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September 20, 2016, 8:40 PM

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ProPublica:
For 250 popular items tracked over several weeks, Amazon ranked its own and affiliated products higher about 75% of the time, even when cheaper options existed  —  Amazon bills itself as “Earth's most customer-centric company.”  Yet its algorithm is hiding the best deal from many customers.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
macOS Sierra review: Siri and Optimized Storage features add convenience but can frustrate, as Siri lacks third-party tie-ins, and iCloud storage is too limited  —  For the last few years, nearly all of OS X's biggest updates have come in response to iOS.  First, the Mac got iOS's apps.
AT&T:
AT&T unveils plan for multi-gigabit Internet delivered over shaped radio transmissions that are guided by power lines; field trials set for in 2017  —  Urban, Rural and Underserved Parts of the World Could Benefit from AT&T's Innovative Wireless, Multi-Gigabit-Speed Internet Connectivity …
Josh Smith / Official Google for Work Blog:
Google adds natural language search, improved spell checking to Drive and enhances multi-column support in Docs  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Drive Blog)  —  Innovation is critical for business success, so we're constantly trying to build tools that enable our customers to do more.
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
New federal rules for autonomous vehicles aim to avoid patchwork of state laws, include 15-point safety assessment to cover ethical, conflict situations on road  —  The White House vs. robot cars  —  So far, manufacturers of self-driving cars have operated in uncharted waters …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Comcast CEO says the company plans to debut a wireless service by mid-2017, using leased Verizon airwaves and Comcast's 14M+ Wi-Fi hot spots  —  It will run on Verizon airwaves and also lean on Wi-Fi  —  Comcast just solidified long-rumored plans to launch its own MVNO cellular service.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Tinder integrates with Spotify and lets potential matches view users' favorite songs and artists  —  Tinder has revealed the next step in its mission to help users meet their perfect match, as Spotify opens up its catalog of songs to the perennially popular dating app.
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
IHS estimates iPhone 7 $649 base model costs Apple $225 to make, up 18% YoY  —  According to a new teardown from IHS Markit, the cost of the new device jumped about 18 percent from last year's model.  —  James Martin/CNET  —  All that new tech crammed into the new iPhone 7 isn't coming cheap for Apple.

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