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October 19, 2016, 4:00 PM

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James Vincent / The Verge:
Report: Apple is working with Australian startup Sonder on a dynamic e-ink keyboard for future MacBooks, which could be incorporated as soon as 2018  —  But as rumors go, this one doesn't seem that trustworthy  —  Apple reportedly plans to put dynamic E Ink keyboards into MacBook laptops by 2018.
Facebook:
Facebook rolls out new tools in the US for seeking friends' 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google reaches deal with CBS to carry network on Unplugged web TV service on YouTube, to debut early 2017; talks ongoing with 21st Century Fox, Disney  —  New service, to be housed on YouTube platform, is likely to debut in early 2017  —  Google Inc. has reached an agreement …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
T-Mobile fined $48M by FCC for mischaracterizing its “unlimited” plan and throttling users' 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 …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
LeEco launches the Le Pro3, a $399 Android 6.0 smartphone with 5.5-inch display, 16 megapixel camera, Snapdragon 821 processor, and no 3.5mm headphone jack  —  LeEco announced that its first smartphone in the United States will be the Le Pro3.  While the phone has been available internationally since …
Alex Heath / Business Insider:
Mark Zuckerberg defends having Thiel as a Facebook board member in internal memo, says it's important to stand up for peoples' right to hold different views  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg clearly doesn't intend to distance his company from board member and Donald Trump supporter Peter Thiel.
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
Anti-Defamation League: 2.6M anti-Semitic tweets were posted from Aug. 2015-July 2016 with 19K+ directed at journalists; “Trump” found in bios of many offenders  —  She had seen her face superimposed on the body of a concentration camp inmate.  She had been called “a slimy Jewess.”
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.
Colin Campbell / Polygon:
Valve sends letter to Washington state regulator refuting allegations the company facilitates gambling via virtual item sales, says it tries to stop sellers  —  Company distances itself from online skin bets  —  Valve today sent a strongly worded riposte to the Washington State Gambling Commission …
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.

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