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October 12, 2016, 6:45 PM

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Scott Dadich / Wired:
Interview with Barack Obama and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito on AI and its impact on society, medical research, self-driving cars, and more  —  IT'S HARD TO think of a single technology that will shape our world more in the next 50 years than artificial intelligence.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Samsung cuts profit forecast by 33% for Q3 from $7B to $4.6B, revenue expectations from $44B to $41.8B, following Galaxy Note7 crisis  —  Samsung issued earnings guidance last week that suggested the calamitous Galaxy Note 7 recall wouldn't have a major impact on the company's bottom line …
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Samsung says it won't refurbish Note7s, choosing to “safely dispose” of them, which creates waste, loses rare earth elements, and could harm the environment  —  Lost in the hype about Samsung permanently pulling the plug on its exploding phone is this: The failure of the Galaxy Note 7 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon launches Music Unlimited, a subscription streaming service that costs $4/month for Echo owners, $8/month for Prime members, and $10/month for all others  —  Would you pay a few extra bucks a month to turn your smart home speaker into an intelligent, unlimited jukebox?  Amazon is betting people will.
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
The Washington Post tracked Facebook's Trending Topics section over three weeks, uncovering five fake stories and three profoundly inaccurate ones  —  The Intersect ran a little experiment a few weeks ago: During the work day, we'd check in with Facebook each hour, on the hour …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Verizon and Google say Verizon's Pixels will get OS updates and security patches at the same time as those sold by Google  —  Verizon apparently has turned over a new leaf and “won't stand in the way of updates.”  —  Update 2: Google agrees!  The company told Ars “OS updates …
Niraj Chokshi / New York Times:
Facebook's voter registration reminder, displayed for four days in Sept., caused near-record levels of registration, at least nine secretaries of state say  —  A 17-word Facebook reminder contributed to substantial increases in online voter registration across the country, according to top election officials.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pandora launches Pandora Plus, its $5/month ad-free service that also gives users offline playback, more song skips and replays  —  Pandora is not taking today's debut of Amazon's new, on-demand music streaming service lying down.  The company has conveniently timed the launch of its own new paid tier …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Meal-delivery startup Munchery is looking to replace its CEO, Tri Tran, as it struggles to raise money during a search for a profitable business model  —  Existing backers have struggled to attract big new investors  —  Other food-delivery businesses are still losing money
Sijia Jiang / Reuters:
Apple says it will set up a R&D center in Shenzhen, China, to help strengthen ties with local software developers and partners  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) will set up a research and development center in China's manufacturing metropolis Shenzhen, the U.S. tech giant said on Wednesday …

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