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Nilay Patel / The Verge: Apple TV 4K review: easy-to-use interface, lots of apps, cheaper 4K movies, but HDR makes some HD videos look bad, no YouTube 4K HDR support, and it's expensive  —  Almost all of the lights  —  It doesn't light up all of the lights.  —  Listeners of The Vergecast know that I've …

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Jonathan Keane / Tech.eu: Swedish podcast platform Acast raises $19.5M Series B, bringing its total funding to $32M, to expand further into international markets  —  Podcast platform Acast, based in Stockholm, has raised $19.5 million in a Series B round from Swedbank Robur's Ny Teknik and Microcap funds to continue its internationalisation.

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Google is buying part of HTC's smartphone team for $1.1 billion  —  About 2,000 HTC staffers to join Google  —  Google is making another big buy into smartphone hardware — or at least the people responsible for creating it.  The company has just confirmed that it plans to acquire part of HTC's mobile division team for $1.1 billion.

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Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times: About 2000 HTC staffers to join Google as part of the deal; HTC to continue making its own smartphones, including a new flagship model  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google announced late Wednesday night that it is spending $1.1 billion to hire a team of engineers from the smartphone business …

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Carolina Millan / Bloomberg: Tiger Global-backed Argentine online travel company Despegar closes at $31.78, up ~22% on its first day of trading on NYSE, after raising $332M in an IPO  —  Company raises $332 million as IPO momentum starts to build  —  Online travel company Despegar.com Corp. met its goal of raising $332 million …

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Eric Beech / Reuters: SEC says hackers may have profited by trading with insider information stolen from its database; the breach took place in 2016 but was discovered last month  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the country's top markets regulator …

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Issie Lapowsky / Wired: Twitter will meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election next Wednesday  —  TWITTER HAS CONFIRMED it will meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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PR Newswire: Google to pay $1.1B to HTC in exchange for non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property, and staff working on Pixel smartphones  —  Certain HTC Employees - Many of Whom Worked on Pixel Smartphones - to Join Google  —  Google Receives HTC IP through Non-Exclusive Licensing Agreement

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Rick Osterloh / The Keyword: Google signs agreement with HTC that includes HTC talent and non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property  —  About a year and a half ago, I joined Google to pursue my dream job to create compelling hardware products, built with Google's smarts at their core.

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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat: HubSpot acquires chatbot building platform Motion.ai, will incorporate tech into HubSpot platform over next few months  —  Marketing and sales company HubSpot today announced it has acquired bot creation platform Motion.ai.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi aren't fully disabled when toggled off in Control Center on iOS 11, will still work for AirDrop, AirPlay, Pencil, Watch, GPS, and Continuity  —  Apple has confirmed that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are not fully disabled when toggled off in Control Center on iOS 11.

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Amie Tsang / New York Times: Amazon says it's reviewing its website after its algorithms suggested bomb-making ingredients in “Frequently bought together” section  —  LONDON — Amazon said on Wednesday that it was reviewing its website after a British television report said the online retail giant's algorithms …

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Danny Palmer / ZDNet: FedEx reports June's NotPetya cyber-attack cost its TNT Express division around $300M  —  Falling victim to global ransomware attack “posed significant operational challenges”, the company says in its latest financial report.  —  Falling victim to the Petya cyber attack cost FedEx around $300m during …

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Will Oremus / Slate: Blaming algorithms obscures the true source of Facebook's ad problem: the structure of the company's ad business and the decision-making of those who run it  —  Facebook's ad network lent itself to abuse by Russian hackers and racists.  The problem has nothing to do with algorithms.

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Alexandria Sage / Reuters: Waymo is seeking about $2.6B from Uber for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in its lawsuit against the company, according to an Uber lawyer  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Waymo unit is seeking about $2.6 billion from Uber for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets …

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Jordan Novet / CNBC: Source: Tesla working with AMD to develop its own AI chip for self-driving functionality in its cars, has 50+ people on project including chip star Jim Keller  —  - Tesla is working with AMD to refine its new chip, which will likely reduce its reliance on Nvidia.

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Jessica Conditt / Engadget: Microsoft rolls out Minecraft's “Better Together” cross-platform play update for mobile, VR, XBox, and Windows 10, says it will come to Switch later this year  —  The Better Together update brings the biggest set of changes to hit Minecraft in years, expanding the Community Marketplace …

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Sheryl Sandberg: Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook will strengthen enforcement of ad targeting policies, add more human oversight, and urge users to report potential abuses directly  —  Last week we temporarily disabled some of our ads tools following news reports that slurs or other offensive language could be used as targeting criteria for advertising.

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Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat: Steam introduces histogram to user reviews section to help users identify “review bombing”, where large number of users flood games' pages with negative reviews  —  The customer review is a relatively young form of criticism, but consumers have already unlocked some of its creative power …

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Dani Deahl / The Verge: Equifax customer service, tweeting from @Equifax, accidentally directed customers to a critic's phishing site for over a week in at least three Twitter replies  —  Earlier this month, hackers broke into Equifax's servers and stole 143 million people's personal information, including their Social Security numbers.

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CNBC: BlackBerry and Delphi announce they will partner on an OS for self-driving cars; Blackberry stock jumps 7%  —  - Delphi already has developed a turnkey self-driving system called CSLP that it plans to begin selling to smaller automakers in 2019.  — BlackBerry would provide an operating system …

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Steven Levy / Wired: A look at the development of the Nest Hello doorbell, Nest Cam IQ outdoor with Google Assistant integration, and the Nest Secure package including Nest Guard  —  “We have better light rings than any other products on the market,” says Adam Mittleman.  This is a sentence that I have never …

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Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors: A list of some of the ARKit-enabled iOS apps now available in the App Store  —  With the launch of iOS 11 today, Apple has turned hundreds of millions of iPhones into augmented reality-capable devices thanks to the support of a new developer framework called ARKit.

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Pocket-lint: Nest debuts Nest Secure alarm system that has a motion sensor and Nest Tag fob in a $499 pack, an HD video doorbell, and Nest Cam IQ outdoor, a $349 camera  —  ELYSE BETTERS20 SEPTEMBER 2017SMART HOME  —  Nest has stepped up its home security efforts.  —  The Alphabet-owned company is live …

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Natt Garun / The Verge: Airbnb rolls out ability to book restaurant reservations in US, powered by Resy, which Airbnb invested $13M in this January  —  Airbnb today announced that it will now help guests book restaurant reservations during their travels.  The feature is yet another one of the company's expansion …

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