is locking down way more supporters than other non-frontrunners in the 2020 Democratic race - Business Insider

Andrew Yang wants you to make money off your data by making it your personal property - Business Insider

Another suit challenges PDP candidate Wadas competence - The Nation

Anti-fake drug war must be won NAFDAC - Punch

Anti-Hate Speech Bill is evil and crime against humanity ' Biri - Vanguard

APC Crisis: Oshiomhole Refused To Hold NEC Meeting In 14 Months, Says Progressives Governors' Forum - Sahara Reporters

APC govs to Oshiomhole: Convene NEC meeting or resign - Peoples Daily

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