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October 19, 2016, 10:10 AM

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Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Researcher says some Trump company email servers use unpatched, end-of-life software, including Windows Server 2003, and only use single factor authentication  —  In what might be one of the more delicious cases of irony to ever grace a presidential election, a researcher has found that a number …
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Source: Amazon weighs offering internet service in Europe in order to bundle broadband access with Prime Video  —  Amazon.com is considering offering internet service directly to consumers in Europe, said a person briefed on the discussion.  That would allow Amazon to bundle internet access …
Michael Cooney / Network World:
Microsoft AI research group says its speech recognition tech has reached parity with human-level proficiency, with an error rate of lower than 6%  —  Microsoft: This marks the first time that human parity has been reported for conversational speech  —  Microsoft researchers say they have created …
Ina Fried / Recode:
Sources: Apple plans to launch new Macs at an October 27 event in Cupertino  —  Yep, that means some Sierra-powered computers are arriving right before the holidays.  —  Apple is planning to introduce new Macs at an Oct. 27 event, sources confirmed to Recode.
Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:
Samsung's uneven handling of the Note7 fiasco in China has angered many, as it initially claimed the phones in that market were safe before issuing recall  —  TIANJIN, China — Zhang Sitong was saving a friend's phone number on his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone when it started to vibrate and smoke.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Instagram Blog:
Instagram will now show a personalized selection of Stories in the Explore tab from across its global userbase  —  Starting today, you'll begin to see Instagram Stories on Explore.  —  We announced Instagram Stories in August as a new feature for sharing everyday moments.

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Announcing Zoho Mail Desktop Lite Client  —  Get the best of both worlds.  —  There are times when you can't afford distractions while communicating over email.  This is especially true in the case of business emails …

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