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Cam Bunton / Pocket-lint: Samsung Gear S3 review: durable, great battery life, sharp display, but slow raise to wake response, still the best watch for Android users  —  Samsung has been in the wearable game longer most other tech companies.  From its original Galaxy Gear through to now with its latest Gear S3 …

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Connie Loizos / TechCrunch: Survey of 700+ startup founders: 31% don't intend to IPO, 67% now say VCs have more negotiating power  —  First Round Capital just published its second-ever State of Startups report, and it's chock full of interesting sentiments from a survey of more than 700 founders …

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Vauhini Vara / Bloomberg: Facebook tests ad targeting for people streaming certain shows on Roku and Apple TVs, linking FB profiles with IP addresses  —  The social media company is working with A&E and a streaming startup to tailor more conventional commercials for viewers.  —  by  —  Subscribe Reprints

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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat: Intel and Amazon plan to work together on smart home initiatives, to release reference design and SDK for Intel-based, Alexa-powered smart speaker in Q1 2017  —  Intel and Amazon plan to work together on a series of smart home initiatives in the near future, the companies announced today …

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Kristina Cooke / Reuters: Facebook developing AI to flag nudity, violence, and other content violating its policies in Facebook Live streams  —  Facebook Inc (FB.O) is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content …

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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica: Avalanche, a 7-year-old network used for malware and phishing attacks, dismantled in global cyber operation; officials sinkhole 800K domains, seize 50 servers  —  At one point, Avalanche network was responsible for two-thirds of all phishing attacks.  —  [Update, 3:00 PM EDT …

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: iHeartRadio debuts All Access on-demand music service powered by Napster for $9.99/month, iHeartRadio Plus commercial-free radio service for $4.99/month  —  iHeartRadio launched its on-demand music service in beta Thursday, promising paying users unlimited streaming access to full albums and millions of songs.

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: Twitter acquires Yes Inc., hires ex-Google product director and Yes CEO Keith Coleman as VP of product; Yes apps to be shut down over next few weeks  —  Twitter has acquired the app maker Yes in a move designed to encourage its users to get better acquainted with each other around events.

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Lenovo's Moto says it doesn't plan on releasing a new smartwatch in the near future  —  Don't expect a new Moto 360 any time soon  —  Moto today confirmed that it will not be releasing a new smartwatch for the launch of Android Wear 2.0, due early next year.

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Julie Bort / Business Insider: Zenefits ordered to stop offering free insurance software in Washington state, will offer software for $5 per user per month instead  —  It's been two steps forward and one step back for troubled startup Zenefits and its legal problems after it admitted earlier this year …

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Bloomberg: Sources: Saudi Arabia hit by series of state-sponsored cyberattacks against government agencies; digital evidence suggests attacks emanated from Iran  —  @MichaelRileyDC More stories by Michael Riley  —  Multiple attacks emanated from Iran, digital evidence suggests

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Amazon debuts AWS Shield, its Cloudflare competitor, to protect against DDoS attacks, and offers two tiers; basic version will be on by default  —  A little more than a month after a massive online assault took down Reddit, Netflix, Twitter and other major online properties …

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch: Amazon debuts AWS X-Ray, which helps developers debug distributed code by showing a graph of processes to identify bottlenecks and see performance of functions  —  Amazon today is rolling out a tool to help developers dive deep into their existing applications to diagnose each element …

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Brian Heater / TechCrunch: HMD Global completes 10-year deal with Nokia to bring Nokia-branded devices to market; HMD says new smartphones are coming in the first half of 2017  —  It's been a rough decade or so for Nokia's smartphone business.  In 2011, then-CEO Stephen Elop famously described the company's situation as a …

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: AngelList has acquired Product Hunt; sources say the deal is worth around $20M  —  Product Hunt will continue to operate as a standalone site.  —  AngelList, the company that helps investors find startups to invest in, has acquired Product Hunt, the company that lets people share and discover new products posted by other users.

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Amazon Prime gets HBO and Cinemax subscriptions for $15 and $10 per month  —  The great cord-cutting revolution continues today with the news that HBO and Cinemax are now available to Amazon Prime subscribers for $14.99 and $9.99 per month respectively.  —  The news comes almost a year …

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Eric Ravenscraft / Lifehacker: Plex Media Player, previously subscriber-only, now available for all users, and support for Kodi, a home theater app, added for Plex Pass subscribers  —  Plex and Kodi are two of our favorite home theater apps, and now you can get both of them together.  Plex just announced its new Kodi add …

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Osterhout Design Group raises $58 million for augmented reality smartglasses  —  The Osterhout Design Group has raised $58 million to develop new generations of mobile augmented reality and virtual reality smartglasses.  —  That's a big round for the seasoned company, and it shows that the race …

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Bloomberg: Sources: Apple plans to use drones, add new indoor navigation features to improve Maps; it acquired startup Indoor.io last year to help build its indoor mapping  —  @AlanLevin1 More stories by Alan Levin  —  Company gets FAA approval to use drones for data collection

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Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo: Some high-ranking Reddit moderators say they're losing hope in the site's future as users from the pro-Trump subreddit harass others, inflate vote counts, more  —  For the past 11 years, an eternity in internet time, Reddit has touted itself—repeatedly, and loudly—as the place to have “authentic conversations” online.

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TechCrunch: Source: Fitbit to buy Pebble for around $34-$40M, close down its products over time; Pebble refused Citizen's $740M offer in 2015 and Intel's $70M offer in 2016  —  It looks consolidation is acoming to the wearables space with Fitbit set to acquire smartwatch maker and multi-million-dollar …

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Hugh McIntyre / Forbes: Spotify unveils Singles, a new weekly series featuring exclusive recordings, replaces Sessions with Live  —  Throughout the year, Spotify has seemingly focused its vast resources on several areas: playlists, acquisitions, and original content.  The latter of the three has only been a topic …

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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: Pure Storage beats Q3 target with revenue of $197M, up 50% YoY; shares up 2.5% after hours  —  Data storage equipment vendor Pure Storage (PSTG) this afternoon reported fiscal Q3 revenue and profit that topped analysts' expectations, and forecast this quarter's revenue above consensus.

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Reed Albergotti / The Information: Sources: Fitbit to buy Pebble for “small amount”  —  Fitbit, the leader in the fitness band market, is near a deal to acquire smartwatch maker Pebble, according to three people briefed on the deal.  —  The price couldn't be learned but it is thought to be for a small amount.

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Megan Geuss / Ars Technica: Geohot's startup Comma.ai open sources its self-driving software, Open Pilot, and its plans for compatible hardware, Comma Neo  —  Highway safety regulators called, so Hotz opted to offer a product with less liability.  —  In Silicon Valley, hacker George Hotz gained fast fame after being the first to unlock an iPhone.

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