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October 20, 2016, 7:30 PM

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Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Nintendo unveils Switch, a game console/tablet hybrid with two detachable controllers and a dock for connecting to a TV; device launches in March  —  Tablet system docks to connect to HDTV, comes with detachable controllers.  —  In a three minute “Preview Trailer” released this morning …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Nintendo's Switch console is powered by a custom Tegra processor from Nvidia  —  Who needs a shield when you can have a sword  —  Nintendo just unveiled a new console called Switch, and it's powered by a custom Tegra processor from Nvidia.  The chip has a checkered history of failure and success …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Cloud Strength Highlights First Quarter Results  —  REDMOND, Wash. — October 20, 2016 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016:  · Revenue was $20.5 billion GAAP, and $22.3 billion non-GAAP
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Bloomberg:
Sources: senior executives at AT&T and Time Warner have discussed various business strategies, including a possible merger, in recent weeks  —  Senior executives at AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. have met in recent weeks to discuss various business strategies including a possible merger …
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
Tesla preemptively bans its customers from making money through ride-sharing services other than the Tesla Network, details of which will be released next year  —  Self-driving Teslas only allowed to carry paying customers through the Tesla Network.  —  On Thursday night …
Brad Plumer / Vox:
Prashant Gopal / Bloomberg:
Apple teams up with a handful of homebuilders to push Homekit-enabled bundles of smart appliances in new homes  —  May we offer a $349 wireless shade or a $200 touchscreen lock?  —  ‘Give me a break,’ a tech analyst says of some home devices  —  In a darkened master bedroom …
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:
Sequoia Capital hires Yahoo's Jess Lee, CEO of fashion site Polyvore, as its first female US investing partner  —  Lee will leave her post as CEO of fashion and home decor site Polyvore.  —  Sarah McBride  —  For the first time in its 44-year history, Sequoia Capital …
New York Times:
Data stolen by NSA contractor included NSA hacking tools later used by Shadow Brokers, and is largest leak of classified info, even more than Panama Papers  —  WASHINGTON — Investigators pursuing what they believe to be the largest case of mishandling classified documents in United States history …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Comcast's NBCUniversal finalizing deal for a second $200M investment in BuzzFeed, at a valuation of $1.7B  —  More money for Jonah Peretti and his video ambitions.  —  A year after making a major investment in BuzzFeed, NBCUniversal is doing it again.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Analysis of 1K+ posts from 6 partisan Facebook Pages shows that least-accurate are shared widely; 38% of right-wing, 19% of left-wing posts are false/misleading  —  Hyperpartisan political Facebook pages and websites are consistently feeding their millions of followers false or misleading information …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Razer debuts new 17.3-inch gaming laptop with mechanical keyboard, 2.6GHz quad-core Skylake i7, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce GTX 1080 as standard, costs $3.7K  —  The 2016 Razer Blade Pro comes with a 4K touchscreen, Thunderbolt 3, GeForce GTX 1080 graphics, and a whole lot more

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