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Yoolim Lee / Bloomberg: Gaming hardware maker Razer's stock rises 18% in Hong Kong trading debut after raising ~$530M in US IPO  —  The gaming gear maker notches a 18% gain on its first day  —  Razer's performance bested only by China Literature this year  —  Razer Inc. climbed 18 percent in its Hong Kong coming-out party …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Carrier billing startup Boku to raise $60M at a post-money valuation of $164M in London IPO on November 20  —  Boku, the startup that partners with Apple in its rollout of carrier billing for the App Store, expects to raise £45 million ($60 million) on a post-money valuation of £125 million …

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Kim Tingley / New York Times: Semi-autonomous vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure tech struggles to draw attention away from independent, fully autonomous solutions like Waymo's  —  THE TECH & DESIGN ISSUE: LIFE AFTER DRIVING  —  IN HIS 31-YEAR career delivering frozen patties, ketchup packets …

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Christina Larson / Foreign Policy: Facebook, blamed for unintended consequences of the service in nations like Myanmar, says “product and integrity research team” is headed to SE Asia this month  —  Zuckerberg needs to stop courting Beijing and start paying attention to the countries where Facebook matters.

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Stan Higgins / CoinDesk: Mining begins of Bitcoin Gold, a fork of Bitcoin that aims to thwart specialized mining chips  —  The newest fork of the bitcoin blockchain is officially live after a rocky start.  —  Developers for the project, dubbed bitcoin gold, published software for the breakaway cryptocurrency today, releasing the code on GitHub as well.

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Julia Angwin / ProPublica: How three ProPublica reporters were attacked with Twitter bots and “email bombs” that forced the closure of reporters' email accounts  —  It was 10 a.m. on a hot, humid Tuesday in August when I decided I could finally relax.  After a frantic weekend of finishing a big story …

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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal: Study: increases and decreases in Uber's base fare have little effect on long-term driver earnings  —  Study co-authored by company finds drivers inevitably take home about the same earnings whether fares go up or down  —  Hours before Uber Technologies Inc.'s chief executive resigned in June …

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Aliya Ram / Financial Times: UK-based Graphcore, maker of machine learning chips, has raised $50M from Sequoia Capital  —  UK chipmaker Graphcore has raised $50m from Sequoia Capital, one of Silicon Valley's top venture capital firms, as the start-up angles to become Britain's biggest maker of artificial intelligence hardware.

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Katie Roof / TechCrunch: Uber says it's entered into an agreement with a consortium led by SoftBank and Dragoneer on a potential investment  —  The paperwork's done!  The long-anticipated SoftBank investment into Uber has been finalized, a spokesperson confirms to TechCrunch.  —  We've been provided the following statement.

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David Z. Morris / Fortune: Bitcoin Cash's market cap is up +130% in 2 days to about $26B, briefly overtaking Ethereum's, and Bitcoin Cash's hashrate has surpassed Bitcoin's  —  The cryptocurrency market is experiencing a complex shakeup this weekend, with a recently created digital token called Bitcoin Cash (BCH) …

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New York Times: Inside NSA's Tailored Access Operations group and the investigation into Shadow Brokers, a hack of NSA now considered much more damaging than Snowden leak  —  A serial leak of the agency's cyberweapons has damaged morale, slowed intelligence operations and resulted in hacking attacks on businesses and civilians worldwide.

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Kara Swisher / Recode: Sources: even with truce between Benchmark and Kalanick, the deal still hinges on the success of SoftBank's tender offer for Uber's secondary shares  —  Employees will be able to sell half their stock  —  A “Peace Deal” to settle an ugly boardroom war at Uber is expected to be signed today or tomorrow.

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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg: Sources: Uber-SoftBank deal expected on Sunday, with investors buying $1B of Uber shares at current valuation, announcing $9B tender offer for secondary shares  —  Uber moves closer to selling up to $10 billion in shares  —  Benchmark agrees to put suit against Uber co-founder on hold

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Google Research Blog: Behind Google's Fused Video Stabilization, combining optical image stabilization and electronic image stabilization, which it uses on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL  —  Posted by Chia-Kai Liang, Senior Staff Software Engineer and Fuhao Shi, Android Camera Team  —  One of the most important aspects …

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Wall Street Journal: At a congressional hearing, the interim Equifax CEO said he's not sure if the company is encrypting consumer data stored on its computers  —  Interim chief should have asked his staff ‘the day he took over,’ analyst says  —  Two months after Equifax Inc. EFX -.20% reported …

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Vulnerability present in many now-patched antivirus products including Malwarebytes allowed malware to leave quarantine and gain full system control  —  New AVGater flaw provided key ingredient for hacker to hijack computer.  —  Antivirus programs, in many cases, make us safer on the Internet.

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Jonathan Albright / Berkman Klein Center Collection: Analysis: propaganda memes from Russia's Internet Research Agency were more impactful on Instagram than Twitter due to reposting apps, Facebook's ad targeting  —  The last couple of weeks have brought us the first new major revelations about the reach and scope of the IRA media influence campaign.

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Davey Alba / BuzzFeed: Statements from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Uber on whether NDA-bound employees can publicly speak out about workplace harassment or assault  —  BuzzFeed News asked major tech companies if they'd pursue legal action against NDA-bound employees who speak out about workplace harassment or assault.

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: Pixel and Nexus devices won't get KRACK patch until December, which shouldn't matter much since Android doesn't rely on WPA2 for security  —  Android never relied on WPA2 for security, so breaking it shouldn't matter much.  —  In October, security researchers discovered a major vulnerability in a Wi-Fi's WPA2 security called “KRACK.”

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Richard Waters / Financial Times: Profile of Broadcom CEO Hock Tan as he tries to acquire Qualcomm for $130B  —  Hock Tan was feeling sensitive.  As the most acquisitive executive in the chip industry, it was probably inevitable that his rapid-fire spate of deals — capped this week by a $130bn run at struggling Qualcomm — would bring charges of opportunism.

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Zynga pays $100 million for Peak Games' casual card game studio  —  Zynga has acquired the mobile card game studio of Turkey's Peak Games for $100 million in cash.  The move is one of the biggest acquisitions Zynga has made under Frank Gibeau, who became CEO in March 2016.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Alibaba smashes its Singles Day record once again as sales hit $25.4B, a 39% increase over last year's sales total  —  Alibaba has set another Single's Day record after the e-commerce giant sold over $25 billion of product on the Chinese biggest online shopping date.

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Evan Ackerman / IEEE Spectrum: Embodied Intelligence, which is developing tech for letting humans teach robots new skills using AI and VR, comes out of stealth with $7M in seed funding  —  Depending on who you ask, robotic grasping has been solved for a while now.  That is, the act of physically grasping an object …

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Google Online Security Blog: Google and UCB study: from March 2016 to March 2017, 788K credentials were stolen via keyloggers, 12M credentials via phishing, and 3.3B via 3rd-party breaches  —  Posted by Kurt Thomas, Anti-Abuse Research; Angelika Moscicki, Account Security  —  Account takeover, or ‘hijacking’ …

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Kevin Roose / New York Times: How Ford is working to build a Level 4 autonomous vehicle by 2021 with help from Argo AI, who is creating software for its vehicles  —  Its very name was synonymous with the 20th-century economy.  Now it's trying to catch up with Silicon Valley on self-driving cars.  Related Article

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