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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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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch: HTC and Google cancel plans for the HTC Daydream VR standalone headset in western markets; Google says plans are still in place for a Lenovo Daydream headset  —  One of the only questions I've asked HTC VR execs consistently over the past several months is whether the Daydream version …

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Richard Lai / Engadget: HTC intros Vive Wave VR Open Platform for hardware makers, unveils Vive Focus standalone VR headset for China with inside-out tracking; price, release date TBD  —  After a couple of teases earlier this year, HTC has finally unveiled its upcoming standalone VR headset at today's Vive Developer Conference in Beijing.

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Wall Street Journal: Beijing Sinnet Technology co., Amazon's Chinese partner, says it will buy Amazon Web Services' China business for as much as $300M  —  Beijing Sinnet says it will buy Amazon Web Services' China business for as much as $300 million  —  Amazon.com Inc.'s cloud-computing service is throwing in the towel in China.

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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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