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October 29, 2016, 1:20 PM

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
MacBook Pro is a hybrid system where modified watchOS on ARM-based T1 securely runs Touch Bar, Apple Pay, Touch ID, and more, while Intel CPU handles macOS  —  When will Apple ship a MacBook with an ARM processor?  This is a question that has been top of mind for observers of the company ever since …
Mark Walton / Ars Technica:
AMD details the specs of Radeon Pro 450, 455, and 460 graphics cards used in 15" MacBook Pro  —  Spoiler: Don't expect to do much gaming on your shiny new MacBook Pro.  —  Following the announcement of the new Apple MacBook Pro, AMD has launched the Radeon Pro 400 series of power-efficient graphics cards for laptops.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Mozilla announces Project Quantum, an effort to develop a faster browser engine that will power Firefox beginning in 2017  —  Mozilla hopes to speed up its browser so much by the end of 2017 that the today's complex, interactive websites will feel completely different.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Comma.ai cancels Comma One after receiving NHTSA letter asking for detailed information about the $1K self-driving kit  —  Renowned iPhone hacker turned entrepreneur George Hotz (aka geohot) has cancelled his autonomous driving startup's first official product, the Comma One aftermarket add …
Matt Mullenweg:
Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg accuses Wix of copying WordPress for its mobile app, skirting GPL requirements of attribution and public release of code  —  Anyone who knows me knows that I like to try new things — phones, gadgets, apps.  Last week I downloaded the new Wix (closed, proprietary, non-open-sourced, non-GPL) mobile app.
BBC:
UK employment tribunal rules Uber drivers are workers and are entitled to holiday pay, paid rest breaks, and National Living Wage  —  Uber drivers in the UK have won an employment tribunal case which ruled they are workers rather than self-employed.  —  The decision means drivers …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
ProPublica's report on Facebook's “ethnic affinity” ad targeting explored the potential for abuse, but was misleading and failed to show actual abuse  —  “Ethnic Affinity” targeting has been offered for nearly two years, has real benefits and is legal for many types of ads.
Alan Yuhas / Guardian:
“Celebgate” hacker Ryan Collins sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to federal hacking charges and admitting to a two-year phishing scam  —  Ryan Collins ran a two-year phishing scam to gain the passwords of more than 100 people, including Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Avril Lavigne
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Vine struggled to monetize and compete with Instagram and Snapchat amid executive churn, while failing to find strategic benefits for Twitter  —  Closing the loop  —  The thing about Vine becoming the internet's premiere tool for making short-form videos is that it happened almost completely by accident.
Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:
Jenna McLaughlin / The Intercept:
Sources shed light on how Dubai-based surveillance firm DarkMatter is helping the UAE government track, locate, and hack its citizens  —  n July, Simone Margaritelli, an Italian security researcher, boarded a Boeing 777 in Rome headed for Dubai, a city now billing itself as a tech startup hub.
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Alex Hern / Guardian:
Apple raises the prices of most Macs in UK, including older unchanged models, by £100 to £500, as the pound weakens after Brexit  —  New laptops significantly more expensive and already-existing machines have prices raised by hundreds of pounds as Apple adjusts for new US dollar-pound sterling rate
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Heads of EU country data protection authorities, Article 29 Working Party, ask Facebook to stop using WhatsApp data  —  Yahoo also gets warning over breach of accounts in 2014  —  European Union privacy chiefs said Facebook Inc. must stop processing user data from its WhatsApp messaging service …

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