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October 27, 2016, 3:40 PM

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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Apple debuts thinner MacBook Pro with Touch ID and secure enclave, multi-touch Touch Bar, larger trackpad, butterfly keyboard, 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, no MagSafe  —  The main attraction of Apple's “Hello Again” event today has just been made official with the new 2016 MacBook Pro.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Thunderbolt 3, 2.9GHz dual-core i5 starts at $1.8K; 15" model comes with i7, Radeon Pro 450 GPU at $2.4K; both ship in 2-3 weeks  —  Apple just unveiled a new MacBook Pro, updating its high-end notebook computer with new features including a “Touch Bar” …
Vine:
Twitter says it is discontinuing the Vine mobile app “in the coming months”  —  Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold.  Today, we are sharing the news that in the coming months we'll be discontinuing the mobile app.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Apple announces TV app for Apple TV and iOS coming in December, will act as a single place for accessing shows, movies, and live events from across apps  —  One app to rule them all  —  Apple may not be building its own TV, but it at least has its own TV guide.  Sort of.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Apple and LG partner to create LG UltraFine 5K display, with built-in camera, speakers, USB ports, and more  —  If you want the best external monitor for the new MacBook Pro, Apple says your best bet is a new 5K display from LG.  The iPhone-maker unveiled the monitor onstage at its Mac event today …
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Twitter reports Q3 2016 revenue of $616M, beating expectations of $606M, as MAUs increase to 317M from 313M last quarter  —  With Twitter's acquisition hopes essentially dead, the company now seems it's on its own to fend for itself and needs to figure out a way to build a reasonable and profitable business.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Twitter will cut 9% of its workforce, or roughly 350 people; sources say cuts are company-wide with a focus on sales and marketing teams  —  The layoffs were announced alongside Twitter's Q3 earnings Thursday morning.  —  Twitter is cutting 9 percent of its staff, or roughly 350 people …
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Qualcomm announces it will acquire automotive chipmaker NXP semiconductors for $47B in cash  —  NXP would allow Qualcomm to diversify away from smartphones  —  Target is largest maker of semiconductors used in cars  —  Qualcomm Inc., the largest maker of mobile-phone chips …
Mike Krahulik / Penny Arcade:
Surface Studio review: beautiful display, adjustable screen that's sturdy in all positions, overall a dream computer  —  If you have not heard already, Microsoft just announced a new device called the Surface Studio.  It's essentially a Surface computer for your desktop.

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Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
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It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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