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Taylor Swift left the only record label she's ever known on Monday, choosing to leave Big Machine sign a mega-deal with Universal Music Group. In an Instagram post, Swift said that UMG had agreed to distribute any proceeds from future sales of its shares in Spotify to artists, on a non-recoupable basis.

Here's the weird thing: I can't find any information on UMG's current shareholding in Spotify. We know it was a holder for years, but it doesn't turn up in the list of hundreds of active shareholders in either S&P Capital IQ or FactSet. Nor was UMG mentioned in Spotify's IPO docs, outside of some licensing agreements.

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Parties trade election influence accusations at Big Tech hearing

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A Senate hearing Wednesday with Big Tech CEOs became the backdrop for Democrats and Republicans to swap accusations of inappropriate electioneering.

Why it matters: Once staid tech policy debates are quickly becoming a major focal point of American culture and political wars, as both parties fret about the impact of massive social networks being the new public square.

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Germany goes back into lockdown

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will enact one of Europe's strictest coronavirus lockdowns since spring, closing bars and restaurants nationwide for most of November, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Germany is the latest European country to reimpose some form of lockdown measures amid a surge in cases across the continent.

How overhyping became an election meddling tool

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As online platforms and intelligence officials get more sophisticated about detecting and stamping out election meddling campaigns, bad actors are increasingly seeing the appeal of instead exaggerating their own interference capabilities to shake Americans' confidence in democracy.

Why it matters: It doesn't take a sophisticated operation to sow seeds of doubt in an already fractious and factionalized U.S. Russia proved that in 2016, and fresh schemes aimed at the 2020 election may already be proving it anew.

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