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October 28, 2016, 1:20 PM

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Mark Walton / Ars Technica:
AMD details the specs of Radeon Pro 450, 455, and 460 graphics cards used in 15" MacBook Pro  —  Spoiler: Don't expect to do much gaming on your shiny new MacBook Pro.  —  Following the announcement of the new Apple MacBook Pro, AMD has launched the Radeon Pro 400 series of power-efficient graphics cards for laptops.
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ProPublica:
Facebook lets advertisers exclude black, Hispanic, and other “ethnic affinities” from seeing ads; Facebook says “ethnic affinity” isn't the same as race  —  Imagine if, during the Jim Crow era, a newspaper offered advertisers the option of placing ads only in copies that went to white readers.
Alan Yuhas / Guardian:
“Celebgate” hacker Ryan Collins sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to federal hacking charges and admitting to a two-year phishing scam  —  Ryan Collins ran a two-year phishing scam to gain the passwords of more than 100 people, including Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Avril Lavigne
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Comma.ai cancels Comma One after receiving NHTSA letter asking for detailed information about the $1K self-driving kit  —  Renowned iPhone hacker turned entrepreneur George Hotz (aka geohot) has cancelled his autonomous driving startup's first official product, the Comma One aftermarket add …
BBC:
UK employment tribunal rules Uber drivers are workers and are entitled to holiday pay, paid rest breaks, and National Living Wage  —  Uber drivers in the UK have won an employment tribunal case which ruled they are workers rather than self-employed.  —  The decision means drivers …
Henry T. Casey / Laptop Mag:
MacBook Pro vs Surface Book: similar performance, but higher resolution and longer battery life for Surface Book, primary difference is in how touch is used  —  This week Apple and Microsoft revealed their latest visions for notebook computing, giving users a real choice for how they interact with their devices.
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Apple raises the prices of most Macs in UK, including older unchanged models, by £100 to £500, as the pound weakens after Brexit  —  New laptops significantly more expensive and already-existing machines have prices raised by hundreds of pounds as Apple adjusts for new US dollar-pound sterling rate
Reuters:
Sources: CenturyLink and Level 3 in advanced talks to merge in deal that could value post-merger company at $50B  —  CenturyLink Inc (CTL.N) and Level 3 Communications (LVLT.N) are in advanced talks to merge, according to people familiar with the matter, in a deal that would create …
Troy Hunt:
Health data of 550K Australian blood donors made public in Red Cross data breach, believed to be Australia's largest ever leak of personal data  —  I don't give blood as much as I should.  My wife has a much better track record than me, regularly donating not just blood but plasma and platelets as well.
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Heads of EU country data protection authorities, Article 29 Working Party, ask Facebook to stop using WhatsApp data  —  Yahoo also gets warning over breach of accounts in 2014  —  European Union privacy chiefs said Facebook Inc. must stop processing user data from its WhatsApp messaging service …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
PlayStation Vue now available on Android TV; support for Macs and Windows PCs coming soon  —  Sony's TV streaming service is launching today on Android TV.  —  With today's launch, PlayStation Vue will be available on all recent Android TV devices, including dedicated streaming boxes and TVs that have it built in.
Charles Bovaird / CoinDesk:
Zcash, a cryptocurrency based on Zerocash protocol that promises anonymous transactions using zero-knowledge proofs, launches October 28  —  “Deafening.”  —  That's how market analyst Arthur Hayes describes the enthusiasm ahead of the upcoming launch of a new digital currency called Zcash - and he's not alone.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Alphabet reports Q3 2016 revenue of $22.4B, up 20% YoY, as cost-per-click declines 11% YoY  —  Alphabet's strategy of trying to stuff the difference between declining mobile advertising value with additional clicks appears to still be paying off as the company once again showed Wall Street …

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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
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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