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October 25, 2016, 1:55 PM

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Kenneth Lipp / The Daily Beast:
Details emerge on AT&T's Hemisphere, the firms's for-profit warrantless surveillance unit that sells access to law enforcement, used for “parallel construction”  —  On Nov. 11, 2013, Victorville, California, sheriff's deputies and a coroner responded to a motorcyclist's report of human remains outside of town.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Twitter may cut 8% of workforce, or 300 people, as soon as this week  —  Twitter Inc. is planning widespread job cuts, to be announced as soon as this week, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The company may cut around 8 percent of the workforce, or about 300 people …
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Google announces Jamboard, a 55" stylus-enabled 4K touchscreen device with built-in HD camera, debuting in first half of 2017 for under $6K for G Suite users  —  It's hard to recall today, but being able to edit a document at the same time as others was a transformative feature for Google's suite of online office apps.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Xiaomi debuts 6.4" all-ceramic Mi Mix flagship phone with edgeless screen, Snapdragon 821, and 4,400mAh battery, which goes on sale in China November 4 for $516  —  The Mi Mix is a 6.4-inch lucid dream that's going on sale in China next month for $520  —  Nothing says sci-fi like a bezel-less screen …
Alex Davies / Wired:
Uber's Otto self-driving truck makes its first delivery of 50K beer cans in a 120-mile run across Colorado  —  Walt Martin is kneeling, legs folded behind him, butt resting on his heels.  “I've got to practice my yoga,” he says, clearly joking.  Never mind that we're in the cab …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
What to expect at Microsoft's October 26 event: Surface all-in-one PC, details of upcoming Windows 10 updates, Microsoft Paint app with 3D, new HoloLens demos  —  Microsoft is returning to New York City this week to host a special press event on October 26th.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
IHS estimates Pixel XL 32GB model, which retails for $769, has a total materials and manufacturing price of $285.75, beating Apple's margin on the 32GB iPhone 7  —  Google's new line of Pixel phones have the shape, pricing, and some of the features of Apple Inc.'s iPhone, but critically for investors, they also have Apple-like margins.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Navdy's smartphone-connected heads-up display for cars starts shipping for $799  —  We got our first glimpse of Navdy's smart heads-up display for cars back in 2014, when the company crowdfunded its way to around two and a half million dollars.  —  Two years and around $26 million …
Jason D. Rowley / Mattermark:
Google acquires Eyefluence, an eye-tracking tech firm for AR and VR  —  tl;dr: Google has acquired Eyefluence, which has developed a suite of eyeball-sensing technologies for AR and VR, for an undisclosed sum.  —  Today, Eyefluence quietly announced on its website that it has been acquired by Google.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Alexis Ohanian and Garry Tan's early stage VC firm Initialized Capital raises $115M for its third fund, has added Kim-Mai Cutler as partner  —  Initialized Capital, an early stage venture capital firm started by former Y Combinator partners Alexis Ohanian, Harj Taggar, and Garry Tan, has raised $115 million for its third fund.
Se Young Lee / Reuters:
Samsung: South Korean customers who exchanged their Galaxy Note7 for an S7 will be able to trade for Galaxy Note8 or S8 next year at 50% of the cost of their S7  —  Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it is offering an upgrade program to Galaxy Note 7 customers in South Korea who trade …

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