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Todd Spangler / Variety: Fullscreen Media says it will shut down its SVOD service January 2018, will lay off about 25 employees  —  Fullscreen Media is pulling the plug on its subscription-video service — less than two years after launching it — and is laying off about 25 employees with the shutdown.

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Cade Metz / New York Times: Quantum Circuits Inc., founded by Yale professors including physicist Robert Schoelkopf, raises $18M from Sequoia and Canaan to build and sell quantum computers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Robert Schoelkopf is at the forefront of a worldwide effort to build the world's first quantum computer.

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Williams Pelegrin / Android Authority: Lenovo debuts $299 Moto Tab running Android 7.1 for AT&T customers, with 10.1-inch FHD display, Snapdragon 625, 2GB RAM; first Moto branded tablet in 5 years  —  Being the first product to run Google's tablet-focused Android 3.0 Honeycomb, there was plenty of hype surrounding 2011's Motorola Xoom tablet.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot, launching in 2018, will outfit 1,600 cars, 10 buses, 10 streetcars with tech that communicates with roadways and other vehicles  —  Tampa's goal to become a smart city was on display on Monday, as the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority hosted …

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: Former Hulu CTO Tian Lim hired last month by Google as VP for Google Play; Hulu SVP of engineering Barry Steinglass will be interim CTO  —  Google just added a high-ranking Hulu executive to its team: The company has hired former Hulu CTO Tian Lim, who will be leading product and user experience efforts as a VP for Google Play.

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The Keyword: Google starts rolling out broadcast feature for Google Assistant, which allows users to broadcast messages on all Assistant-enabled speakers in a house  —  From dinner bells to shouting, attempting to gather the family from around the house is nothing new.  And now, your Google Assistant is getting in on the game.

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Aishwarya Venugopal / Reuters: Roku announces licensing deal that puts its tech in Philips TVs in the US this year; stock closes up 28.5% and has risen 127% in the past three days  —  (Reuters) - Roku Inc's (ROKU.O) shares surged nearly 43 percent to a record high on Monday after the streaming device maker said it signed …

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Alex Davies / Wired: Autonomous trucks built and operated by the startup Embark have been shipping refrigerators, with a human in cab, from a warehouse in TX to CA since October  —  IF YOU LIVE in Southern California and you've ordered one of those fancy new smart refrigerators in the past few weeks, it may have hitched a ride to you on a robotruck.

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Cate Cadell / Reuters: China's second biggest e-commerce company, JD.com, reported an unexpected profit in Q3 of $151M, says it lost ~100 merchants amid Alibaba's “coercive” tactics  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second biggest e-commerce company, JD.com, reported an unexpected profit in the third quarter …

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Theodore Schleifer / Recode: VC and Tesla, SpaceX board member Steve Jurvetson is leaving his job at Draper Fisher Jurveston in the wake of an investigation into sexual harassment  —  The high-profile entrepreneur helped start Draper Fisher Jurveston.  —  Famed venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson is leaving his job …

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Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire: Amazon lands global television rights for The Lord of the Rings, with a multi-season commitment, to debut exclusively on Prime Video  —  “The Lord of the Rings,” the celebrated fantasy book series by J.R.R. Tolkien that became a worldwide film phenomenon is now headed to the small screen …

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Karissa Bell / Mashable: A look at Reddit Chat, which is slated to eventually replace Reddit's PMs entirely, currently in beta and will launch alongside full site redesign in Q1 2018  —  Reddit is about to make one of its biggest changes yet.  —  The site will soon launch a new instant messaging feature called Reddit Chat.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook kills off Messenger Day stories feature, replacing it with Facebook Stories inside Messenger, and kills off Facebook Direct ephemeral messaging  —  Facebook is cleaning up the redundancy in its Snapchat Stories clones.  Today Facebook is killing off the Messenger Day brand and merging …

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Ben Schoon / 9to5Google: Some Pixel 2 XL owners report the edges of touchscreen are unresponsive to touch input; Google says it's investigating, will address it in upcoming OTA update  —  The Google Pixel 2 XL is a fantastic smartphone, but the issues with it just keep rolling in, specifically relating to the display.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook launches collaborative Stories for Groups and Events  —  Facebook is combining its Snapchat Stories clone with features Snapchat can't match in a bid to boost usage.  Starting today, users of Facebook Groups and Events will be able to contribute to a Story visible to the rest of the members and moderated by the admins.

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Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal: Missouri AG launches probe into Google's practices including user data collection, use of other sites' content, and if search results favor its own services  —  Investigation includes whether Google unfairly favors its content in search results  —  Missouri's attorney general has launched …

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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider: KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple has 6.5" OLED, 6.1" LCD, and 5.8" OLED iPhones slated for late 2018 launch, all following the iPhone X form factor  —  Apple has three new iPhone models in the pipeline for a late 2018 launch, two of which will be the company's biggest handsets ever …

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Garett Sloane / Ad Age: Sources: Amazon is developing a free, ad-supported version of its Prime video streaming service and is considering giving content creators their own channels  —  Amazon is developing a free, ad-supported complement to its Prime streaming video service, according to people familiar with its plans.

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Claire Zillman / Fortune: Female VCs from Sequoia, Cowboy, Benchmark, and others launch Female Founder Office Hours, a series of events at which investors will advise women entrepreneurs  —  The female investors of venture capital are expanding their dinner party, so to speak.  —  Jess Lee, the former CEO …

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Amie Tsang / New York Times: https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/13/ lyft-toronto/?sr_source=Twitter  —  The ride-hailing company Lyft, a major rival to Uber in the United States, is moving to gain ground internationally.  —  Lyft announced on Monday that it would be offering services in Toronto in time for the holiday season.

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Fred Wilson / AVC: Current draft of Senate Tax Reform Bill would tax stock options and RSUs upon vesting, which would have a devastating effect on equity compensation in startups  —  The current draft of the Senate Tax Reform Bill would tax stock options and RSUs upon vesting.

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Scott Shane / New York Times: YouTube decided to treat jihadist recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki as it treats terrorist organizations, removing most of his videos, including his mainstream lectures  —  WASHINGTON — For eight years, the jihadist propaganda of Anwar al-Awlaki has helped shape a generation of American terrorists …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: As part of a broader effort to diversify its revenue streams outside of streaming, Spotify is now selling beauty products through its partnership with Merchbar  —  Spotify, the $16 billion digital music “startup” that is hotly tipped for an IPO, continues to lay the groundwork to diversify its platform beyond basic streaming.

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Qualcomm: Qualcomm's Board of Directors unanimously rejects Broadcom's unsolicited $103B offer  —  Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) ("Qualcomm" or the “Company") today announced that its Board of Directors unanimously rejected the unsolicited proposal announced by Broadcom Limited ("Broadcom") on November 6, 2017.

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Zen Soo / South China Morning Post: Chinese online lender WeLab, which tracks users' mobile data including number and nature of apps installed to determine creditworthiness, raises $220M Series B+  —  Proprietary big data and AI tech helps company whittle down delinquency rates  —  If you are looking to take out a loan …

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