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October 19, 2016, 5:30 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.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple sends out invites for event at 10AM PT on October 27 at its Cupertino campus, with tagline “hello again”; new Macs are expected to be announced  —  And we're back to the Mac  —  As expected, Apple just sent out invites for an event in Cupertino next week on October 27th.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Ryan Weber / The Keyword:
G Suite adds new productivity features including Slack integration, more voice commands, improved Forms, and assignable Action Items within Docs, Sheets, Slides  —  One of the core promises of Google Docs is to help you and your team go from collecting ideas to achieving your goals as quickly and easily as possible.
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 …
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 …

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