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Abner Li / 9to5Google: Android One launches in the US with Moto X4, available on Project Fi at $399  —  Back in June, Project Fi unceremoniously announced via Twitter that a mid-tier device that supports Google's MVNO service would be coming soon.  This was in line with our reporting from earlier in the year …

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Bloomberg: Source: Google is close to buying HTC assets to bolster its hardware business  —  Phone business has changed since Google jettisoned Motorola  —  Features like augmented reality require more hardware control  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google is close to acquiring assets from Taiwan's HTC Corp. …

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Lauren Goode / The Verge: Apple says Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE has cellular connectivity issue caused by watch trying to join unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks, exploring software fix  —  The “handoff” isn't working like it's supposed to  —  Apple's new Series 3 smartwatch starts shipping this Friday …

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Katharine Schwab / Co.Design: Researchers create AI-powered tool that turns front-facing 2D photos of faces into 3D images  —  Is there an uncanny valley for selfies?  Researchers at the University of Nottingham and Kingston University have created an algorithm that can translate any front-facing 2D photo into a bizarrely realistic 3D image.

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Bloomberg: Toshiba agrees to sell memory chip unit to group led by Bain Capital for $18B  —  Toshiba Corp.'s board has agreed to sell its flash memory chip unit to a group led by Bain Capital for 2 trillion yen ($18 billion), taking an important step toward ending a contentious bidding process that has stretched over eight months.

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Vlad Savov / The Verge: HTC is halting trade of its shares tomorrow in anticipation of a “major announcement”, amid rumors of an acquisition by Google  —  All eyes on Google  —  HTC, one of Taiwan's premier tech brands and a true pioneer in the development of the Android hardware ecosystem …

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Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal: Apple Watch Series 3 review: untethered experience is enjoyable, but has short battery life and connectivity problems in two different states on two carriers  —  A cellular connection unshackles the Watch from your iPhone—but not for long, with short battery life and intermittent connections

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Lauren Goode / The Verge: Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE review: faster processor but has connectivity problems, no Apple Music streaming, battery drains with LTE, and Siri is unreliable  —  You should still call me on my cellphone  —  How much are you willing to pay for a gadget that offers intermittent convenience?

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Financial Times: Sources: Amazon working on Alexa-powered smartglasses with bone-conduction audio and a new home security camera system that would tie into its Echo products  —  Amazon is working on its first wearable device: a pair of “smart glasses” that would allow its virtual assistant Alexa to be summoned any time …

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Barb Darrow / Fortune: Hitachi announces new company, Hitachi Vantara, the merger of Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group and Pentaho, to be headquartered in Silicon Valley  —  Hitachi the global Tokyo-based conglomerate, is combining three of its U.S.-based tech units—Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group …

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Connie Zheng / The Engine: MIT's The Engine incubator announces first investments in seven startups in aerospace, advanced materials, biotech, more, updates first fund from $150M to $200M  —  - First-ever investments by The Engine in seven Boston-based startups across a range of tough tech areas including aerospace …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Apple launches redesigned App Store including Today section with daily features, tips, and dev interviews to drive user visits and make apps more discoverable  —  Apple today is releasing its completely redesigned iOS App Store to the wider public as part of the launch of the new iOS 11 operating system.

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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg: Sources: Uber, facing federal probe into possible overseas bribery, reviews operations in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, South Korea, and China  —  An Uber employee is said to have paid Jakarta police  —  Law firm investigating possible quid pro quo in Malaysia

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Apple Music for Android updated with user profiles, voice command support, Beats 1 app shortcut, recently played widget  —  Apple is updating its Apple Music app for Android with new features that are also debuting on iOS 11 today.  Social profiles are perhaps the biggest addition across Android …

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Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed: iPhone 8 review: should be called iPhone 7s as many of the upgrades, like camera sensor and True Tone display, are subtle; Qi charging only works when centered  —  Dat glasss.  —  There's a lot that's still the same as last year's 7:  —  * The screen size and resolution  —  * Its water- and dust- resistance

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Twitter adds a second former Google executive to its board, Patrick Pichette, who served as Google's CFO from 2008 until summer of 2015  —  Hugh Johnston, Pepsi's CFO, is leaving Twitter's board.  —  Twitter has added another longtime Google executive to its board of directors: Patrick Pichette …

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Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet: Adobe reports Q3 revenue of $1.84B, up 26% YoY, versus $1.82B expected, and net income of $420M, up from $271M YoY, and says it expects $1.95B revenue in Q4  —  Once again, the Photoshop maker broke a corporate record for quarterly revenue.  —  Adobe released third quarter financial results …

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Harper Neidig / The Hill: Sex-trafficking bill SESTA, which many tech firms say is too broad and greatly increases liability for hosting user created content, gets Congressional hearing  —  The Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday took up a controversial online sex-trafficking bill, hearing testimony from victims' families who urged lawmakers to act.

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Julia Fioretti / Reuters: Twitter removed 300K accounts in first half of '17 for promoting terrorism, 20% less YoY; of those accounts, 75% were suspended before posting their first tweet  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for the …

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Kellen / Droid Life: Renders leak of Google Pixelbook, a Chromebook that folds into a tablet and supports pressure-sensitive Pixelbook Pen; source: starts at $1.2K for 128GB w/o pen  —  As we noted in our earlier Google Home Mini reveal, a report from a couple of weeks back had actually suggested that Google would soon release a smaller Home unit.

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Sara Fischer / Axios: Google announces it is rolling out new Natural Language API features: automatic classification of content and sentiment analysis of places or things  —  Google is launching new features within its free Cloud Natural Languages API (shared software technology) that will help newsrooms …

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Wall Street Journal: Nintendo stock hits 9-year high after last week's Tencent deal to put Honor of Kings on Switch, as investors look for growth in China  —  Videogame maker's shares hit 9-year high on China prospects  —  For all its global popularity, Nintendo Co. NTDOY -1.14% has had relatively limited business in China.

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Kellen / Droid Life: Renders of back of HTC-made Google Pixel 2 in “Kinda Blue”, White, and Black leak; source: 64GB and 128GB models cost $649 and $749  —  Wrapping up here, because we don't want anyone feeling left out, here is the HTC-made Pixel 2.  From what we can tell, it'll arrive in three colorways …

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Kellen / Droid Life: Renders leak of back of LG-made Pixel 2 XL in “Black & White” and “Just Black”; source says it will cost $849 for 64GB and $949 for 128GB  —  Alright fine, no more playing around.  Here is the Pixel 2 XL (official name) in two colorways.

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Kellen / Droid Life: Renders leak of “Google Home Mini” in Chalk, Charcoal, and Coral colors; source says it will cost $49  —  When Google takes the stage on October 4 at a phone-related event in San Francisco, most of us expect there to be non-phone related product announcements too.

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