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Google Devs / Google Developers Blog: Google announces TensorFlow Lite to enable fast inference of machine learning models on mobile and embedded devices, now in developer preview  —  Today, we're happy to announce the developer preview of TensorFlow Lite, TensorFlow's lightweight solution for mobile and embedded devices!

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Profile of WH deputy CTO Michael Kratsios, who comes from Thiel-founded VC firm and oversees ~45 staff of director-less Office of Science and Technology Policy  —  Tech adviser Michael Kratsios is working on a policy agenda, but he needs some of the president's staunchest critics to cooperate

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Nathan McAlone / Business Insider: A&E, Scripps, Discovery, AMC, and Viacom invest $25M in Philo, a new streaming service with programming from 35+ cable TV channels and 30-day DVR, for $16/mo.  —  - Philo has launched a $16-a-month internet TV package with programming partners like A+E, AMC, Discovery, Scripps, and Viacom.

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Dustin Volz / Reuters: DHS official tells congress about 15% of US agencies reported Kaspersky software on internal networks  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About 15 percent of U.S. federal agencies have reported some trace of Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab software on their systems, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official told Congress on Tuesday.

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Clare O'Connor / Forbes: Profile of Whitney Wolfe Herd, CEO of Bumble, the women-first dating app with $100M/year sales that, sources say, is talking to Match Group about a $1B+ buyout  —  When Whitney Wolfe Herd started planning an October launch party for a new product at Bumble, America's fastest-growing dating-app company …

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Katie Roof / TechCrunch: Bossa Nova raises $17.5M Series B led by Paxion to scale its business of robots that analyze items on shelves in stores, following 50+ store Walmart partnership  —  Why count inventory when the robots can do it?  —  Retailers are using machines from a startup called Bossa Nova Robotics to analyze what's selling on the shelves.

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Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat: Poshmark raises $87.5M led by Temasek for its online fashion marketplace, now has about 200 employees, and adds Amazon Alexa style suggestion skill  —  Poshmark, which provides an online marketplace to buy and sell fashion items, announced today that it has raised $87.5 million in a round led by Temasek.

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Dani Deahl / The Verge: Amazon says it has “no plans to create a free, ad-supported version of Prime Video” following AdAge report  —  An alternate to the $99 subscription  —  Update November 14th, 11:06AM ET: This article was updated to include a statement from Amazon denying the claims.

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BuzzFeed: Facebook issues statement saying it has not observed “significant coordination” by Russia-linked accounts targeting Brexit vote, amid UK MPs calls for more info  —  The social media company has put out a carefully worded statement, shortly before Theresa May accused Russia of meddling in foreign elections.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: YouTube partners with Ticketmaster to sell concert tickets on artists' video pages, launching today in the US  —  YouTube today announced a partnership with Ticketmaster that will see the Google-owned video network connecting fans with concert tickets and tour information directly on artists' YouTube video pages.

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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat: Pinterest launches Lens Your Look fashion search feature, which allows you to add a photo to any text query, and adds QR “pincodes” for easier sharing  —  Pinterest will begin to roll out a new series of features today, including Lens Your Look, which allows you to add a photo to any text query.

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Paresh Dave / Reuters: YouTube confirms it has updated its policy on extremist content, broadening it to include videos that do not depict violence or preach hate  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google in the last few months has begun removing from YouTube extremist videos that do not depict violence or preach hate …

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: Twitter launches premium APIs, starting with historical search to give developers more tweets per request, higher rate limits, and more complex queries  —  Twitter is offering a solution for developers who are angry about limitations imposed on their apps when they use the service's free APIs.

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Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch: Valet startup Zirx relaunches as Stratim, a fleet management software service for GM's Maven, Ford's Chariot, and others  —  When Zirx announced last February its plans to shut down its on-demand valet parking startup, it wasn't clear what the company meant when it said it would focus on the enterprise.

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Freedom House: Report: governments in 30 countries manipulated social media to counter critics, drive specific agendas, more; elections in 18 countries may have been affected  —  Key Findings Online manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role in elections in at least 18 countries over the past year, including the United States.

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Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch: UCSF and Cardiogram study: Apple Watch can detect hypertension with 82% accuracy, sleep apnea with 90% accuracy via Cardiogram's deep neural network DeepHeart  —  A new study out from health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) suggests wearables like the Apple Watch …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Mozilla releases Firefox 57 “Quantum” browser, with faster browser engine, major visual overhaul, and Google as default search engine  —  Mozilla today launched Firefox 57, branded Firefox Quantum, for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.  The new version, which Mozilla calls …

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Charlie Osborne / ZDNet: Cloudflare acquires Neumob to boost mobile app speeds and enable end-to-end optimization across desktop and mobile  —  It is hoped the buyout will boost Cloudflare's network.  —  Cloudflare has acquired Neumob in a deal designed to speed up app requests flowing through the firm's network.

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Sam Levin / The Guardian: Journalists at news organizations partnering with Facebook say its fact-checking tools have failed  —  Journalists fighting spread of fake news raise concerns over possible conflicts of interest and say site has refused to disclose needed data  —  Journalists working for Facebook …

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Bloomberg: Sources: Apple is working on a rear-facing 3D sensor for 2019 iPhone to improve AR capabilities  —  Apple looking at different technology from iPhone X's Face ID  —  New 3-D sensor would improve augmented-reality features  —  Apple Inc. is working on a rear-facing 3-D sensor system …

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Canalys: Canalys: Apple retook top spot in wearable band market in Q3 2017 with 3.9M shipments, or 23% of the market; Xiaomi came second with 21%, Fitbit third with 20%  —  Palo Alto, Shanghai, Singapore and Reading (UK) - Tuesday, 14 November 2017  —  Apple retook the lead in the wearable band market in Q3 2017 …

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Wall Street Journal: Profile of Hikvision, the world's largest maker of surveillance cameras, 42%-owned by Chinese government, whose cameras are used even in sensitive areas in US  —  Company 42%-owned by the Chinese government sold devices that monitor U.S. Army base, Memphis streets, sparking concerns about cybersecurity

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Tom Krazit / GeekWire: Amazon sells AWS infrastructure assets in China to its Chinese partner Beijing Sinnet Technology Co. for as much as $300M, in order to comply with Chinese law  —  Updated 10:35pm: Amazon Web Services responded to reports out of China that it was exiting the country's cloud computing market with the following statement.

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Harry McCracken / Fast Company: Compuserve's forums, once the premier destination for all online conversations and which still exist, are finally shutting down on December 15  —  Before there was a world wide web, a sizable chunk of all meaningful conversation between computer users happened in the forums at CompuServe …

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Pam Belluck / New York Times: FDA approves first digital pill, which has an embedded sensor that will show doctors whether and when patients are taking it, sparking privacy concerns  —  For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill — a medication embedded with a sensor that can tell doctors whether …

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