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October 19, 2016, 11:35 AM

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Facebook:
Facebook rolls out new tools in the US for seeking friend's recommendations on local places or services, discovering local events, and interacting with Pages  —  People come to Facebook every day to connect and share experiences with friends and family.  We share the great places we go and we ask …
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 …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Snapchat to stop sharing ad revenue with media partners within weeks, will change to up-front flat licensing fee as it prepares for 2017 IPO  —  Evan Spiegel has a new deal for “Discover” publishers: We pay you up front, and we keep all the ad money.  —  Snapchat says it's done sharing with media companies.
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 …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Amazon Japan announces 32GB manga model of Kindle Paperwhite, priced at $118 for Prime subscribers, $157 for others, pre-orders open now  —  Amazon Japan has an unusual challenge with the Kindle: it not only has to cater to your typical bookworm, but to a local fondness for image-heavy (and thus storage-intensive) manga books.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
T-Mobile fined $48M by FCC for mischaracterizing its “unlimited” plan and throttling user's data when they reached the limit  —  Federal regulators are slapping T-Mobile with millions of dollars in fines and other requirements after consumers complained that the wireless carrier misled …
Bloomberg:
New report says top five US tech firms spent $49M on Washington lobbyists last year, as the five largest banks spent $19.7M  —  Big tech is outspending banks, alumni get government jobs  —  Wishlist from trade to antitrust poses challenge to regulators  —  A political weather map of America …
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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.

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